American police are bracing for civil unrest as a result of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, which seems increasingly likely to either be a mistrial (or an acquittal) in America.  

Rittenhouse is 18 and on trial for the killing of two BLM protesters from Kenosha in Wisconsin last August. While Rittenhouse, 18, claims he was trying to defend his home from an angry mob but critics argue that he represents the systemic racism of those who were being protested against. 

Although closing arguments will be heard next week, many are expecting the case to end in mistrial or acquittal.

Rittenhouse’s attorneys have requested a mistrial due to the introduction of banned evidence by the prosecutors. Some legal experts now believe it was an intentional move to throw out the trial, as their chances for conviction grew smaller.

The court is back in session but there is increasing heat around the case and many police officers across the country are closely watching to see how the outcome unfold.

This morning the judge disclosed that the court had been inundated by ‘communications from the public’, including offensive email messages. 

In some cases, the judge was called a racist. Attorneys on both sides were also targeted.  

Chicago PD sent a note to officers this week informing them of the cancellation of one their weekends off. It claimed it was because of ‘current crimes patterns’ within the city. John Catanzara of the Fraternal Organization of Police says it’s to prepare for “upheaval” at Rittenhouse.  

Kyle Rittenhouse, a teenager from Kenosha is being tried for reckless homicide in the deaths of two BLM activists last summer. It is anticipated that the trial will be concluded this week or next. 

Chicago PD has canceled officers days off this weekend to 'enhance public safety' and police unions say it is to do with the Rittenhouse verdict looming

Chicago Police Department (CPD) has canceled Chicago officers this weekend in order to enhance public security’. The police unions claim it’s to do with Rittenhouse verdict looming 

On Monday, he posted a YouTube video in which he laments the cancellation of his time-off. He stated that they don’t have to say we need more manpower in case a verdict is not positive. Then, all of a sudden, there’s chaos. 

The police are refusing to comment on his claims. They also refuse to say whether or not they expect a rebellion this weekend. 

They will only say: “To improve public safety and address crime patterns, full-duty sworn personnel will have one day off every other weekend from November 12-2021 to November 14-2021.” 

Some departments are being cautious about whether or not they expect trouble. 

When reached out to the LAPD on Thursday morning, they refused to disclose whether any preparations were made in connection with the trial. 

A spokesperson would only say that the Los Angeles Police Department has enough officers to handle any emergency. 

The NYPD, LA County Sheriff and DC Metro Police were silent.  

Now you’ve got what could be violent nights ahead, vax mandates where police officers are being sent home by the hundreds if not thousands… we could have some trouble brewing

National Police Association Sergeant Betsy Brantner Smith

Portland Police Department had been almost completely disbanded and only 788 officers remain. reports that the department is’monitoring’, but has not yet allocated any additional resources. 

A spokesman for the PPB stated that they are monitoring the situation, and would deploy resources as needed. 

Washington DC Metropolitan Police stated that the MPD closely tracks major events in the United States and around the globe.

MPD is prepared to handle any concerns that might arise, should that be necessary. 

As the spokesperson for the National Police Association, Sergeant Betsy Brantner Smith (a retired cop who has worked in Chicago for over 30 years) said that the forces would not reveal exactly what they were doing to avoid alerting demonstrators who might then be able to circumvent them. 

‘I’d guess that perhaps they’re just trying to be prepared without too much being known to potential protesters. Many jurisdictions will do that. 

“One thing, when we look back at George Floyd riots, and other, certain departments were unaware of how dire the situation would be. 

According to Sgt. Brantner Smith said to that Thursday. 

She stated that there were potential problems in Kenosha Madison, Milwaukee. 

‘I’m sure Kenosha are preparing for riots. That was one of the things – when Jacob Blake shooting happened that led to the Kenosha riots, it was because the city leadership in Kenosha did not get a handle on it. 

‘They’re going to have to make preparations for the safety of the jurors, everyone involved in the trial. 

‘Madison, there may be some issues there, Milwaukee – a large, large city. I’m sure there’s preparations being made there.’

She said that one potential issue would be a shortage of police officers, which has been made worse by COVID-19 vaccination mandates. 

‘With cities like Portland and Chicago- there are staffing shortages already and then let’s add the vax mandates, and the shortages caused from that. 

‘Now you’ve got what could be violent nights ahead, vax mandates where police officers are being sent home by the hundreds and thousands, we could have some trouble brewing,’ she said. 

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 President John Catanzara claims it is in anticipation of 'upheaval' from the Rittenhouse trial.

John Catanzara, President of Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge 7, claims that it was done in anticipation of “upheaval” from Rittenhouse’s trial.

Riots raged throughout the summer last year and some rose again in April after the killing of Daunte Wright, a black man killed by cops in summer. Police forces say they will be 'ready' for any uprising that comes from the Kenosha verdict next week

Riots broke out throughout last summer, and they rose once again after Daunte Wright’s death. Daunte Wright was a black victim of police brutality. The Kenosha verdict will lead to uprisings, according to the police force. 

Kenosha is still in trial. Shopkeepers have boarded up their windows last year from the protests. 

Although the police will not talk about what they are doing to mitigate any uproars, it seems officers are always on alert. 

‘KPD wants our community to know that our priority during the upcoming trial is the safety of our community and every person that calls Kenosha “home” or visits our city,’ the police department said at the start of the trial. 

If troops are on alert, the Wisconsin National Guard won’t confirm or deny it. 

As the trial of Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse draws to an end, police across America are anticipating chaos.

Rittenhouse, then 17, was just 17 years old when he killed two BLM protestors in Kenosha (Wisconsin), last August. He used an AR-15 during the peak of American civil unrest. 

America was divided by the case. Many saw him as patriotic vigilante fighting for his community from an angry mob.

At the same time as the Rittenhouse trial, the men charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery are on trial in Georgia

In Georgia, two men are being tried for Ahmaud Abery murder at the same time that the Rittenhouse case is taking place.

Some claimed he was a symbol of the systemic racism which drove thousands to the streets protesting police brutality. Rittenhouse was a young, white man who was initially treated softly by the law enforcement until he was eventually arrested. 

No matter if he is acquitted, or convicted of a crime, there will be outrage. 

A mistrial could be declared by the judge, considering the decision of the prosecution to present evidence which was banned previously this week.

Rittenhouse lawyers requested yesterday a mistrial in prejudice

The judge may grant the request, meaning that the teenage accused cannot be tried again on the same charges. 

A trial verdict could be issued in Georgia at the same time that the jury renders a verdict on Ahmaud, a black jogger in Georgia. 

Arbery, a white man who believed he was burglar was gunned down by three men in February 2020.  The three men were charged with murder in Brunswick as hate crimes. 

William Roddie Bryan

Travis McMichael

Travis McMichael, William Roddie Bryan, and Travis McMichael were convicted in Georgia of shooting Ahmaud Abery to death last February