Protesters march in NYC, looting erupts in Chicago and a RIOT is declared in Portland after Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal: Senator Tom Cotton calls on Biden to APOLOGIZE for calling teen a ‘white supremacist’ before trial

A small trash fire was started near the Justice Center by protestors who were declared rioters by police after police said they became destructive and were told to clear the area

Police in Portland were forced to declare a riot after protestors turned violent, clashing with officers and smashing windows, as looting and protests erupted overnight in major cities following Kyle Rittenhouse’s not-guilty verdict. 

Masses of people gathered coast-to-coast Friday night to decry Rittenhouse‘s acquittal in protests that reflected the divisiveness and anger stoked by the high-profile case. 

Rittenhouse, 18, was acquitted by jurors on all charges – two counts of homicide, one count of attempted homicide for wounding a third man, and two counts of recklessly endangering safety – after killing two people during protests marred by arson, rioting and looting on August 25, 2020, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Hours after the verdict, police in Portland were forced to declare a riot after about 200 protestors turned destructive, damaging the front gate of the Multnomah County Justice Center and clashing with officers.   

‘Due to violent, destructive behavior by a significant part of the crowd, the gathering in downtown Portland is a RIOT. All participants are instructed to proceed away to the WEST,’ the Portland Police Bureau wrote on Twitter.

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