The Acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse
This episode contains strong language.
On Aug. 25, 2020, Kyle Rittenhouse, a teenager, shot three men, two of them fatally, during street protests in Kenosha, Wis., over the shooting of a Black man by a white police officer.
Mr. Rittenhouse’s trial, which began on Nov. 1, revolved around a central question: Did his actions constitute self-defense under Wisconsin law?
Last week, a jury decided that they did, finding him not guilty on every count against him.
We look at key moments from the trial and at how the verdict was reached.
Guest: Julie Bosman, the Chicago bureau chief of The New York Times.
- Mr. Rittenhouse’s acquittal pointed to the wide berth given to defendants who say they acted out of fear.
- The trial highlighted the deep division over gun rights in the United States.
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