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The American teenager is acquitted after executing 2 people in racial riots

The American teenager is acquitted after executing 2 people in racial riots

An American teenager who shot dead two men during racial riots has been acquitted of murder charges and all other charges after claiming self-defense, the BBC reports.

Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, killed the men and injured a third on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, 2020.

During the high-profile and politically divisive trial, his lawyer said he had feared for his life. Prosecutors argued he was looking for trouble that night.

National Guard troops have been sent to the city amid fears of unrest. U.S. President Joe Biden called on people to "express their views peacefully," saying that while the outcome of the affair "will leave many Americans feeling angry and anxious, including me, we have to admit that the jury has spoken ".

Rittenhouse shot dead Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and then injured 27-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz. Mr. Rittenhouse and the people he shot are all white.

He faced five charges, including premeditated murder, which carries a life sentence.

His fate was decided by a 12-member jury of seven women and five men, who had spent more than three days discussing.

The teenager began to tremble with tears and almost collapsed as he heard the words "not guilty" read five times.

Two nights before she appeared in Kenosha last year, riots had erupted in her streets after police shot Jacob Blake, a man of color, leaving him paralyzed.

Teen Rittenhouse, then 17, had traveled to the city from his home in Illinois. Armed with a semi-automatic rifle, he said he wanted to help protect the property from riots.

During the trial, jury members were shown videos, sometimes frame by frame, leading up to and after each shot.

In their closing remarks, the lawyers of Mr. Rittenhouse argued that he was "trying to help this community" and "reacted to the people who attacked him". Prosecutors, meanwhile, questioned why he broke the curfew in a city where he did not live and "lay down to guard" people and property he did not know.