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Kyle Rittenhouse pleads not guilty showing riots erupt in Portland as protesters clash with police

RAMPAGING protesters broke windows and threw objects at police in Portland after Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted.

Riots in Oregon City broke out after learning false news about an 18-year-old youth Rittenhouse Who shoot two men during last year’s racial unrest in Wisconsin was resolved by the courts.

A fire burns in the street during protests after "not guilty" The verdict was announced during the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, in Portland, Oregon

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A fire burns in the street during a protest after a “not guilty” verdict was announced during Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial in Portland, OregonCredit: Reuters
Riot police in Portland confront protesters after "not guilty" Judgment has been announced

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Portland riot police confront protesters after “not guilty” verdict announcedCredit: Reuters
Kyle Rittenhouse is found not guilty of all charges at Kenosha District Court in Kenosha

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Kyle Rittenhouse is found not guilty of all charges at Kenosha District Court in KenoshaCredit: Rex

The demonstration by about 200 people was declared a riot after protesters began smashing windows, throwing objects at police and threatening to burn down the courthouse. KOIN TV reported.

Portland Police Department Chief Chuck Lovell said shortly after the ruling that officers were working as planned for Friday night and the weekend, KOIN reported.

By around 8:50 p.m., about 200 protesters had gathered in downtown Portland and cordoned off the streets.

By 9 p.m., windows were broken and doors to buildings in the city were damaged. Police tweeted that objects had been thrown at officers in the area, KOIN reported.

Police tweeted: “A mob had gathered near SE 2nd Avenue and SE Madison Street and participants began breaking windows and damaging the doors of city facilities in the area. People are throwing objects at police officers in the area.”

Portland saw continued violent protests following the killing of George Floyd last year by police in Minneapolis. Some activists complained that the police were too heavy-handed in their response.

Meanwhile, masses of people gathered from coast to coast to protest Rittenhouse’s acquittal.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, to express anger at the ruling as similar events unfolded across the country.

Kenosha itself remained largely quiet as the night dragged on.

A crowd of about 40 people gathered at the court but remained peaceful.

Rittenhouse already faces life in prison if convicted on the most serious charges for using an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle to kill two men – Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum – and injure Gaige. Grosskreutz.

The teen has pleaded not guilty to all charges and claimed to be in self-defense.

He began to choke, falling toward the defense table before embracing one of his lawyers as he heard a court clerk plead not guilty five times.

The deputy sheriff chased him out the back door.

He’s so relieved for what the jury did to him today

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Defense attorney Mark Richards said: “He wanted to get on with his life.

“He is relieved for what the jury did to him today.

“He wished this never happened. But as he said when testifying, he didn’t start this.”

Talk later with Fox News, he said “self-defense is not illegal”.

“I’m glad they reached the correct verdict,” he said.

“It’s been a tough journey but we got through it. We got through the hard part.”

Rittenhouse will sit down with Fox’s Tucker Carlson for his first interview on Monday.

Joe Biden has said he is furious at the ruling.

“While the Kenosha verdict will make many Americans feel angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has its say,” he said.

A reading sign "Black lives are worth it too" seen during a march in Brooklyn against the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse

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A sign reading “black lives matter” is seen during a march in Brooklyn against Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittalCredit: Mega Dealer
A protester holds a banner reading'it's wrong and you know it'

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A protester holds a banner reading ‘it’s wrong and you know it’Credit: Reuters
The teenagers were acquitted of all charges

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The teenagers were acquitted of all charges
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