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As verdicts read, Rittenhouse struggled for air

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Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges Friday after pleading self-defense in the deadly Kenosha shootings that became a flashpoint in the debate over guns, vigilantism and racial injustice in the U.S. Rittenhouse, 18, began to choke up, fell forward toward the defense table and then hugged one of his attorneys as he heard a court clerk recite "not guilty" five times. "His eyes were red, he was sort of frozen again for a moment and one of his lawyers leaned over, patted him on the shoulder and told him to breathe, "said Associated Press reporter Michael Tarm. "A very emotional scene."

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