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Local Branch of the N-A-A-C-P responds to Rittenhouse not guilty verdict

A local civil rights group is expressing their reaction to the Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal.

In a statement from the Carbondale Branch of the NAACP, President Linda Flowers says the group is disappointed with the verdict handed down by a Wisconsin jury in which they found Rittenhouse not guilty of murder.

The statement goes on to say it is very important to see more unbiased judges and more diverse jurors in trials. Flowers says they believe if the shooter had been a person of color the outcome would have been different.

The Carbondale Branch of the NAACP adds they are nevertheless committed in getting rid of, what they say is white supremacy and privilege in the nation's justice system.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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