PSL Statement: Rittenhouse Acquittal Hands Racist Vigilantes A License To Kill + Protests Erupt Across US Over Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict – Dandelion Salad

The acquittal of Rittenhouse has tremendously dangerous ramifications. It effectively hands a license to kill to right-wing vigilantes, who will now feel even more empowered to terrorize people in the name of “law and order.” There is a long and deadly tradition of far right militia-type violence in the United States, and this threat has now been given a huge boost by the state.

The kangaroo court presided over by Judge Bruce Schroeder was a disgrace, and greatly enhanced Rittenhouse’s chances of acquittal by the nearly all-white jury. The process was rigged from the start, and grew more and more absurd with each passing day.

A cell phone video featuring audio of Rittenhouse from two weeks prior to the events of August 25 gives a window into his state of mind at the time. The video zooms in on people leaving a CVS with objects in their hands, presumably participating in the looting of the store. A speaker, who sounds exactly like Rittenhouse, can be heard saying, “Bro, I wish I had my f—— AR right now. I’d be shooting rounds at them.” Despite the prosecution’s attempt to get the video admitted as evidence, the biased judge Schroeder rejected that motion.

Protests against the racist police shooting of Jacob Blake continued on August 25 and were marked by a notable increase in vigilante presence. Rittenhouse traveled to Kenosha from his home in Illinois that day and later at night he went to his friend’s stepfather’s home to retrieve his weapon. He then joined a right-wing militia gathered at a car dealership called Car Source. The owner of the dealership did not ask them to “protect” the location. Rittenhouse had absolutely no reason to be there — he along with his fellow fascist vigilantes went out heavily armed with the intention to terrorize or even kill their political opponents who were rising up against racism. It is ludicrous for a person in that situation to claim “self-defense.”

PSL Statement: Rittenhouse Acquittal Hands Racist Vigilantes A License To Kill + Protests Erupt Across US Over Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict – Dandelion Salad