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Pritzker provides statement on Rittenhouse verdict: 'We must do better than this.'

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Governor Pritzker speaks during a press conference on Feb. 23, 2021.

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.

RELATED: Parents of man shot, killed by Rittenhouse release statement following not guilty verdict

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. 

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Andy Carrigan is the Social Media & Digital Content Manager at WREX. He joined the 13 WREX team as a photographer in 2016 after graduating from Northern Illinois University.

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