Kenosha was in the national news following the shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, by the local police in August 2020; mass protests led to seven days of rioting, looting, and destruction of property. During these protests, a 17-year-old from neighboring Illinois, Kyle Rittenhouse, shot three people claiming self-defense; his subsequent trial in Novemnber 2021 gained national attention, with his acquittal leading some to question the existing gun laws that allowed him to openly carry an automatic weapon.
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