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Protests across US as teen cleared of murder

There have been calls for calm in the US after a teenager who shot dead two people during racial unrest last year was cleared of all charges.

Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, argued he was acting in self-defence when he shot the men and injured a third in Wisconsin.

Kyle Rittenhouse

The verdict on Friday, which followed a high-profile trial that divided the US, sparked protests in some cities.

But politicians, including President Joe Biden, and families of the victims have urged restraint.

“What we need right now is justice, not more violence,” lawyers for the family of Gaige Grosskreutz, who was shot and injured by Mr Rittenhouse, said in a statement.

“I urge everyone to express their views peacefully, consistent with the rule of law,” Mr Biden told reporters outside the White House.

Despite the calls for calm, a riot was declared by police in the city of Portland, Oregon, on Friday evening as some 200 people broke windows and threw objects.

There were also protests in Chicago and New York, but they were relatively low-key compared to the widespread civil unrest that the US had seen previously.

Also read; Kenosha shootings: Kyle Rittenhouse found not guilty

Editing by Tola Oguneye