Kyle Rittenhouse protester arrested and fined $768 for anti-racist chalk message

A woman was taken into custody by police and fined $767.50 on Friday night after writing an anti-racist message in chalk on the steps of the courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The woman, who was protesting Kyle Rittenhouse's acquittal at the site of his trial, told Milwaukee's Channel 12 that she wrote, "White supremacy is for cowards" in chalk on the courthouse steps.

Multiple police vehicles pulled up with their lights and sirens activated, before officers placed the woman in handcuffs, according to a report from Channel 58. They then put the woman in the back of an unmarked vehicle before issuing her the citation and releasing her.

"I was detained and given a ticket for destroying property, which I wrote in chalk on a building a political message, on a government building — non-permanent chalk," the woman told Channel 58.

"I am a strong believer in non-destructive acts of political free speech, and I view that as an act of non-destructive political free speech," she told Channel 12.

In another video, posted to Reddit (below), the woman said while she was in the police vehicle, she heard an officer on the phone telling someone that she had written a message "calling us cowards."

"It says 'white supremacists are cowards,'" the woman said. "The officer identified with the message as if he had been called a coward."