Kyle Rittenhouse family spokesman David Hancock reacted after the 18-year-old was found not guilty on all counts on Friday by lashing out at critics who he said “didn’t want to not hear the facts “in the case.
“He got a lot of crap cards and he stayed strong and his family stayed strong,” Hancock said. “There have been ups and downs and finally after all this time he’s a free man.”
Rittenhouse, 18, has been charged with reckless first degree homicide, reckless endangering first degree security, first degree intentional homicide and attempted first degree homicide after he shot dead two men and injuring another during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August 2020 following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. His legal team argued that Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the incident, was acting in self-defense.
The prosecution was accused of making several missteps throughout the trial, including accusing Rittenhouse of chasing one of the men, when video footage showed otherwise.
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But many media experts and even lawmakers appeared to condemn Rittenhouse before the defense made its case.
“A lot of people just didn’t want to admit the facts and the truth,” Hancock told Fox News.
Representative Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., For example, tweeted that Rittenhouse was a “white supremacist national terrorist” following the unrest in Kenosha.
“A 17-year-old white supremacist national terrorist crossed state lines armed with an AR 15,” Pressley wrote in 2020. “He shot 2 people who had gathered to assert worth, dignity and the value of black life. “
In a video from the 2020 presidential campaign, then-candidate Joe Biden suggested Rittenhouse was a white supremacist and called on President Trump to condemn him and several others.
Speaker of the Democratic House Caucus Hakeem Jeffries told the jury to “Lock up Kyle Rittenhouse and throw away the key” earlier this month as the trial began.
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Hancock said he had never been nervous that the trial took so long because he believed the jury was taking their time and “paying attention to every trial.”
“They had to be right” about their verdict, Hancock said, adding that “they had been”.
“I’m more than proud of Kyle for the way he’s handled this past year and I’m so relieved that he can live his life like an innocent man,” he said.
Hancock said he expects “big things” to come out of Rittenhouse in the next few years as the teenager plans to return to Arizona State University.
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Rittenhouse and his family immediately left the courthouse and surrounding area after the verdict. When asked if the family are concerned for his safety, Hancock said they “are going to do what we need to do to keep Kyle safe.”
Rittenhouse would have been sentenced to life imprisonment had he been convicted.