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Rittenhouse verdict sparks protests across the country: Agitators launch urine, chant 'Burn it down,' spray-paint 'Kill Kyle' graffiti

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Reaction to the not guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial sparked protests across the country, including a riot in Portland, Oregon. Hours after Rittenhouse was acquitted, a riot was declared in Portland.

A banner was posted that read: "Kyle Rittenhouse is guilty." Demonstrators chanted: "Kyle is a terrorist!" There was graffiti spray-painted that read: "All cops are Kyles."

Vandals destroyed storefronts of businesses, shattered vehicle windshields, and attacked the Justice Center building in downtown Portland.

"Some individuals in the crowd were heard saying 'burn it down,' referring to the Justice Center," the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office reported. "The crowd, which was described as hostile, launched urine, alcoholic beverages, water bottles, and batteries at deputies during the event."

Agitators gathered in front of the detention center to prevent law enforcement officers from entering, and attempted to use branches to prevent the gate from closing.

"A riot was declared after a violent, destructive group began to breach the gate into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC)," according to the Portland Police Bureau.

In New York City, hundreds of protesters gathered in the hours after the verdict was announced.

Black Lives Matter activists in Brooklyn held signs that said: "Rittenhouse Racist Killer!" The crowd shouted: "Hey ho. Ho ho. These racist cops have got to go," "Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground," and "If we don't get it, shut it down!" The agitators shut down the Manhattan Bridge.

The NYPD shared photos of vandalized vehicles in Queens. Five people were arrested for allegedly damaging cars and houses in Middle Village, police said.

In Los Angeles, there were multiple graffiti messages that read: "Kill Kyle" and "ACAB." ATMs were smashed and the windows of Chase Bank were shattered in Hollywood.

In Denver, a crowd blocked traffic and thumped vehicles that attempted to pass.

In Kenosha, Wisconsin — the location of the fatal shootings and the Rittenhouse trial — the scene was relatively calm.

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