Protests appear suddenly in New York and other cities across the country Friday night sequel to Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal, resulting in not less than five arrests and some property damage in Queens, as stated by the NYPD.
Police tweeted a photo of intentionally damage vehicles in Queens, inclusive of a car with handicap plates that had “F–k you” graffitied on the back in black spray paint.
“The NYPD takes its responsibility to protect the 1st amendment rights of peaceful demonstrators seriously,” the tweet said.
“Just as important is the safety of NYers & the protection of property from people breaking the law in the name of protest. As seen tonight in Queens, they will be arrested.”
Law enforcement sources stated that five people were apprehended for reportedly damaging cars and houses in Middle Village.
Robert Holden, Queens Councilman disclosed to The Post that protesters tore through Crowley Park, and were as well “jumping on cars and stealing American flags” on residential streets in Middle Village and Maspeth.
Holden raged over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s statement publicly denouncing the verdict, saying it “added gasoline to the fire.”
He said he sent the mayor a text that read:
“Thousands of families mind their own business are in danger tonight because of your reckless reaction to the trial verdict.”
Approximately 300 protesters in addition gathered outside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, where the Nets played the Orlando Magic Friday night, publicly denouncing the not-guilty verdict as a shameful racial double standard in the justice system.
Some held signs that read: “no justice in the capitalist courts” and “capitalism breeds racist terror.”
“Although Kyle Rittenhouse did not kill a black person. He was able to kill a white motherf—er and walk free,” one protester said.
The angry group marched across the Brooklyn Bridge and into Lower Manhattan, and dispersed.
For now, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, dozens of protesters gathered outside of the courthouse where Rittenhouse had been exonerated for hours after the Court decision was declared.
A large-scale objection never happened, and the small group was mostly peaceful. One woman was apprehended for drawing “Judge Schroeder must go” on the courthouse walls and steps in chalk, referring to the judge in the Rittenhouse trial, Bruce Schroeder, as stated by local reports.
Chants of “F–k Kyle,” and “No justice, no peace,” rang out from the crowd.
“It pissed me off because he shouldn’t got off,”
Darell Garrett, 39, of Kenosha told The Post of the verdict.
“I feel he should have gotten life for both those bodies. It makes no sense.”
A Kenosha resident, Cosmetologist Stephanie White, as well couldn’t wrap her head around the jury’s decision.
“What brings me out? How they freed that boy. That don’t make no sense,” she said.
Breonna Reasby, 21, said that when she first heard the news of the verdict she
“didn’t feel surprised, yet I was very disappointed.”
Anxieties increased rapidly and dramatically in Portland, Oregon where a riot was formally announced after a group of approximately 200 protesters began hurling objects at police officers and destroying city buildings, cops said.
Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell told KOIN that it is
“reasonable to expect there will be some type of reaction to the verdict.”
Further small protests took place in Chicago, where people assembled on the city’s streets to disapprove the judgement for a 90 minute peaceful march, local media reported. The Chicago Police Department had canceled many officers’ days off in expectation of any disturbance sequel to the verdict, as stated by WGN.
Lori Lightfoot, Chicago Mayor released a declaration in reaction to Friday’s verdict in which she persistently persuade residents to “respect the jury’s decision,” at the same time condemning Rittenhouse’s actions.
“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.”