Day 1 After the Rittenhouse Verdict

Where do we go from here?

Scott Snyder

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Kyle Rittenhouse-Source: techregister.co.uk

I was not surprised by the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict of not guilty. If you have read any of my previous stories, you probably know that it’s always been my belief that Rittenhouse was in fear of being killed that night in Kenosha. It’s important to understand, that in Wisconsin, when a defendant issues a self-defense claim, the burden is 100% on the state to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant did not fear death. And that is a very difficult burden to meet. The state had their work cut out for them, from the beginning.

I believe that the jury made the correct decision in finding Rittenhouse not guilty, after three and a half days of deliberation. But in saying that, I’m in no way saying that I believe in Kyle Rittenhouse. I’ve said before — Rittenhouse is not a hero — not a brave patriot who went to Kenosha to defend the city, and it’s property. Kyle’s complete disregard for common sense, ended in the death of two men, and the wounding of another. It ended in friends and loved ones, losing an important person in their life. The trickle-down is huge here. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is not okay with me — and it should not be okay with anyone else, either.

What message does the verdict send to America?

I need to make a point here, before I move forward. Much of America did not watch the Rittenhouse trial in its entirety. Many people are basing their beliefs on the outcome, solely on what they have read on social media, heard at the grocery store, heard from the mouths of politicians. And therein lies the problem. Many of us have half the story, some of which may not even be true.

I watched the trial on Court TV from beginning to end. I spent time corresponding with some of Court TV’s reporters and legal analysts, during the trial. That fact, and my own background in law enforcement, are what lead me to state that the jury did indeed make the right call on the self-defense issue. But, now that I’ve made that point — please allow me to make another.

I’m very concerned about the message that is being sent to America, in the wake of Rittenhouse’s acquittal. Many consider Rittenhouse to be nothing short of a vigilante, who went to Kenosha the night of…

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Scott Snyder

I live in Oregon. I’m a retired Police Officer and Forensic Child Interviewer. Writing and music are two of my passions.