This weekend, Kyle Rittenhouse was released on bond from jail. This has caused an uproar in some corners of the political stratosphere. It also raises questions about pre-trial detention and when it’s appropriate.
“New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday slammed what she called a “double standard” within the criminal justice system after accused Kenosha killer Kyle Rittenhouse was sprung from jail on a $2 million bond,” according to the New York Post.
“The 17-year-old’s release on Friday had sparked outrage on social media from some Democrats who argued it was an example of racial privilege within the system.
“‘Does anyone believe Rittenhouse would be released if he were Muslim & did the same thing in a diff context?’ Ocasio-Cortez asked on Twitter.
“‘For people who say ‘systemic racism doesn’t exist,’ this is what it looks like: protection of white supremacy baked deep into our carceral systems,’ she continued, adding “Law and disorder.”
Below are Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s tweets. For more on this story, go to the New York Post.
After reviewing AOC’s tweets, please share your thoughts in the comment section on this page. Was it appropriate for the court to release Kyle Rittenhouse on bond? Do you believe the criminal justice system is racially biased?
Does anyone believe Rittenhouse would be released if he were Muslim & did the same thing in a diff context? For people who say “systemic racism doesn’t exist,” this is what it looks like: protection of white supremacy baked deep into our carceral systems.
Law and disorder.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 21, 2020