Protests took place in New York and other cities across the country Friday night in response to Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal, resulting in at least five arrests and some property damage in Queens, according to the NYPD.
Police tweeted a photo of vandalized vehicles in Queens, including a car with handicap plates that had “F–k you” graffitied on the back in black spray paint.
“The NYPD takes its responsibility to protect the 1st amendment rights of peaceful demonstrators seriously,” the tweet said. “Just as important is the safety of NYers & the protection of property from people breaking the law in the name of protest. As seen tonight in Queens, they will be arrested.”
In Portland, Oregon, police on Friday night declared as a riot a demonstration against the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, who killed two men and injured another in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020.
The protest of about 200 people was declared a riot after protesters started breaking windows, throwing objects at police and talked about burning down the Justice Center, KOIN TV reported.
Portland Police Bureau Chief Chuck Lovell said shortly after the verdict that officers were working on plans for Friday night and the weekend, KOIN reported. By about 8:50 p.m., about 200 protesters had gathered in downtown Portland and blocked streets. By 9 p.m.., windows were broken and doors of city facilities were damaged. Police tweeted objects were being thrown at officers in the area., KOIN reported.
In Kenosha, Wisconsin, dozens of protesters congregated outside of the courthouse where Rittenhouse had been acquitted, for hours after the decision was announced. A large-scale protest never materialized, and the small group was largely peaceful. One woman was arrested for drawing “Judge Schroeder must go” on the courthouse walls.
Chants of “F–k Kyle,” and “No justice, no peace,” rang out from the crowd. “It pissed me off because he shouldn’t got off,” Darell Garrett, 39, of Kenosha told The Post of the verdict. “I feel he should have gotten life for both those bodies. It makes no sense.”
Cosmetologist Stephanie White, a Kenosha resident, also couldn’t wrap her head around the jury’s decision. “What brings me out? How they freed that boy. That don’t make no sense,” she said. Breonna Reasby, 21, said that when she first heard the news of the verdict, she “didn’t feel surprised, yet I was very disappointed.”
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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