Wisconsin Gov. says the Rittenhouse ruling has “reopened wounds” and asks the community to remain peaceful

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Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers turned somber Friday following the outcome of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, admitting the verdict “reopened wounds” but pleading with the community to remain peaceful.

“Kenoshans are strong, resilient, and have spent the past year working together on healing every day,” he said in a statement. The governor of Wisconsin then urged “anyone who might choose to meet in a ward and exercise their rights under the First Amendment, please do so safely and peacefully.”

Wisconsin Gov.  Tony Evers is waiting to speak at the virtual Democratic National Convention on August 19, 2020 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is waiting to speak at the virtual Democratic National Convention on August 19, 2020 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Kenosha, Wisconsin caught the nation’s attention in the summer of 2020 when intense racist protests turned into nighttime riots that devastated local businesses and overran police forces.

By August 2020, Kenosha became a political hotspot in the presidential election after Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two men and injured a third for 17 years.

Rittenhouse, now 18, testified that he acted in self-defense after traveling to town to protect private property from rioters.

Kyle Rittenhouse reacts after he was found not guilty on all counts on Friday, November 19, 2021 at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  The jury returned with its verdict after almost 3 1/2 days of deliberation.

Kyle Rittenhouse reacts after he was found not guilty on all counts on Friday, November 19, 2021 at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The jury returned with its verdict after almost 3 1/2 days of deliberation.
(Sean Krajacic / The Kenosha News via AP, Pool)

The case, emblematic of the political division in the US, was closed on Friday after Rittenhouse was acquitted on all counts.

Evers appeared concerned that protests against the verdict could flare up violence and urged surrounding communities to keep the peace.

Protests outside the Kenosha County Courthouse in response to the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial.

Protests outside the Kenosha County Courthouse in response to the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial.
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“We must have peace in Kenosha and our communities, and any effort or action aimed at sowing division is undesirable in our state as it will only hinder this healing,” said Evers. “I have seen the pain and frustration of so many and we must stand firm in our commitment to ending violence in our communities and assist victims and survivors in healing trauma.

“We have to move forward together, more united and more motivated in order to shape the future that we want for our state.”

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