KENOSHA, Wisconsin (CBS 58) – Heads of state are calling for a peaceful response when the verdict in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial is delivered.
Kenosha law enforcement has said they are ready to respond if necessary. They monitored the situation and said there was no need for stricter security measures at this time.
“To date, we have no reason to facilitate road closures, impose curfews or ask our communities to change their daily routines,” said the Kenosha Police Department and the Office of the Sheriff of Kenosha in a joint statement.
The Kenosha Police Department and the Kenosha Sheriff’s Office said they were working with state and federal resources to improve their response capabilities to large-scale events.
“It is vital that the town of Kenosha is safe after the verdict is announced,” Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said. “The people of Kenosha have been through so much over the past year, and whatever the verdict, I encourage people to respond peacefully, and it is essential that there is no violence or destruction at Kenosha. “
There are around 500 National Guard soldiers deployed nearby.
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Numerous protesters were outside the Kenosha County courthouse on Tuesday. Kyle Rittenhouse supporters continue to say he acted in self-defense.
“Where is the responsibility of the person who pursued him? As the responsible person, I do not pursue people, with or without weapons.”
On the other side of the fence, others are hoping for a guilty verdict.
“This young man shouldn’t have been on the street with that gun, he didn’t know how to handle it, it was illegal at the time, what happened was tragic. This man here frying on a bench, except for when you’re in jail, ”said Justin Blake. Blake is Jacob’s uncle.
The issue the two sides cannot agree on is why Rittenhouse is in Kenosha on August 25, 2021.
Dave Graham came to Kenosha from Ohio. He says he’s on no side. He just wants peace and healing.
“I didn’t come here at all for that, I have strong feelings but it doesn’t matter, what matters is truth and peace,” Graham said.
Local organizations held a mini press conference outside the courthouse.
“As we await the verdict of the Rittenhouse trial, we as Kenosha activists call for peace as we always have, we pledge to continue to put the safety of our community first. We speak out. those who feel daring by the murders of Anthony and JoJo threaten us, hurt us and kill us, “said Tanya McLean. She is a member of the Kenosha Leaders.
“The jury is heavy, but this is democracy, this is justice, and this case means a lot to us across the country, especially blacks and browns. We want equal protection in front of the law, ”says Tavis Grant. He is the National Field Director of the Rainbow Push Coalition.