Self-defense claimed as trial opens in killings at anti-racism protest

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Washington (AFP) – Attorneys for Kyle Rittenhouse, the American teen who shot three people during anti-police protests last year, claimed he had been attacked “like an animal” and acted in self-defense as arguments opened Tuesday in the politically charged murder trial. Mark Richards, representing the then-17-year-old who killed two men and wounded a third with his assault rifle at the August 25, 2020 protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, depicted Rittenhouse as under mortal threat from demonstrators. Reflecting the stark public divide over the case, which arose from the nationwide Black Lives Matter…

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