Release of teenager accused of murdering two anti-racist protesters in Kenosha

A 17-year-old American teenager, charged with the premeditated murder of two anti-racist protesters in August in Wisconsin, has been released after paying $ 2 million bail.

Kyle Rittenhouse “Got out of prison”, his lawyer, Lin Wood, wrote on Twitter, thanking those who had helped raise the money needed to get him released, through a legal defense fund. For mee Wood, his client, President Donald Trump supporter and gun lover, is a “Political prisoner” who did not “What to try to help others and defend yourself when attacked”.

Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement describe him as a white supremacist, while conservatives portray him as a patriot exercising his right to bear arms.

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He remains nevertheless prosecuted for intentional homicide, endangering the life of others and possession of a firearm by a minor. Wisconsin law does not allow minors to carry or own a firearm unless they are hunting. He is due in court on December 3 for a preliminary hearing.

Demonstrations against police violence

According to U.S. media reports, on August 25, Kyle Rittenhouse traveled to Kenosha, 19 miles from his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, to ” protect “ the city of rioters on the sidelines of demonstrations against police violence. The protests erupted after an agent seriously injured an African-American, Jacob Blake, by shooting him several times in the back at point blank range. The father survived, but may never walk again.

Videos posted on August 25 appear to show Kyle Rittenhouse armed with an assault rifle amid protesters. On one of the tapes, he appears to run away as another youth crumbles to the ground with a bullet in the head. In another video, we see him being chased by a group, falling to the ground, turning around with his gun in his hand. Shots are then audible. Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber were killed. A third protester, Gaige Grosskreutz, was injured.

Donald Trump went to Kenosha in early September, in the middle of the presidential campaign, and then refused to condemn Kyle Rittenhouse’s actions.

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Le Monde with AFP and AP


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