Lambda Legal's Statement on the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

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November 19, 2021

Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings today issued this statement following the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial:

"Today’s verdict in the Rittenhouse case will undoubtedly leave many people questioning — yet again — whether our judicial system can be trusted to administer equal justice under law. The kind of white vigilantism that was acquitted in Wisconsin does more than simply jeopardize our physical safety and well-being; it also seeks to chill the exercise of important constitutional rights, including the right to peacefully protest racial injustice. Lambda Legal remains committed to fighting for fair courts, as a justice system that works only for some and not for all is a threat to the LGBT community, and other communities like ours that are disproportionately targeted for violence, and undermines our democracy, equality, and the rule of law."