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Kyle Rittenhouse shares surprising update on acquittal anniversary

Kyle Rittenhouse (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
November 20, 2023

Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who captured the nation’s attention during a controversial self-defense shooting case during the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, is releasing a new book that will present the “honest version” of his story, providing a stark contrast with mainstream media’s portrayal of the Second Amendment advocate.

During the Black Lives Matter protests in Wisconsin in 2020, Rittenhouse, who was 17-year-old at the time, fatally shot two protesters and injured a third in self-defense, according to The Independent. 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and 26-year-old Anthony Huber were killed after Rittenhouse fired a semi-automatic rifle at them in self-defense during the protest in Kenosha. 26-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz was also injured by Rittenhouse.

As a result of the shootings, Rittenhouse was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, two charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, and first-degree reckless homicide. However, in 2021, a jury declared him “not guilty” on all charges.

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After years of the mainstream media portraying Rittenhouse as a murderer and a white supremacist, the now 20-year-old is finally releasing the uncensored account of his story.

Advertising the pre-order of his new book “Acquitted” Sunday on social media, Rittenhouse tweeted, “Two years ago today, accused of unjust charges, I heard ‘NOT GUILTY’ five times over from a jury of my peers who heard the facts.”

“My case split the nation into opposing sides fueled by emotions, politics, and misconceptions driven by media and political figures,” he added. “Today, I want you to learn the truth, and know the real and honest version of my story – without filters or an agenda. My story of survival, resilience, and justice is now available for pre-order.”

According to the description of “Acquitted” on the book’s official pre-order website, Rittenhouse never had any desire to be a public figure. The 20-year-old, who has become a prominent Second Amendment advocate, explained that he was homeless as a young child and was raised in housing that was subsidized by the government.

“My goal was to be a cop or a paramedic,” Rittenhouse stated in the description of his book. “I went to Kenosha to help my community–not become a whipping boy in the national debate.”

Rittenhouse noted how the course of his life was “horribly altered” in “less than three minutes” when he was forced to defend himself with “deadly force” during the Black Lives Matter protest. He explained that so many of the things that were publicly stated or written about him were not true.

“Now, for the first time, I want to tell my story,” he said. “My name is Kyle Rittenhouse. I was attacked. I defended myself. I was prosecuted. I was acquitted.”