New York Mayor Bill de Blasio hammered the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, admonishing his supporters, We cannot release this even as the NYPD was on alert for potential protests.
The lefty mayor was just one of a large group of New Yorks liberal pols heaping on to censure the jury’s decision.
“This verdict is disgusting and it sends a horrible message to this country. Where is the justice in this,”, de Blasio tweeted after the 18-year-old respondent was found not guilty in the passings of two men and the injuring of a third during racially charged violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2020.
“We can’t let this go,”de Blasio added as his Police Department was set to deal with possible protests.
“We need stronger laws to stop violent extremism from within our own nation,” the mayor said. “Now is the time.”
The Rev. Al Sharpton seethed, These keep on being dim days for individuals of color killed because of individuals that accept our lives don’t make any difference.
“This verdict was not only outrageous and dangerous, it was also an obvious signal that encourages and notifies ‘vigilantes’ that they can continue to use violence to assert their power, and more importantly that they are above the criminal justice system when they do,” said Sharpton, head of the National Action Network.
Rittenhouse, who is white, was caught on video shooting two white Black Lives Matter activists during the melee.
He likewise shot and harmed a third white man in the engagement in Kenosha, a town that turned into the location of a rough days-long confrontation among left and right-wing activists who ran there after a racially charged police shooting that stood out as truly newsworthy.
His legal counselors contended that he terminated with good reason, while investigators attempted to paint Rittenhouse as an out-of-control vigilante.
New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams who is right now the Big Apples just dark citywide authority communicated his shock over the decision clearing Rittenhouse for the case.
“A white seventeen year old killing dissidents with a weapon of war is praised and cleared”, Williams said.
“A dark seventeen year old strolling the local area with a pack of Skittles is condemned and killed, he added, an evident reference to Trayvon Martin, the unarmed dark high schooler who was shot dead by George Zimmerman while strolling in a Florida neighborhood in 2012.
Gov. Kathy Hochul tweeted, “Kyle Rittenhouse used an assault weapon to kill two people.
This isn’t justice, she composed. “If there was any question about why we need strong gun safety laws, this is your answer. This should never have been allowed to happen in the first place. We have a lot of work to do.”
Indeed, even shamed previous Gov. Andrew Cuomo publicly weighed in.
“Today’s verdict is a stain on the soul of America, & sends a dangerous message about who & what values our justice system was designed to protect,” tweeted the accused serial sex harasser. “We must stand unified in rejecting supremacist vigilantism & with one voice say: this is not who we are.”
Patrick Gaspard, a previous envoy to South Africa, previous close counsel to de Blasio and the previous top of the Open Society Foundation, included a tweet, I’m sick to my stomach right now.
“But I’m not shocked. We know what we know. We live this every day,” he said.