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Live updates: Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty in Kenosha shooting

David Hancock, Rittenhouse family spokesman (WBBM)

Kyle Rittenhouse’s family spokesperson told CNN affiliate WBBM that the verdict in the trial was “expected,” adding that Rittenhouse and his family are in an undisclosed location. 

“I say that was expected because we know who Kyle is, and we know what was in his heart and what was in his head, and we know the facts of this case. But, of course everybody was really anxious because at the end of the day, you just, you ultimately don’t know what a jury is thinking,” spokesperson David Hancock said.

Hancock also said he believed that “the jury was thoughtful and they understood the gravity of this decision.” 

“Now, the goal is going to be to ensure Kyle’s safety as he moves on as a 18-year-old young man in college studying to be a nurse,” Hancock said. “Those are his plans moving forward.”

As for the Rittenhouse family, Hancock said, “They are doing well right now. they’re in an undisclosed location and they are, they are a family and everybody is just ecstatic.”

Asked about the call for protests following today’s verdict, Hancock said, “The family calls for calm. Calls for calm. I mean, this was not an injustice.”

“What I would say is, this is an inflection point, I think, for the country to look at the way things have been handled. Things have gone off the rails in relation to who Kyle is and why he was down here. It’s never been about politics. It’s not about race. This is about a young man who fled and felt as if his life was in danger and defended himself,” he added. 

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