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Kyle Rittenhouse verdict calls for protests in downtown Chicago – NBC Chicago

Activists came to downtown Chicago on Saturday to protest the guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial, saying the battle for justice was not over.

Rittenhouse, 18, of Antioch was acquitted on Friday on all five charges related to his actions on August 25 last year during the Kenosha protests of the shooting by a white police officer of a black man, Jacob Blake.

Rittenhouse said he acted in self-defense when he killed two people and injured a third, while prosecutors argued he instigated the bloodshed.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene, R-Ga., Called Kyle Rittenhouse “one of” [the] Good, ”while New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the verdict was“ a miscarriage of justice, an understatement ”.

In a press conference on Saturday, Rev. Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow Push Coalition called on people to march “until the streets are upset”.

From Federal Plaza to Millennium Park and other locations across the city, protests began in the hours following the verdict.

“That’s the only way we can do it,” said Lamar Whitfield, founder of the No More Foundation. “This is the peaceful way to do this, and our voice is the most powerful weapon.”

Prior to the Saturday rally, Jackson urged the US Department of Justice to investigate the process, saying that no one has the right to kill anyone.

A jury on Friday found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts in his murder trial in connection with the shooting of three people during the riots in Kenosha in the summer of 2020. NBC 5’s Charlie Wojciechowski reports.

“We will fight this battle,” said Bishop Tavis Grant, national field director for the Rainbow Push Coalition. “… Yesterday’s verdict tainted our democracy and left a sad day in our nation.”

In the coming week Jackson said he would join members of Congress in appealing to the Justice Department to request an investigation by the DOJ into the matter.

Socialism and Liberation Party organizer Nicholas Stender and his group had previously planned to meet in Millennium Park to oppose an anti-vaccination rally, but joined the demonstration in Federal Plaza.

“I would urge anyone upset by this ruling to join us on the streets,” he said.

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