Texas police department defends Kyle Rittenhouse selfie amid online backlash: ‘Not how our state works’

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A Texas small-city police department refused to apologize for a selfie a person of its officers snapped with Kyle Rittenhouse amid a slew of online criticism, noting how the now 19-year-old was acquitted by a jury of his friends in the August 2020 shooting of three demonstrators in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  

“Make these stops, you never know who you may well satisfy. Currently it was Kyle Rittenhouse, welcome to Texas,” the Thrall Police Office, which serves the city exterior of Austin, wrote in a Fb write-up on Thursday, sharing a selfie of an unknown officer smiling with Rittenhouse.

The article obtained additional than 1,700 opinions, 1,500 shares and 10,000 likes as of Sunday’s depend. 

Following getting an outpouring of unfavorable comments on the post, the Thrall Police Section extra a paragraph several hours afterwards, creating: “I need to have missed one thing, I thought that this youthful guy was arrested, billed, indicted and then observed not responsible by a jury of his friends.”

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A Thrall Police Department officer snaps a selfie with Kyle Rittenhouse. 

A Thrall Police Department officer snaps a selfie with Kyle Rittenhouse. 
(Thrall Law enforcement Division/Facebook)

“Is this not how our country is effective anymore?” Thrall law enforcement included. “The dislike in these feedback is awful, if you have details that is contrary to that I would actually adore to hear it.”

Rittenhouse was 17 and residing in Illinois when he answered calls on the internet to defend corporations during rioting unfolding in nearby Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2021 in reaction to the police shooting of a 29-12 months-aged Black man named Jacob Blake though officers responded to a domestic dispute. 

Amid the chaotic scene, Rittenhouse opened fireplace, capturing three men and women, two of them fatally. 

Rittenhouse testified that he fired in self-defense, and his legal crew confirmed online video suggesting that protesters first chased down and attacked the then-17-calendar year-previous ahead of he fired his rifle. In November 2021, Rittenhouse was acquitted by a jury on all expenses stemming from the taking pictures in the course of racial justice protests regardless of currently being vilified by still left-leaning media as an alleged white supremacist.

Kyle Rittenhouse cries as he is found not guilty on all counts on November 19, 2021, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the shooting of three demonstrators. 

Kyle Rittenhouse cries as he is found not responsible on all counts on November 19, 2021, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the shooting of three demonstrators. 
(Sean Krajacic – Pool/Getty Photos)

“Sick you are generating him out as a hero. Disgrace on your officer and this office,” a single Fb user, Kari Ashpaugh, of Sattuck, Oklahoma, commented beneath the image shared by Thrall Law enforcement Department of Rittenhouse and the officer smiling. 

“I get it, bring about each can kill persons devoid of repercussions,” another Fb consumer, Joshua Davis, whose profile claims he attended Lake Erie Faculty, commented. 

Quite a few other feedback criticized the article as a “shame,” questioned if Rittenhouse was stopped for a traffic violation and ripped the selfie as a squander of taxpayer dollars on law enforcement work. 

A protester holds a "Rittenhouse is guilty" sign while raising her fist during a protest against the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse in the West Village on November 19, 2021, in New York City. 

A protester retains a “Rittenhouse is guilty” indication while boosting her fist all through a protest versus the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse in the West Village on November 19, 2021, in New York City. 
(Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Photographs)

“Is this a joke? You’re welcoming a known killer into our condition?” Phoenix Woods, of Plano, Texas, commented. “This is wholly disgusting.” 

A couple of consumers did protect Rittenhouse in the comment part. 

“Welcome to Texas Kyle and have a good 12 months at college. Disregard these haters. They wouldn’t know bravery [if] it little bit them on the rear,” Theresa Lounder, of Conroe, Texas, commented.  

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The now 19-12 months-aged, from Antioch, Illinois, is reportedly attending Blinn University, a public junior college in Texas, with hopes of at some point transferring to Texas A&M College. Amid organized protests from university student groups and an on the net petition opposing his enrollment, Rittenhouse explained last 12 months that he would no for a longer period be attending Arizona State University, the place he experienced prepared to analyze nursing. 

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