Following yesterday’s verdict announcement in connection to the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, WI, multiple protests took place in a number of metropolitan cities across the U.S.In Kenosha, a large-scale protest never materialized, however a small group of protesters did gather outside the courthouse. One woman was detained for allegedly writing on the courthouse wall and steps. In New York City, around 300 protesters gathered outside Barclays Center in Brooklyn before marching across the Brooklyn Bridge and into lower Manhattan. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) reported that protests in Queens resulted in some property damage and at least five arrests. In Chicago, around 100 protesters gathered at Federal Plaza and marched through the city before dispersing. The Chicago Police Department (CPD) reported that a group of 15 men stole merchandise from multiple stores in Chicago’s South Side, but did not confirm if the thefts were related to the protests. The Portland Bureau of Police (PPB) reported that around 200 protesters gathered in downtown Portland and blocked streets. The demonstration was later declared a riot after some protesters started breaking windows and throwing objects at police. No arrests were made and the crowd dispersed as the night progressed.
Nationwide protests are expected to continue today and tonight in a number of metropolitan cities across the U.S., including but not limited to: Baltimore, Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta, Kenosha, Minneapolis, Knoxville, Phoenix, Austin, Louisville, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.
MSA Intel will continue to monitor the situation and provide relevant updates.