Riots have erupted in Portland, Oregon following the controversial verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, with several protests also being sparked across the country.
On August 25, 2020, aged 17, Rittenhouse travelled 20 miles to protests that had broken out over the shooting of Jacob Blake. Here, the teenager fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and injured Gaige Grosskreutz using an AR-15-style rifle.
Following Rittenhouse’s acquittal on Friday, protests broke out in several cities across the country.
Meanwhile, protests in Portland prompted officials to declare a riot. Amid roughly 200 protesters, a group of around ’10 to 20′ broke windows and tossed objects at police, according to Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
After the group began ‘tampering with’ a gate outside the Multnomah County Justice Center, the law enforcement agency declared a riot.
The protests have pointed out the imbalance in the US criminal justice system and some have warned it could set a precedent for vigilante violence on protesters calling for equality. One sign from the Brooklyn protest read ‘open season on civil disobedience and protests’.
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