Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot urged the public to “respect” the outcome of Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial — but still condemned his actions.
Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges on Friday (November 19). He was charged in connection with an August 25, 2020 incident, in which he traveled from Illinois to Wisconsin after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. While he was in Kenosha, encounters with three people turned violent. Rittenhouse shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber. He also shot Gaige Grosskreutz, who survived. Jurors reportedly found that Rittenhouse will not face jail time because he acted in self defense.
“I am aware of the jury’s verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case, and under our constitutional system, we must respect the jury’s decision,” Lightfoot said in a statement Friday afternoon. “However’ no one should ever take the law into their own hands, or attempt to make themselves the judge, jury, and executioner. What Kyle Rittenhouse did was reckless, dangerous, and showed an utter disregard for human life.”
“My condolences go out to the family, friends, and loved ones of the victims during this difficult time. Let us also remember and pray for Jacob Blake and his family as he continues his journey of rehabilitation.”