Chicago/Suburbs

Chicago Police Prepare For Rittenhouse Verdict

by Judd Mustin, The Chicago Times

November 10, 2021

CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department announced that one regular day off for all officers will be canceled this weekend in order to counter possible unrest in face of a Rittenhouse verdict.

Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, is accused of fatally shooting three people during unrest in Kenosha in August 2020.

Kenosha County prosecutors rested their murder case on Tuesday, after 5 1/2 days of testimony that aimed to portray Rittenhouse as the aggressor but frequently bolstered the teen’s defense team.  Rittenhouse claims he was afraid that his gun would be taken away and used against him.

The former police youth cadet from Antioch, Illinois, was 17 when he went to Kenosha with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle and a medical kit in what he claimed was an effort to protect property from the damaging protests that erupted after a white Kenosha police officer shot Jacob Blake, a Black man.

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