A controversial Democrat from New York described the lawful process to pay for release from jail as mayhem.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is furious after discovering Antioch, Illinois, teen Kyle Rittenhouse will no longer be detained after successfully meeting the $2 million cash bail bond set by a Wisconsin court.
AOC accused the judicial system of failing to keep Rittenhouse, charged with shooting anti-police demonstrators, off the streets.
“Law and disorder,” she said on Twitter. “People who argue that dramatic changes to policing, including budgetary ones, will mean ‘violent people will be let out of jail to roam free’ rarely ever acknowledge that’s actually the current system we have today for the privileged.”
AOC claimed Rittenhouse was released based on his religious beliefs and skin color. She also accused the teen of believing he belongs to a superior race that should dominate society even though no court has found him guilty.
“Does anyone believe Rittenhouse would be released if he were Muslim and did the same thing in a different context?” she said on Twitter. “For people who say ‘systemic racism does not exist,’ this is what it looks like: protection of white supremacy baked deep into our carceral systems.”
However, Court Commissioner Loren Keating defended the decision not to set a higher amount for bail.
“The charges are incredibly serious, and again, if a conviction occurs, there would be a likelihood of an imposition of a mandatory life sentence or at least significant amounts of time, likely decades of a period of incarceration,” the judge said, according to The Daily Caller. “I believe that there is a reasonable basis to flee.”
Kenosha County prosecutors previously charged Rittenhouse with killing Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz, 22, according to the criminal complaint obtained by the Guardian. Charges include the “first-degree reckless homicide” of Rosenbaum and “first-degree intentional homicide” of Huber.
Rittenhouse maintains he acted in self-defense, a statement the president has deemed plausible.
President Donald Trump recently revealed graphic footage of the alleged incident that strongly suggests Rittenhouse only opened fire after falling to the ground and being attacked by protesters in Kenosha.
“You saw the same tape as I saw, and he was trying to get away from them, I guess,; it looks like,” he said in a statement. “And he fell, and then they very violently attacked him.”
The president does not believe the teen would have pulled the trigger unless he truly thought his life was in danger.
“But I guess he was in very big trouble,” he said. “He would have been … he probably would have been killed.”