Sign the petition: The Department of Justice must investigate the Rittenhouse Case.

Department of Justice

During the 2020 summer of national protests, 29-year-old Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times by law enforcement in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Two days after the shooting, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse drove to Kenosha with an illegally purchased assault rifle, and mortally wounded Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, both of whom were protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake. While protestors against state-sanctioned violence were being tear-gassed, harassed, and brutalized by police, Kyle Rittenhouse walked right by police with his illegally purchased firearm while his victims bled out.

On November 19, 2021, Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of this senseless crime that took two lives and wounded one other. The trial was riddled with clear evidence of bias in Rittenhouse's favor. Judge Bruce Schroeder refused to allow prosecutors to describe the two men Rittenhouse murdered as “victims,” calling it a “loaded term.” However, he did allow the defense to refer to protestors as “looters” and “arsonists.” Additionally, Judge Bruce Schroeder has rightfully come under fire for making an off-handed racist joke about Asian food during the trial.

The jury's verdict further reaffirms white supremacy, and will be viewed as tacit encouragement by our criminal justice system for racially-inspired white mob violence.

BLOC, a Wisconsin-based community organization working to reimagine and heal Kenosha writes, “We know that our judicial system is flawed. We know it all too well. We've seen it. We’ve seen and heard judges say appalling comments behind the bench. We MUST keep fighting to change this.”

We need your help to continue the fight to change this. Sign the petition: The Department of Justice must investigate the Rittenhouse Case.

Participating Organizations
Daily Kos
Hip Hop Caucus
Massachusetts Peace Action
OD Action
People for the American Way

To: Department of Justice
From: [Your Name]

I'm calling on the Department of Justice to investigate Kyle Rittenhouse's actions and the circumstances that led to the death and injury of people while they were exercising their First Amendment Rights in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The trial has rightfully been denounced as a miscarriage of justice. The DOJ must investigate this case and ensure that white violence is no longer reaffirmed through every channel of our country.