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Kyle Rittenhouse Breaks Silence After Not Guilty Verdict

Anish Vij

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Kyle Rittenhouse Breaks Silence After Not Guilty Verdict

Kyle Rittenhouse has spoke publicly for the first time after being found not guilty on all counts in his homicide trial after he killed two men and wounded a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August last year. Watch what he said below:


Fox News host Tucker Carlson tweeted a teaser for an upcoming documentary on the teenager due to air next month.

In the footage, Rittenhouse is seen after the verdict has been delivered in the back of a car. He says: "I believe they came to the correct verdict, and I'm glad everything went well.

"It's been a rough journey, but we made it through it.

"We made it through the hard part."

Rittenhouse used an AR-style semi-automatic rifle - which, according to his lawyers, he feared would be taken away and used against him.

As he gave evidence in court last week, he broke down crying as he told the jury how, in the moments leading up to him shooting and killing 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum, he was threatened twice by the man.

Rittenhouse recalled: "He screamed, 'If I catch any of you f** alone, I'm going to f** kill you'.

"The second time he said 'I'm going to cut your f** hearts out and kill you N-words'."

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

In his opening statement, prosecutor Thomas Binger described the unrest as 'two of the roughest nights that our community has ever seen', and said outsiders were drawn to Kenosha 'like moths to a flame'.

Yet Binger repeatedly stressed that amid the hundreds of people in Kenosha, and the anger and chaos in the streets, 'the only person who killed anyone is the defendant, Kyle Rittenhouse'.

Rittenhouse claimed he went to the city to protect property after two nights of rioting.

His lawyer, Mark Richards, also told the jury that his client acted in self-defence as one of the men dove for his gun while others kicked him in the face and clubbed him in the head with a skateboard.

During the trial, the jurors were shown drone footage of the fatal shooting, where Rosenbaum could be seen being shot at close range.

The video showed Rosenbaum following Rittenhouse, before Rittenhouse suddenly spun around and fired his rifle at him.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Rittenhouse then killed Anthony Huber, a 26-year-old protester seen hitting Rittenhouse with a skateboard in a video filmed by a bystander.

The teen shooter then went on to wound Gaige Grosskreutz, a protester and volunteer medic who has since testified against Rittenhouse.

Following the verdict, family spokesperson David Hancock has revealed that Rittenhouse is now set to pursue a career in nursing.

"He can be an 18-year-old young man," Hancock told Fox6.

"He is studying pre-requisites at Arizona State University for nursing and he is going to continue that. We're going to do everything we can to make sure he can live a normal life moving forward."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Kyle Rittenhouse

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