SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Protesters gathered in Washington Square Park to protest Kyle Rittenhouse’s verdict on Sunday afternoon.
The rally was organized by a political group called the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL). Protesters gathered around 1 p.m. to protest Rittenhouse’s acquittal two days earlier. The Salt Lake protest is part of a national trend of protests that unfolded over the past weekend.
The trial of the teenager accused of killing two men in Kenosha, Wisconsin during the summer 2020 protests gripped the nation last week.
Rittenhouse’s trial was deliberated by a jury for almost 3.5 days before he was acquitted of all charges. His trial was the source of debate and controversy over gun laws and for some, a matter of racial injustice.
Protesters in downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday believe the verdict shows an unfair bias towards those who are not white. We can see marchers holding signs saying, “The whole system is guilty!” and “America’s” Justice “systems allow fascist killers to break free! “
“This trial should be a reminder of what this country stands for as the status quo: white supremacy, racism and blatant bigotry,” PSL said in a Facebook post. “Despite this precedent, that will not prevent the people from shouting the Guilty verdict! People will not be silenced, we will be on the streets demanding justice for the victims of Rittenhouse!
ABC4 has a reporter covering this event and this story will be updated as more information becomes available.