Breaking: National Guard Called Up

( – Breaking Now: With closing arguments getting underway today in the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse and a verdict expected at some point this week, 500 members of the Wisconsin National Guard have been called up to active duty and are being strategically deployed by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers.

Evers is utilizing the Wisconsin National Guard, along with several hundred police officers and other law enforcement authorities, in case riots break out after the announcement of the verdict.

Rittenhouse is charged with murder in the shooting deaths of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and the shooting of Gaige Grosskreutz. The shootings were part of a night of rioting and mayhem in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25th of last year. Grosskreutz survived, and he testified at the trial of Rittenhouse.

Rittenhouse is now 18, but he was a juvenile at the time of the incident, for which he is facing many years in prison.

Rittenhouse, who broke down and cried several times while n the witness stand, testified that he acted in self-defense when shot Huber, Rosenbaum, and Grosskreutz. Courtroom observers were mixed in their opinions of how compelling Rittenhouse’s testimony was with the jury.

Over the weekend, in an indication that prosecutors may believe they have not presented a convincing case to the jury and that they may be inclined to acquit Rittenhouse, the prosecution requested that it be allowed to add lesser included charges to the verdict form. The judge agreed and granted the prosecution’s request.

Addressing community fears of potential rioting following the verdict, Governor Evers stated, “The Kenosha community has been strong, resilient, and has come together through incredibly difficult times these past two years, and that healing is still ongoing. I urge folks who are otherwise not from the area to please respect the community by reconsidering any plans to travel there and encourage those who might choose to assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights to do so safely and peacefully.”

Update #1: Just moments ago, the judge dismissed the illegal gun possession charge.

This is a Breaking News Report. Right is Right will continue to monitor all developments in the courtroom. We will report any significant developments in the Rittenhouse case, the verdict, and any street violence following the verdict.

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