Joe Biden is ‘angry’ over the acquittal verdict, but he urges the US to remain calm as unrest erupts, according to Kyle Rittenhouse.

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Joe Biden is ‘angry’ over the acquittal verdict, but he urges the US to remain calm as unrest erupts, according to Kyle Rittenhouse.

Protesters smashed windows and threw objects at police in Portland, Oregon, as the US braced for unrest following the acquittal.

US President Joe Biden expressed his displeasure with Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal, but urged calm before protests erupted overnight.

During protests against the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year, Mr. Rittenhouse, 18, shot and killed two men and injured a third.

Prosecutors described the teen, who was 17 at the time, as a “wannabe soldier” who had set out to cause trouble, but his lawyers claimed he acted in self-defense after being “ambushed.”

In a case that has polarised America, Mr Rittenhouse faced charges of murder and possession of a dangerous weapon, but he was acquitted of all charges by a jury on Friday following a closely watched and often contentious televised trial.

Last night, police in Portland, Oregon, declared a riot after protesters took to the streets to protest the outcome.

Around 200 protesters shattered windows, threw objects at police, and allegedly discussed torching the Justice Center, with Portland sheriffs condemning the “violent, destructive behavior by a significant portion of the crowd.”

In Chicago and New York, there were also protests.

On the courthouse steps in Kenosha, people who were divided by the verdict could be seen shouting at each other.

When reporters asked Mr. Biden about the acquittal shortly after the jury’s decision, he said he had only just heard the news and added, “I stand by what the jury has concluded.”

The jury system is in place, and we must follow it.”

He later issued a statement in which he expressed his disappointment with the trial’s outcome but encouraged Americans to “express their views peacefully.”

“While the Kenosha verdict will leave many Americans, including myself, angry and concerned, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken,” he said.

He admitted that “we won’t be able to heal our country’s wounds overnight,” but vowed to “bring Americans together.”

“I urge everyone to express their views peacefully and in accordance with the law; violence and property destruction have no place in our democracy,” he said.

He also stated that he has offered support to Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and that the White House will provide “any assistance required to ensure public safety.”

Joe Biden is ‘angry’ over the acquittal verdict, but urges the US to remain calm as unrest erupts, according to Kyle Rittenhouse.

Kyle Rittenhouse: Joe Biden ‘angry’ over acquittal verdict but urges US to remain calm as unrest breaks out

Police officers in riot gear stand in a garage during a confrontation with protesters after the "not guilty" verdict was announced in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, in Portland, Oregon, on Friday. (Photo: Grace Morgan via Reuters)People march across the Brooklyn Bridge against the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on Friday in New York City. (Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/ Getty)Read More - Featured Image

Kyle Rittenhouse: Joe Biden ‘angry’ over acquittal verdict but urges US to remain calm as unrest breaks out

Police officers in riot gear stand in a garage during a confrontation with protesters after the "not guilty" verdict was announced in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, in Portland, Oregon, on Friday. (Photo: Grace Morgan via Reuters)People march across the Brooklyn Bridge against the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on Friday in New York City. (Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/ Getty)Read More - Featured Image

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