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Thu Nov 4, 2021, 11:05 AM Nov 2021

Kyle Rittenhouse Trial: Juror Removed Over Joke About Jacob Blake Shooting [View all]

CHICAGO (CBS) — On the third day of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, the judge dismissed a juror who joked with a courtroom deputy about why Kenosha police shot Jacob Blake, the incident that prompted the civil unrest during which Rittenhouse shot three people, killing two of them.

Prosecutors said the juror asked a courtroom deputy “Why did the Kenosha police shoot Jacob Blake 7-times? Because they ran out of bullets.”

Rittenhouse, who is white, is accused of traveling to Kenosha after learning of a call to protect businesses after Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot by police seven times in the back on Aug. 23, 2020 and left paralyzed.

In the first couple of nights after police shot Blake, there was large-scale unrest in Kenosha during which several buildings were set on fire.

Prosecutors accuse Rittenhouse of patrolling downtown Kenosha with an assault-style rifle on the third night of the unrest. Rittenhouse opened fire with that rifle during the protests, killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz.


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