Race and right to bear arms hang heavy over trial of teen gunman

Seventeen-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse is in the dock for the shootings of three men during a riot in Wisconsin, but accusations of racial bias are flying thick and fast even before the proceedings begin

7th November, 2021
Race and right to bear arms hang heavy over trial of teen gunman
Kyle Rittenhouse: currently one of the most polarising figures in a bitterly divided America. Picture: Getty

On August 25, 2020, seventeen-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse drove from his home in Illinois to Kenosha, a town in the neighbouring state of Wisconsin.

Armed with an AR-15-style assault weapon that a friend had purchased illegally on his behalf, he was responding to a social media call from a white militia group that exhorted armed males to assemble in downtown Kenosha to protect the white business district from rioters and Black Lives Matter protesters.

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