Supporters of Jacob Blake, men killed by Kyle Rittenhouse hold march and rally outside courthouse
KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Supporters of Jacob Blake and the men shot and killed by Kyle Rittenhouse held a march and rally outside the Kenosha County Courthouse on Friday, Nov. 5.
The event was part of a day of action organized by community and activist groups.
Leaders of the event said they also wanted to highlight what they believed were issues with how the trial is being conducted.
"We just want to show the families that we're standing in solidarity with them right now, the community that we're standing in solidarity with them," Tanya McLean, the executive director and founder of Leaders of Kenosha, told CBS 58. "We just want a fair and just trial, and it just doesn't seem like that's happening."
McLean pointed to decisions made by the judge and the speed of the jury selection process which she believed was rushed. McLean said the dismissal of a juror who made a joke about the shooting of Jacob Blake proves her point.
The marchers started at the courthouse steps and made a few laps around Civic Center Park before concluding back at the courthouse.
Throughout the day, one man showed his support for Rittenhouse outside the courthouse. He said he wished more people were there to voice support for the defendant.
"How is America not outraged that its only soldier to show up and provide aid to a terrorized city is now being terrorized?" Gabe Rivera of Bloomington, Ind. said. "Let's go after the 17-year-old instead of going after the terrorists, arsonists that tried to burn down this building," Rivera said in criticism of the prosecution.