Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges.
During a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in August 2020, Rittenhouse shot and killed 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and 26-year-old Anthony Huber and wounded 27-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz.
The Antioch, Illinois teen originally faced seven charges, five of which were felonies. One of the charges — possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18 — was dropped by the judge Nov. 15, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
On the fourth day of jury deliberations, a unanimous not guilty verdict was reached on all five counts. The 18-year-old started choking up and fell to the ground after the verdict was read.
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) started cancelling days off for officers last weekend, and police union members said it was in preparation for possible civil unrest in the wake of the jury’s decision, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The case was one of two court cases related to last year’s racial justice movement being watched nationwide. The other trial surrounds the three white men charged with murder — among other charges — for killing 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, who was Black.
Travis McMichael, the man who shot Arbery, testified Nov. 18 that Arbery didn’t threaten him in any way before McMichael shot and killed him, the AP reported.
The defense rested their case in that trial Nov. 19, meaning another verdict could be released shortly.
The university said it’s “keenly aware” of the verdict in the Rittenhouse trial and the ongoing trial of Arbery and is monitoring the situation.
“Should the impact of today’s verdict impact the safety of our campuses in any way, the University will notify the community,” Loyola spokesperson Anna Shymanski Zach said in an email to The Phoenix.
Loyola’s Water Tower Campus and Lake Shore Campus remained open and holding classes as of the evening of Nov. 19.
This all comes after last year’s racial justice protests, which began after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd after he had stopped Floyd for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill.
This is a developing story and updates will be made as they become available.