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Amnesty International USA Condemns Racist Vigilantism and White Supremacy in the US Criminal Justice System

November 19, 2021

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In response to today’s not guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, Paul O’Brien, executive director of Amnesty International USA, said:

“Today, Kyle Rittenhouse walks free after arming himself, shooting, and killing two people at Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, WI in August 2020. The painful reality is that our country’s criminal justice system — and our society — is predicated on white supremacy and anti-Black racism.

“Failure to regulate guns, in this case semi-automatic military style weapons, has resulted in loss of life across the United States. The state and federal government have a duty to protect people and their right to protest and peacefully assemble. Allowing private individuals, in this case a teenager, to arm themselves and take to the streets with no accountability for their actions will only serve to embolden vigilantism and act as a force multiplier for future violent clashes.

“We must continue to demand action to end gun violence and protect people’s right to protest, the right to live and the right to be free from discrimination.”

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