In Wisconsin, a jury found white gunman Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts. In August of last year, Rittenhouse traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin, during anti-police brutality protests, where he shot and killed two people and wounded a third. Friday’s verdict sparked demonstrations around the country. In a statement, the parents of Anthony Huber, one of the protesters killed by Rittenhouse, said they were “heartbroken and angry” and that the verdict “sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street.” This is Hannah Gittings, the partner of Anthony Huber.
Hannah Gittings: “Every day I wish that I could come home to him and unload some of this weight that’s on my shoulders, but I can’t, because he’s dead. And now the system is telling me that nobody needs to answer for that. And I have a problem with that. I think I’ve been very open in expressing my empathy for the other side of this, but that’s just not reciprocated back.”
Two other closely watched trials continue today. In Georgia, closing arguments are being delivered in the murder trial of the three white men who chased down and fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery. And jurors in Charlottesville, Virginia, are deliberating for a second day in the civil trial against the organizers of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally.