The 17-year-old’s discharge on Friday had caused anger on social media from some Democrats who claimed it was an example of racial perquisite within the system.
“Does anyone believe Rittenhouse would be released if he were Muslim & did the same thing in a diff context?” Ocasio-Cortez asked on Twitter.
“For people who say ‘systemic racism doesn’t exist,’ this is what it looks like: protection of white supremacy baked deep into our carceral systems,” she said, adding “Law and disorder.”
The radical left-wing lawmaker also used Rittenhouse’s bail to slam those who push against bail reform by complaining that “violent people will be let out of jail to roam free.”
They “rarely ever acknowledge that’s actually the current system we have today for the privileged,” AOC tweeted.
The bail for Rittenhouse — who encounters murder charges in the Aug. 25 shooting during a Black Lives Matter protest in the Wisconsin city — was funded with the help of actor Ricky Schroder and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell.
The teen maintains he was performing in self-defense when police say he killed demonstrators Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and wounded a third man.
Recently elected Missouri congresswoman Cori Bush, a Black Lives Matter activist, also asserted Rittenhouse’s bail was an example of a deficient flawed criminal justice system.
“80% of Texas county jail inmates who have died from COVID-19 were in pre-trial detention and had not been convicted of any crimes. If Kyle Rittenhouse can be released, is pre-trial detention really an issue of public safety?” she wrote on Twitter.
“We need to decarcerate to save lives,” Bush added.
His case has taken on political connotations. Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement have painted Rittenhouse as a trigger-happy white supremacist. Conservatives angered over vandalism during recent protests have described him as a patriot exercising his right to bear arms during the unrest. A legal defense fund for him has attracted millions of dollars in donations, and his mother got a standing praise from women at a Waukesha County GOP function in September.
Huber’s father, John Huber, asked Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Loren Keating during a hearing Nov. 2 to place Rittenhouse’s bond between $4 million and $10 million. Huber said Rittenhouse believes he’s above the law and regarded the effort to raise money on his behalf. He also suggested militia groups would protect him from police if he were released.
Rittenhouse’s attorney, Mark Richards, asked for $750,000 bail.
Keating eventually set bail at $2 million, saying Rittenhouse was a small bail given the severity of the statements against him.