Al Sharpton shoots Rittenhouse, says teen went to Kenosha to confront protesters

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Al Sharpton claimed on Sunday that Kyle Rittenhouse appeared in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August 2020 to confront protesters.

“I think what people forget is if you start with the wrong premise, you come to the wrong conclusion,” Sharpton said of the jury’s verdict on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart.”

“The reason Kyle Rittenhouse went to Kenosha was because there were protests against a young black man who was shot seven times in the back by the police,” Sharpton continued, further suggesting Rittenhouse was lying when he said he was going to Kenosha. to protect property.

Al Sharpton speaks at a memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis on June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

“He wasn’t a member of that community,” Sharpton said of Rittenhouse, whose father and best friend lived in Kenosha at the time.

Rittenhouse said he went to Kenosha to protect property.

HOW KYLE RITTENHOUSE ENDED IN KENOSHA ARMED WITH AN AR-15

Sharpton also said he is “very concerned” that the jury’s verdict will encourage some people to kill others and claim self-defense.

Family attorney Benjamin Crump speaks as Marcus Arbery (second from right), his former wife Wanda Cooper and Al Sharpton listen outside the Glynn County Courthouse on Nov. 10, 2021 in Brunswick, Georgia.

Family attorney Benjamin Crump speaks as Marcus Arbery (second from right), his former wife Wanda Cooper and Al Sharpton listen outside the Glynn County Courthouse on Nov. 10, 2021 in Brunswick, Georgia.
(AP Photo/Lewis M. Levine Coast)

“Now are people going to come into our protests and kill people or hurt people and claim self-defense?” Sharpton asked, adding that members of Congress who have spoken out in support of Rittenhouse have “anointed” such behavior.

Sharpton’s comments came days after the judges in Kenosha, Wisconsin, acquitted Rittenhouse of all charges related to the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, whom he shot during a riot in the city in August 2020.

Kyle Rittenhouse responds after being found innocent on all counts on November 19, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Kyle Rittenhouse responds after being found innocent on all counts on November 19, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
(Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, Pool)

The shooting occurred on the second night of rioting and violence in the small town of Wisconsin after the police shooting Jacob Blake during a domestic disturbance. The police officer involved in that shooting was not charged at the state or federal level after investigations revealed Blake was reaching for a knife when he was shot.

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Rittenhouse, who claimed he shot the men in self-defense, would have faced a mandatory life sentence if found guilty and convicted of willful first-degree murder. murder.

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