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Kyle Rittenhouse, a teenager who shot dead two people during Wisconsin racial unrest last year, was cleared of all charges.

The 18-year-old argued he was acting in self-defense when he shot the men and injured a third in Wisconsin.

The verdict on November 19, which followed a high-profile trial that divided the US, sparked protests in some cities.

However, 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 Kyle Rittenhouse, said in a statement.

“I urge everyone to express their views peacefully, consistent with the rule of law,” President Joe 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.

Kyle Rittenhouse said he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, 28, in August 2020 in the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The teenager and the men he shot are all white. The incident happened during violent protests over the shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white police officer.

Jacob Blake’s uncle was outside the court when Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted.

“We’re going to continue to fight and we’re going to continue to be peaceful. Let freedom ring,” Justin Blake said.

Anthony Huber’s family said the verdict “sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street.”

Kyle Rittenhouse is now in an undisclosed location, a spokesman for his family told CBS.

“In this whole situation there are no winners, there are two people who lost their lives and that’s not lost on us at all,” they said.

The verdict has prompted strong reactions from both sides.

Derrick Johnson, the president of the civil rights organization NAACP, tweeted that the verdict “is a reminder of the treacherous role that white supremacy and privilege play within our justice system”.

Prominent civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton said the “outrageous and dangerous” verdict will encourage vigilantes to use violence to assert their power.

“These continue to be dark days for black people killed at the hands of people that believe our lives do not matter,” he said in a statement.

There are also concerns about the legal precedence the verdict could set for future cases.

California’s Governor Gavin Newsom wrote: “America today: you can break the law, carry around weapons built for a military, shoot and kill people, and get away with it.”

President Biden said he was “angry and concerned” at the verdict, but that “the jury has spoken”.

Conservatives argue Kyle Rittenhouse asserted his right to bear arms and defended himself.

Former President Donald Trump congratulated him in a statement emailed to his supporters.

“If that’s not self-defense, nothing is!” he wrote.

Several Republican lawmakers said they would like to offer a congressional internship to Kyle Rittenhouse.

One of them was the representative of North Carolina, Madison Cawthorn, who on an Instagram story said: “You have a right to defend yourself, be armed, be dangerous and be moral.”

Following the verdict, right-wing Fox News host Tucker Carlson posted a clip of an exclusive interview with the teenager, to be broadcast on November 22.

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Do you work as a security guard? Does danger often surround you? Do you live in an unsafe neighbourhood? Let’s face the truth: Police officers cannot protect you at all times. Sometimes, you have to be your own hero.

In this article, we will discuss the basics of self-defence, adverse situations, and what can you do to come out of them. 

Read on to learn something worth your time.

Self Defense is a countermeasure that involves protecting oneself from danger. It requires the right presence of mind to defend yourself from the attacker, meanwhile also taking measures so that they can’t restrain you. While it might sound a no-brainer, during unfavourable conditions when even the sanest people lose their calm and become anxious, it may still become tough.

The world is an uncertain place to live in. You can never predict what’s going to happen next, the situations you may have to face, and the things you may have to deal with. But we can do something to avoid getting hurt in unfavourable situations.

On that note, let’s look at some common critical situations that can be dealt with the basic knowledge of self-defence.

Attacker

The attacker can be an individual or a group of people attempting to harm you in one way or the other. 

An attack can take place anytime and anywhere (it mostly does in isolated and secluded areas). 

Yes, it may be easy to tackle a single attacker. But can you handle a bunch of them? What if one or all of them are armed? What if they attack from behind? You may not know how to respond, and your mind may freeze.

Burglar

What if vandals and thieves try to loot your property? Can you shoo them away yourself, or will you wait for the authorities to come? We suggest you should wait for the police, but what if the burglar tries to harm you? It will be too late before help can arrive. 

Even if you have hired security services, it can take some time before they make an entry. That’s why it is safe knowing some self-defence tips.

Wild Animal

If you are a passionate hiker or camper, you may have faced a lot of difficult situations by now. That said, knowing how to protect yourself in the wild can give you peace of mind, and you can enjoy your time to the fullest. 

Have you tackled a wild animal before? Even if you have, it is nearly impossible to battle all animals in the jungle, but you must be aware of some tricks that can help you escape such situations.

Self-Defence Tips

You don’t have to ride a horse or wear a cape to become a hero. Rather than giving in to such unfavourable conditions, know how to fight them and come out safe. 

Enlisted below are some self-defence tips everyone should know about:

  • The best line of defence is to keep calm and stay shut. Only when your mind is at peace, can you make a rational decision and decide your course of action.
  • Keep pepper spray and a pair of handcuffs in your bag at all times. Even if you can’t fight back, you can distract the attacker, and cuff them so that they can’t try hurting you again.
  • Harm the assailant on the weak, sensitive regions of the body so that even if they are coming strong, you can get them all teary-eyed. Try to aim for the groin, eyes, nose, and spine.
  • Learn martial arts. You don’t have to be a pro to save yourself in such situations. Just basic knowledge can help too.
  • Assess the situation before acting upon it. If you are facing a group of robbers or gangsters, don’t fight back. Instead, be smart and try to hide until help arrives.

The above-mentioned tips can help you stay prepared should you face dangerous situations.