Arbery, Rittenhouse cases spotlight self-defense and vigilantism

Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on all charges. All three men charged in Ahmaud Arbery's death were convicted in his murder.

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The verdicts in favor of Kyle Rittenhouse and against the men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery have shone a renewed spotlight on vigilantism and self-defense in America.

Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on all charges. All three men charged in Ahmaud Arbery's death were convicted in his murder.

that the number of rulings of justifiable homicides by private citizens has been on the rise over the past several years. And the rise of vigilantism was the subject of concern voiced by a group of mayors in a letter last September to then-President Donald Trump, who was

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seen by some as encouraging vigilantism.“The verdict in [the Rittenhouse] trial gives a green light to people throughout the country who want to bring weapons to protests," said Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif.,in a statement."It emboldens vigilantism. Where this jury had an opportunity to address this danger and hold a person who killed two people accountable for his actions, it failed."

However, other lawmakers believe self-defense legislation should continue to be expanded and are pushing forward bills to do so."In these situations, you don't always have time to decide if you could safely retreat or not," said Arkansas State Rep. Aaron Pilkington, when presenting a bill in February that would allow an armed person to use deadly force if they believe they are in imminent danger."That's why I believe we need the 'stand your ground' law."

Call to defend 'our lives and property'Rittenhouse, 18, fatally shot two white men and wounded another withduring anti-police brutality protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August.Days-long protests erupted over the non-fatalpolice shooting of Jacob Blake

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, a 29-year-old Black man, prompting an online call for"armed civilians" to defend"our lives and property" after the demonstrations turned violent in the days prior.Prosecutor Thomas Binger in the Wisconsin case argued in closing statements that Rittenhouse was part of a group of"chaos tourists" and"wannabe soldiers" with no personal connection to the area who were"trying to feed off of what we were going through" in the wake of Blake's shooting.

Binger also argued that Rittenhouse provoked the situation by bringing a weapon and pointing it at people, enabling him to"hide behind self-defense" and that he had a duty to"exhaust all reasonable means to avoid confrontation."MORE: The long, strange trip of Kyle Rittenhouse's trial

But Rittenhouse, who had pleaded not guilty, and his defense team argued that he came there to offer medical aid, was not looking for trouble and that he did not intend to kill the people he shot -- only"stop" the threats he faced from the three men.

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Rittenhouse testified that one of the men he killed, Joseph Rosenbaum, had lunged for his gun, and the other, Anthony Huber, had chased him down and was attacking him with a skateboard when he too reached for Rittenhouse's gun.Gaige Grosskreutz, the third man who Rittenhouse shot and the only survivor, testified about drawing his own pistol on Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse had already shot and killed two people at the protests and Grosskreutz said he"thought the defendant was an active shooter," a characterization that prosecutors used as well.

Rittenhouse was acquitted on all charges: two felony counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree reckless homicide and first-degree intentional homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide.Eric Ruben, a professor at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, said that what was crucial for Rittenhouse is that"the time frame for considering self-defense is the time right around the confrontation."

"The video showed that he was in the midst of a chaotic situation and people were coming at him," Ruben said.In addition, in Wisconsin, like most other states in the country, the defendant no longer has to prove self-defense -- rather the burden of disproving the argument rests with the prosecution, Ruben said.

"The prosecution has to disprove it beyond a reasonable doubt," Ruben said."It hasn't always been like that. It used to be that defendants in the United States had the burden of proving self-defense."Darrell A.H. Miller, a professor at Duke University School of Law, told ABC News that some may find the Rittenhouse verdict to be confirmation"that in those cases in which they perceive that law enforcement is either unwilling or unable to keep the peace, that they are entitled to keep the peace for them."

MORE: America has a gun violence problem. What do we do about it?He said that the question of"who was the aggressor and who was the defender" in these cases will only get more complicated as more people buy guns and carry those weapons openly.

"It's really difficult when you have a lot of people with weapons, all perceiving each other as a threat that needs to be curtailed or neutralized -- it becomes very, very dangerous for all the people involved," Miller said.Arbery case: Former law encouraged 'vigilante-style violence'

As for the trial of Travis and Gregory McMichael and William"Roddie" Bryan, experts say Arbery's death put a spotlight on the intersection ofgun violence, self-defense and race.All three men who had been charged in the death of Ahmaud Arbery were convicted of murder Wednesday in the fatal shooting. They argued in the case that they believed Arbery, who was out jogging, had burglarized a house and decided to follow him in their trucks, chasing him through the neighborhood for an extended period.. They claimed they were going to hold him for police to arrive.

Travis McMichael's attorneys, Bob Rubin and Jason Sheffield, said they plan to appeal.

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Yeah I guess Arvery should have carried an AR15 And defended him self when those bad man attacked him. Breeding Hatred From Religion To Racism. ABC News couldn’t HELP but quote Jesse Jackson, who had NO involvement in this case other than sitting in the gallery. BeBetter MarkThisPostAsAnalysis And what would you call the senseless killing of 6 in Wisconsin plus injuring countless others?

Does this picture look like self defense? Looks like hunter waiting for any reason to kill. Money should never play a part on defense. funder Scotus why is this Republican Party victory when 2 are dead? GOPLeader gopcongress It shows the destruction caused by racists Donald Trump who encouraged other racists to use force which motivated the 3 racists assassins of Ahmaud, George Floyd, Emmanuel of Colorado, the 2 White BLM supporters and other murders that happened during Donald's term.

Crybaby plays Law and Order 🤦🏻‍♂️ Do you watch the trial and evidence? Nope, I forgot mainstream media only cares about keeping their numbers high and not TRUTH. Kyle Rittenhouse is a movement the left can’t handle. Auto defesa foi retirada o direito no Brasil Não permitam isso no EUA lutem por seus direitos .

Their own words may have doomed men who killed Ahmaud ArberyThe murder convictions of the three white men who chased Ahmaud Arbery may have been secured by their own words to investigators the day of the shooting. Most welcome, precious people! For all those who are new to this working from home Bitcoin trading options Here's a little tip: Get a trusted Bitcoin expert and stick to him Arnoldnike93 Invest and play at similar times each day. Because : In times of chaos, your investment is your anchor to success⚖️ I disagree, the video spoke for itself!

Watch as people try to compare 2 things that are completely differant. One of the 3 men, Roddie Bryan's actions verses Kyle Rittenhouse's actions have nothing to do with each other. These are 2 separate cases. Roddie Bryan shot with a phone camera, not a gun. Laws will change when black people start 'defending themselves' from whites.

All 4 are innocent How long before Rittenhouse starts selling his autographed Skittles? rittenhouseisguiltyaf Kyle defended him against vigilantes. Arbery was killed by vigilantes. That's the difference. There is nothing more dangerous in America than a white guy with a gun. The rest of America should arm themselves to balance the scales.

It’s almost as if the justice system works YES , we should just let the government shirk their responsibility to protect lives and property and allow ourselves to be beaten to death over the head by skateboard man.

The uncomfortable truths hidden inside the Ahmaud Arbery verdictLegal scholars hope the Arbery trial will place greater attention on the entire judicial process, not just policing: 'Most people don’t pay attention to judicial elections' There is no greater joy than having financial stability and a life free of debts, that’s why I keep tweeting about RussellHodge_ he's for transparency and trust 💯 Many of is try to pay attention, but readily accessed reliable information is scarce No video No justice is America's moto

There Can Never Be Justice for Ahmaud ArberyRunning has long been associated with Black liberty. It’s a false promise, says Pulitzer Prize winner Mitchell S. Jackson. MitchSJackson We still pretending he was a jogger? Really? MitchSJackson 👎🏽 MitchSJackson NoPeace, Unless we do this!!!!! ShutDownUSA, UN &UK Embassies in ETHIOPIA

What's next in Ahmaud Arbery case after guilty verdicts for 3 menDEVOTED Prejudice kills. Uh seems simple…jail Just let those guys go! They did no wrong.

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Op-Ed: The non-victory victory in the Ahmaud Arbery case'The Arbery murder is exceptional not because what happened to him was unique but because it became a marquee case,' writes Erin Aubry Kaplan, a contributing writer to latimesopinion. opinion So you got exactly what you wanted and somehow you’re questioning why you’re happy? Guilty guys got prosecuted; end of story.