Kyle Rittenhouse Trial: Wisconsin Governor Orders National Guard to Kenosha ahead of Verdict

Kyle Rittenhouse sits with his lawyers throughout his trial at the Kenosha County Court House in Kenosha, Wis., November 11, 2021. (Sean Krajacic/Pool by means of Reuters)

Wisconsin guv Tony Evers has actually contacted the National Guard ahead of an upcoming decision in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.

About 500 guardsmen will be released to a staging location outside the city of Kenosha to help regional law-enforcement officers if required. Closing arguments in Rittenhouse’s trial are arranged for Monday, after which the jury will start considerations. It is uncertain when a decision will be reached.

“We continue to be in close contact with our partners at the local level to ensure the state provides support and resources to help keep the Kenosha community and greater area safe,” Evers stated in a declaration Friday. “The Kenosha community has been strong, resilient, and has come together through incredibly difficult times these past two years, and that healing is still ongoing.”

Rioters burned Kenosha companies to the ground in August 2020, after a law enforcement officer shot and immobilized a suspect while reacting to a domestic call. Evers contacted possible demonstrators not to go to Kenosha following the decision in the Rittenhouse trial.

“I urge folks who are otherwise not from the area to please respect the community by reconsidering any plans to travel there and encourage those who might choose to assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights to do so safely and peacefully,” Evers stated.

Rittenhouse shot 3 individuals throughout the 2020 riots, eliminating 2 and injuring one. While Rittenhouse has actually been charged with murder over the shootings, he argues that he fired his rifle in self-defense after being assaulted.

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Zachary Evans is a news author for National Evaluation Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and an experienced violist.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.