America braced for more turmoil as teenage gunman walks free

The acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot dead two protesters at a Black Lives Matter rally in Wisconsin last year, has emboldened the American far right and led to fears that more shootings at such events are now inevitable

21st November, 2021
America braced for more turmoil as teenage gunman walks free
Kyle Rittenhouse closes his eyes and cries as he is found not guilty on all counts at the Kenosha County Courthouse on Friday. Picture: Getty

"Kyle Rittenhouse is not guilty, my friends. You have a right to defend yourself. Be armed, be dangerous, be moral."

So said Madison Cawthorn, a Republican congressman from North Carolina, in an Instagram video posted shortly after 18-year-old Rittenhouse was acquitted on all charges related to his shooting dead of two unarmed men, and the wounding of a third, during Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha in Wisconsin last year.

As Republicans and the far...

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