Some protesters want Rittenhouse dead and question the legitimacy of a jury trial

Other protesters declared that "the jury is a freaking hoax" and pressured the judge to not declare a mistrial.

Protesters honor Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum outside the Kenosha courthouse. (Kyle Hooten/Alpha News)

Some protesters outside the courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, bayed for blood Thursday as a jury continues to deliberate Kyle Rittenhouse’s fate.

Rittenhouse shot three people, killing two, in a claimed self-defense incident after he was charged by left-wing rioters during unrest in Kenosha last year. A jury has been deciding his guilt or innocence since Tuesday. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison — but this isn’t good enough for some people who wish he would have been killed already.

“Kyle should have never made it to trial,” declared one protester on the front steps of the Kenosha courthouse Thursday. This appears to be the same individual who livestreamed a protest earlier this month at the home of a Minneapolis judge, during which activist Cortez Rice said he knows people spying on the Rittenhouse jury.

Other protesters declared that “the jury is a freaking hoax” and pressured the judge to not declare a mistrial. Presently, a mistrial is a possibility as many question why a high resolution version of a video that would likely help Rittenhouse’s case was not presented to the jury while a low resolution one that seems to hurt his case was.

Although Thursday’s events were mostly peaceful, one black anti-Rittenhouse protester did threaten to kill a white counter-protester who said a racial slur multiple times, questioning why black people are allowed to use the term freely while white people are not.

“Let me tell you something, I’m finna fry the f– out you, I’m finna gun yo’ ass,” the first protester said to the one who used a slur. “You know why black people like soup? Because we can legally drown a f–ing cracker,” he continued.

Another man actually brought a gun to the protest and was arrested while sporting the black and red garments associated with certain left-wing activist groups.

Meanwhile, a handful of figures outside the courthouse actively tried to promote peace. One man held a large wooden peace symbol across the street from the protest for over three hours. Another led a prayer.

Some notable people also made appearances at the courthouse steps on Thursday. Mark and Patricia McCloskey walked through the crowd as Mark promoted his senatorial bid and protesters hurled insults. The McCloskeys were rocketed to fame last year after they were photographed protecting their St. Louis home with firearms as a mob threatened to burn down their neighborhood.

Damik Wright was also in attendance. He is the brother of Daunte Wright, who was shot by a female police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, after she mistook her gun for a Taser. Damik helped lead a chant promising “no peace” if Rittenhouse isn’t convicted.

“If we don’t get it, shut it down,” the chant continued

Throughout the day, protesters also demanded justice for “Anthony and JoJo,” referring to the two men Rittenhouse killed: Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum. Defending these two men comes with its fair share of controversy, as Huber is a convicted domestic abuser and Rosenbaum raped five boys ages 9-11.

Rosenbaum was shot after chasing Rittenhouse at the behest of another man, Joshua Ziminski, who told Rosenbaum to “get” and “kill” Rittenhouse. Ziminski also fired a gun as the chase began.


Kyle Hooten

Kyle Hooten is Managing Editor of Alpha News. His coverage of Minneapolis has been featured on television shows like Tucker Carlson Tonight and in print media outlets like the Wall Street Journal.