The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse ended this week with a not guilty verdict from the jury.
Even as jurors were deliberating the evidence on Wednesday, protesters clashed with each other on the steps of the Kenosha, Wisconsin, courthouse.
“Allow them to perform their duties”
As CBS News reported, physical violence ensued and led to a pair of arrests.
One suspect was identified as a 20-year-old male facing charges of “battery, disorderly, conduct, and resisting arrest.” The other is a 34-year-old female accused of disorderly conduct.
Following the eruption of unrest on the scene, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement confirming the arrests and seemingly calling out the media for its role in inflaming tensions.
“During the arrests law enforcement needed to deploy several officers to keep crowds of citizens and media from interfering,” the statement explained.
Although the agency noted “the importance of media coverage surrounding the trial,” it noted that the “media and the public have a responsibility to give space to law enforcement and allow them to perform their duties.”
Suspect faces string of criminal charges
Fox News reported that one of the protesters arrested this week is facing additional charges related to allegations of prior criminal activity.
Anthony Chacon was reportedly wearing a “F*** Kyle” T-shirt outside of the courthouse and, according to Sgt. David Wright, “has been charged with felony bail jumping, misdemeanor bail jumping, battery, resisting and disorderly conduct.”
The suspect has two open cases against him still pending. The first involves domestic abuse and disorderly conduct charges from last year and the second concerns an arrest in January.
As for the 2020 charges, authorities indicate they stemmed from a dispute Chacon had with his live-in girlfriend that spilled out into their front yard. Chacon is accused of physically assaulting his cousin in the charges that resulted from his arrest earlier this year.
In the latest incident, investigators say Chacon attacked a pro-Rittenhouse protester, slammed a reporter to the ground, and smacked the cameras of reporters covering the trial. The other suspect arrested was identified as Shaquita Cornelious, the co-chair of an Illinois Black Lives Matter chapter accused of disruptive behavior outside of the courthouse.