Perspectives: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Summary from AllSides News Team
The first week of testimony has concluded in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teenager charged with killing two people and injuring a third with an AR-15 rifle during a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The 18-year-old has pleaded not guilty to all seven charges being brought against him, including "two counts of homicide, one reckless and one intentional, and two counts of recklessly endangering safety." The trial is set to conclude during the week of Nov. 15, where the court will then decide whether Rittenhouse is guilty of intentional homicide or if he acted in self-defense.
Voices from both sides of the political spectrum were likely to accuse the trial of being "biased" — but for different reasons. Many right-rated voices denounced Democrats for "continuing to insist that certain types of politically motivated violence and destruction are OK, even necessary" — referring to the looting that resulted in "at least $1 billion to $2 billion of paid insurance claims." Right-rated outlets were also likely to emphasize that "the Rittenhouse trial has nothing to do with race," insisting that the case has been "instigated by Democrats and the media for political purposes."
Many left-rated outlets linked the Rittenhouse trial to the "significant rise in political violence in the US," criticizing Republicans for embracing Rittenhouse "as a patriotic martyr." Some left-rated voices criticized Judge Bruce Schroeder for ruling that the men shot by Rittenhouse should not be referred to as 'victims' "until or if he is convicted of a crime" yet continued to label protesters as 'looters' — an example of "why many Americans demand systemic reforms." Left-rated outlets also highlighted data that concluded nearly 40% of Republicans believe "the use of political force is justified if elected leaders won’t protect America," more specifically “the traditional American way of life.”
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From the RightKyle Rittenhouse Doesn’t Need Reasonable Doubt. His Prosecutors Do
Prosecutors in the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse so far have a case that comes down to this: What if the things our witnesses say they saw and thought during that fateful night of rioting last year are all wrong?
If this were a legitimate murder trial, and not one instigated by Democrats and the media for political purposes, that’s the kind of argument that a defense team would be making. It’s a concept otherwise known as “reasonable doubt.”
But in a very weird turn of events, it’s lawyers for the state of Wisconsin who are...
From the LeftKyle Rittenhouse is on trial in Wisconsin, but so is vigilantism
A jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has begun hearing evidence that will help them decide whether Kyle Rittenhouse is guilty of reckless or intentional homicide in the shooting of three people during August 2020 racial injustice protests, or if he acted in self-defense.
What’s really on trial, though, is citizen vigilantism. At a moment when Americans’ willingness to use political violence has already skyrocketed, this trial’s outcome risks legitimizing individual violent action and galvanizing civilians who are unhappy with the direction of the country to take matters into their own hands. This...
From the Left4 takeaways from the first week of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial
The first week of testimony has come to a close in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old charged with homicide after he shot and killed two protesters at a demonstration in Kenosha, Wis., in August 2020.
The protests in Kenosha began after police shot Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, on Aug. 23, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Multiple nights of unrest followed, with rioters destroying police cars and burning and damaging businesses.
On Aug. 25, ahead of the third night of protests, Rittenhouse, then 17, drove...