Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted for fatally shooting two men and injuring one another in a Kenosha protest in 2020, is coming up with a new book. In an announcement on social media on Monday, the 20-year-old shared the cover of the book and it has already sparked controversy.
In a post on X, platform formerly known as Twitter, Rittenhouse said: “Pre order my new book today!” He described the book as the “story of survival, resilience, and justice.”
“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,” Kyle Rittenhouse wrote. “Today, I want you to learn the truth, and know the real and honest version of my story – without filters or an agenda.”
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Rittenhouse, who was 17 then, went on a shooting spree during an August 2020 Kenosha, Wisconsin protest. He used a semi-automatic AR-15-style assault rifle to fatally shoot 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and 26-year-old Anthony Huber. He also injured 26-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz.
At his trial, Rittenhouse said that the shooting was in self-defense. On November 19, 2021, he was acquitted on all charges. Now, he is going to reveal his journey via a book.
All three men Kyle Rittenhouse were white. But the protest was in response to an incident involving Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot by a white police officer Rusten Sheskey in August 2020. The 29-year-old victim was paralyzed from the waist down.
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Rittenhouse, now 20, after his trial verdict said that he supports the Black Lives Matter movement.