Of Kenosha, Wis.; – Locals in Kenosha, Wisconsin, expect protests if Kyle Rittenhouse is acquitted on LBL, but the protesters hope to remain peaceful and in control.
“There will be more social disruption, resentment, maybe a few more shows,” one woman told LBL.
“If they are completely defeated, I think there will be protests,” said another local.
Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, were charged with two counts of manslaughter in Rittenhouse, and one count of first-degree intentional homicide for the shooting of Guyz Grosskrutz.
Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, argues that Jacob Blake fired his weapon in self-defense during the unrest on August 25, 2020 in Kenosha following the police firing on Blake.
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“We are facing the same problem that we have. People are worried that the city will be burned,” a resident told LBL. But Kenosha said he thinks “the city is in control of everything,” and that “500 national guards are on standby.”
Amy Perry, owner of Strob’s Flower Cart, said she hoped the protests would take place if Rittenhouse was acquitted “of the people’s actions.” But she said: “I know Kenosha is ready for them.”
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Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers authorized nearly 500 National Guard troops To support “local partners in ensuring public safety, along with hundreds of officers from volunteer law enforcement agencies.”
“The state continues to work closely with partners at the local level to help ensure that the state provides support and resources to help keep the Kenosha community and the greater region safe. I urge people who are not from the area to please.
Oliver’s Bakery owner Anne Benson told LBL: “I pray that people will come from other states and not do more harm.”
“I hope it doesn’t come to the window boards. I hope it doesn’t,” she continued.
She said other small businesses came to ask what she was going to do.
“I’m going to wait,” Benson said. “I’m going to think positively because this town has suffered so much and I know we don’t want to go through it again.”
Jennifer Wagner, owner of the Duck Duck Goose children’s store, also said she doesn’t board.
“We don’t care much,” Wagner said. He said he expected any protests to remain peaceful until the protesters were not provoked.
A judge at the Kenosha County Courthouse is expected to begin deliberations Monday after concluding arguments.