Mr Rittenhouse, now 18-years-old, could have faced life in prison if he was guilty on the most serious charge against him.
He was charged with homicide and attempted homicide and recklessly endangering safety for killing Joseph Rosenbaum 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz, 28, with a military-style semiautomatic rifle in Kenosha, Wisconsin during a Black Lives Matter protest.
Those who were shot were all white.
Kyle Rittenhouse has been found not guilty on all five charges related to fatally shooting two protesters and injuring a third. Picture: Sean Krajacic – Pool/Getty Images
He broke down in tears and fell to his knees as the verdict was read out in court on Friday (local time). Picture: Sean Krajacic – Pool/Getty Images
Mr Rittenhouse on the night of the protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Picture: Youtube/Daily Caller/Richie McGinniss
The 12-member jury returned the verdict after three-and-a-half-days of deliberation on Friday (local time).
Mr Rittenhouse broke down in tears and fell on his chair after the decision was handed down. Only moments ago, Judge Bruce Schroeder told the courtroom to remain silent or they would be kicked out.
“The charges against (the) defendant on all counts are dismissed with prejudice and he’s released from the obligation of his bond,” Judge Schroeder said.
Lawyers for the baby-faced teenager argued he had the right to carry the weapon he took to the protest and acted in self-defence when he was attacked.
There are fears the conclusion of the trial could cause further unrest over the ongoing debate of racism, gun violence and vigilantism. 
Civil rights and anti-racism groups were critical of the verdict in the high-profile case that has captured the nation.
Kyle Rittenhouse trial gains national attention
“Rittenhouse’s trial highlights an urgent need for reform for both police and the criminal legal system. The system is broken and it desperately needs to be fixed,” Shaadie Ali, interim Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin, said in a statement.
The National Association of the Advancement of Coloured People tweeted: “The verdict in the #KyleRittenhouse case is a travesty and fails to deliver justice on behalf of those who lost their lives as they peacefully assembled to protest against police brutality and violence.”
The rally in Kenosha was triggered after a white police officer shot Black man, Jacob Blake, that left him paralysed from the waist down.
The high-profile case has captured America with those standing by the US second amendment, the right to bear arms, seeing the result as a huge win. Picture: Nathan Howard/Getty Images/AFP
Unrest erupted across major US cities only three months earlier after unarmed black man, George Floyd, was killed by white Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin.
Mr Rittenhouse, who lived in neighbouring state Illinois, entered the jurisdiction claiming he was there to protect property from rioters and offer medical assistance to injured people.
However, the prosecution argued he instigated the violence with prosecutor Thomas Binger showing the jury drone shots of Mr Rittenhouse pointing his AR-style weapon at protesters.
“You cannot hide behind self-defence if you provoked the incident,” Mr Binger said in his closing arguments. 
“If you created the danger, you forfeit the right to self-defence by bringing that gun, aiming at people, threatening people’s lives. The defendant provoked everything.”
Jury ‘take time’ to deliver Rittenhouse verdict
The teen’s lawyer, Mark Richards, labelled Mr Rosenbaum – the first man who was killed – a “rioter” and a “crazy person” who targeted his client before he was attacked by a “mob”.
“Mr Rosenbaum was shot because he was chasing my client and going to kill him, take his gun and carry out the threats he made,” he said.
Mr Rittenhouse testified during the trial saying he feared for his life on the night of the rally.
“I didn’t intend to kill them. I intended to stop the people who were attacking me,” he said to the court.
The result is a win for those that stand for the US second amendment, the right to bare arms, while those on the left view Mr Rittenhouse as a vigilante and further fuels the ongoing debate of gun-control in America.

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