Jury selection began Monday in the high-profile case of Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois teenager who is accused of shooting and killing two people and wounding another at a police brutality protest-turned-riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year.
Rittenhouse, a then-17-year-old youth cadet and part-time YMCA lifeguard, faces multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree homicide, attempted homicide, reckless endangerment, and a curfew violation. He has pleaded not guilty. If convicted of first-degree homicide, he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
His case has become a political and social lightning rod, pitting armed citizens against demonstrators who demanded change after Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey, a white man, shot Jacob Blake Jr., a black man, seven times at close range in the back.
Blake’s shooting was one of several race-involved incidents that rocked the nation in 2020.
The incident was caught on video and brought hundreds to the small city nestled on the banks of Lake Michigan between Milwaukee and Chicago . Peaceful protests gave way to violent clashes that ended in two deaths, several injuries, multiple arrests, and $50 million in damages. Rioters burned buildings, looted stores, and caused so much mayhem that it thrust the small manufacturing city into the national spotlight. (Read more from “Jury Selection Begins in Kyle Rittenhouse Trial” HERE)
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