In preparation for a verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers deployed around 500 troops from the state’s Army National Guard on Friday, Nov.12.
About 500 troops will be on hand outside Kenosha and will respond “if requested by local law enforcement,” in the event of civil unrest following the jury’s decision, Evers said.
“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,” he said in a statement.
In addition, the guardsmen will work in tandem with hundreds of police officers from volunteer law enforcement agencies.
“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,” Evers added. “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.”
On Thursday, Nov.11, the defense rested its case, with closing arguments to take place on Monday, after which the jury will begin deliberations.
Rittenhouse, 18, is accused of killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, on Aug. 25, 2020, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The adolescent said he acted in self-defense. Rittenhouse sobbed on the stand during his testimony this week, claiming that he was “cornered” outside one of the businesses that he was defending, reported NY Post.
In the shooting of Huber, who was shot after striking Rittenhouse with a skateboard, the juvenile faces a possible mandatory life sentence on one count of first-degree intentional homicide.
Regarding Rosenbaum, who was the first person Rittenhouse shot after Rosenbaum chased him into a used car lot, he faces one count of first-degree reckless homicide.