NEW YORK (AP) – Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted of charges of killing two men and injuring another in the riots following the shooting of a black man by a white police officer, says in a new interview that he is “not racist. man ”and supports the Black Lives Matter movement.
“This case has nothing to do with the race. It never had anything to do with race. It had to do with the right to self-defense, ”Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson, 18, said in an interview that will air Monday night.…
Rittenhouse turned 17 last year when he drove 20 miles from his home in Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha, Wisconsin, which was in protest following the August 23 murder of Jacob Blake. The Kenosha incident and backlash – protests that turned destructive – became part of national recognition for the use of force by the police against blacks. following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May at the hands of the police.
Rittenhouse, armed with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle, joined others in saying they intend to protect private property from potential damage on August 25. During the trial, the prosecutor’s office argued that the teenager, as a “soldier imitator”, went to look for trouble. that night. Rittenhouse objected that he shot in self-defense after the attack and out of fear for his life.
The shootings quickly made Rittenhouse a rallying cry for Second Amendment rights advocates. and those outraged by the sometimes violent protests that have taken place in some American cities since Floyd’s death.
Rittenhouse was photographed in a bar in front of the court with prominent members of the far-right Proud Boys. Rittenhouse attorneys said he was not a white supremacist.
“I’m not a racist. I support the BLM movement, I support peaceful demonstrations, ”Rittenhouse tells Carlson in an interview published by Fox News ahead of its airing.
Jury found Rittenhouse not guilty last Friday on charges of murder, attempted murder and reckless threatening in the deaths of 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and 26-year-old Anthony Huber; and the injury of 28-year-old Gage Grosskreutz.