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The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers spurred nationwide protests against police brutality and racism. This wave protests started in May and is still going on today. Since these protests began, many more black individuals have been injured or killed at the hands of police. Furthermore, while fighting for justice and against racism, many protestors have become victims of vigilante and police brutality.

After the shooting of Jacob Blake in front of his own children, protestors once again took to the streets. On Tuesday, August 25th, unarmed protesters were walking through Kenosha, when a group of white militia members carrying deadly weapons, assembled at a gas station to “protect it.” Video evidence from that night shows police officers thanking the armed vigilantes and offering them water. Kyle Rittenhouse was one of these vigilantes and at 17, had a gun illegally.

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Rittenhouse killed two individuals and injured a third before walking directly towards the police, who just let him pass. Rittenhouse even crossed state lines to go back home to Illinois. Only after intense public pressure did authorities in Kenosha, Wisconsin choose to identify and arrest Rittenhouse for his crime and charge him with first-degree intentional homicide. Now Rittenhouse’s attorney is claiming that shooting three unarmed protestors was self-defense and Donald Trump refuses to condemn Rittenhouse’s actions. We need to keep this pressure on to make sure that Kyle Rittenhouse is prosecuted. Sign this petition to demand that officials charge this mass-shooter with hate crimes, and prosecute to the full extent of the law! All police officers who were silent accomplices must also be fired, now!

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