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Violent vigilantism or self-defence? Kyle Rittenhouse on trial

At Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial, which began this week, there are two very different versions on display of what happened in Kenosha, Wis., on the night of Aug. 25, 2020.
Kyle Rittenhouse carries his weapon as he walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis., before the shootings that attracted national attention in a summer of racial justice protests. (Adam Rogan/The Journal Times/The Associated Press)

At Kyle Rittenhouse's homicide trial, which began this week, there are two very different versions on display of what happened in Kenosha, Wis., on the night of Aug. 25, 2020.

It's not disputed that the then-17-year old killed two people and injured a third. 

But in his attorney's portrayal, Rittenhouse was a scared victim, acting in self-defence. 

In the prosecution's, Rittenhouse was a vigilante, who arrived in Kenosha with a semiautomatic weapon as a "chaos tourist." 

Today, guest host Angela Sterritt speaks with the Washington Post reporter Kim Bellware about the contentious and politicized trial. 

 

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