Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, who was acquitted last week of murder after a deadly shooting during protests in the US city of Kenosha, says he is not a racist and supports the Black Lives Matter movement. He said this in an interview with Fox News.
Rittenhouse has not been officially prosecuted since November 19 for the shooting of two protesters. During the hearing of his lawsuit, the teenager could count on a lot of support from far-right groups that oppose the Black Lives Matter movement. However, the 18-year-old tells Fox News that he supports Black Lives Matter. “The lawsuit had nothing to do with race. It was about the right to defend yourself. I am not a racist person and I support the Black Lives Matter movement. I have absolutely nothing against peaceful protests,” Rittenhouse said.
During the interview, Rittenhouse also said that he believes the justice system in the United States should be overhauled. For example, he says that the prosecutor in his trial was guilty of misconduct. “I believe change is needed. There is a lot of misconduct from prosecutors. Not just in my case, but in many other cases. I find it remarkable to see how a prosecutor can take advantage of a situation.” According to him, the prosecutor wanted to make it appear that he was out for violence that night.
At the end of August last year, Rittenhouse, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, went to the American city of Kenosha, where protests were underway after Jacob Blake was shot by police. In his own words, the teenager moved to the city to protect local entrepreneurs. After some protesters tried to disarm him, Rittenhouse opened fire. He killed two people and injured a third person.
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