CHICAGO (WREX) — Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has weighed in on Kyle Rittenhouse being cleared of all charges by a jury in Kenosha.
Here's what the governor said:
"Carrying a loaded gun into a community 20 miles from your home and shooting unarmed citizens is fundamentally wrong.
It's a tragedy that the court could not acknowledge that basic fact.
26-year-old Anthony Huber and 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum, a father, had their whole lives ahead of them. They deserved to be alive today. They deserve justice.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all who loved them.
We must do better than this."
The jury came back with its verdict after close to 3 1/2 days of deliberation. Rittenhouse, 18, could have gotten life in prison if found guilty of the most serious charge against him.
The shootings took place during a night of protests over police violence against Black people in the tumultuous summer of 2020.
Rittenhouse is white, as were those he shot.