Kyle Howard Rittenhouse, 18, of Antioch, Illinois, United States has been acquitted. Donald John Trump, Jr., 43, of Manhattan, New York City, USA and Candace Amber Owens, 32, of Stamford, Connecticut, USA are among those who are celebrating the verdict.
On August 25, 2020, Rittenhouse shot Gaige Paul Grosskreutz, 27, of West Allis, Wisconsin, USA, Anthony Michael Huber, then 26, of Kenosha, Wisconsin and Joseph Donald Rosenbaum, then 37, of Waco, Texas, USA during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Kenosha. Grosskreutz survived while Huber and Rosenbaum died.
During the demonstration, Rittenhouse was one of the armed civilians who wanted to protect businesses from vandalism. Grosskreutz, Huber and Rosenbaum were among the protesters demanding justice for Jacob Blake, Jr., 30, of Kenosha, who was shot by Kenosha Police Department officer Rusten Sheskey, 32, on August 23, 2020.
On November 10, 2021, Rittenhouse sobbed at his murder trial while he was on the witness stand. National Basketball Association player LeBron James, 36, of Akron, Ohio, USA took to Twitter to mock the teenager.
Rittenhouse was charged with one count of first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment. On November 19, 2021, he was found not guilty on all counts.
After learning the verdict, Trump took to Twitter to mock James. Owens quickly retweeted the statement of the 45th U.S. president’s son.
James has yet to respond to Trump and Owens’ tweets. The Los Angeles Lakers player has not released a statement about Rittenhouse’s acquittal either.
Meanwhile, James is returning to the Los Angeles Lakers’ lineup against the Boston Celtics. The game between the two NBA teams will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, USA hours after Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges related to the shooting in Kenosha on August 25, 2020.