What the Rittenhouse verdict means for the future of protest in America.

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Hours after Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal, Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California, jumped into the conversation about the risks protesters now face in light of the verdict, tweeting: “We have more peaceful marching to do. To where? Every ballot box across our land. Lace up.”

While protests on the Left have remained predominantly peaceful over the past five years, the dangers to protesters have spread silently. In August 2017, the risks were on full display when a white supremacist drove a car into counter protesters, killing Heather Heyer, at the Unite the Right rally in Virginia. This saga came to a close yesterday when a jury in Charlottesville, VA ruled, in the civil case against the right-wing groups that organized the rally, that those injured during the attack were entitled to more than $26 million in damages. 

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