Vice President Kamala Harris reacted to the outcome of the Wisconsin murder trial of 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse with calls for reforms to the criminal justice system.
In a statement, Harris said the jury’s verdict of not guilty shows there is “a lot more work to do” to make the justice system “more equitable,” Fox News reported.
“The verdict really speaks for itself,” Harris said, according to Fox. “As many of you know, I’ve spent a majority of my career working to make the criminal justice system more equitable, and clearly, there’s a lot more work to do.”
Because the Rittenhouse trial didn’t end in the way Harris envisioned, the entire system is broken, she says. It’s typical leftist logic.
After several days of deliberation, the jury in the Rittenhouse trial found the teen not guilty of all five charges he was facing, Breitbart reported. This included first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional reckless homicide, failure to comply with an emergency order from a local government, and possession of a dangerous weapon.
The charges stem from an incident that took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last August, during riots sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse says he went to Kenosha, where his father lived and where he worked as a lifeguard, to help members of the community protect their property amid the unrest. During an exchange with some of the rioters, Rittenhouse shot three individuals, killing two and injuring another.
At trial, Rittenhouse’s defense team made a strong case of self defense, including securing testimony from the man who survived being shot by Rittenhouse admitting that he pointed his gun at the teen before Rittenhouse shot him.
But while it was enough to convince the jury, progressives everywhere were left outraged.
Biden speaks out
Besides Harris, President Joe Biden also voiced displeasure with the outcome of the Rittenhouse trial. “While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken,” he said, according to Breitbart.
The president added: “I ran on a promise to bring Americans together, because I believe that what unites us is far greater than what divides us. I know that we’re not going to heal our country’s wounds overnight, but I remain steadfast in my commitment to do everything in my power to ensure that every American is treated equally, with fairness and dignity, under the law.”
Biden concluded by calling upon everyone to “express their views peacefully, consistent with the rule of law.”