Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Ends: Not Guilty on All Charges

A victory for self defense

On August 25, 2020, during Black Lives Matter riots in the small Midwestern city of Kenosha (WI), Rittenhouse and a group of armed volunteers were guarding a car dealership that had been torched the night before. After Rittenhouse put out a fire, he was chased by a rioter named James Rosenbaum, who reached for Rittenhouse’s AR-15-style rifle. Rittenhouse fired four times, hitting Rosenbaum and wounding him mortally. The shots also nearly hit Daily Caller journalist Richie McGinniss, who was covering the riots, though he was ultimately not wounded.

A crowd then gave chase as Rittenhouse attempted to flee toward police officers. He was struck in the head with a rock by an unknown assailant and kicked in the face by someone referred to as “Jump Kick Man,” whom Rittenhouse then shot at but missed. A rioter named Anthony Huber then hit Rittenhouse in the head and neck with a skateboard, and reached for the rifle; Rittenhouse fired one shot, killing him. Another rioter, Gaige Grosskreutz, who was armed with a pistol, raised his hands above his head, then charged Rittenhouse with his gun pointed at him. Rittenhouse fired, wounding Grosskreutz in the arm.

Rittenhouse broke down in tears as he shared how he was surrounded by BLM and Antifa rioters who were coming to kill him. Leftist Marxists like Lebron James and George Takei accused Rittenhouse of fake crying.

Suspected witness tampering was uncovered in the Rittenhouse case as star witness Gaige Grosskreutz, who aimed his gun at Rittenhouse, had charges dropped by the prosecutor only days before being a witness in the case. For some reason, Grosskreutz has not been charged as a felon in possession of a firearm and attempting to kill Kyle Rittenhouse, even though at the time of the event, Grosskreutz was a felon. In his long list of violations, Grosskreutz was arrested with his second OWI (operating while intoxicated) and a case was filed on January 21, 2021.  This was only a couple of months after he attempted to kill Kyle Rittenhouse. Read more...

The prosecution in the trial called Rittenhouse an “active shooter” and argued that the mob, full of “heroes,” had been “entirely reasonable” to chase him. The defense argued that Rittenhouse had acted in self-defense, in reasonable fear of imminent death or grievous bodily harm.

In addition, the defense had repeatedly argued for a mistrial. During the trial itself, the defense said that the prosecution had infringed on Rittenhouse’s Fifth Amendment rights by commenting on his post-arrest silence. The prosecutor also mentioned evidence that the judge had specifically ruled out of the trial. Judge Bruce Schroeder agreed, and admonished the prosecutor, but allowed the trial to continue, saying he would rule on the motion to dismiss later. Later, after the trial, while the jury deliberated, the defense filed another motion to dismiss, after the prosecution used a high-definition version of a video of events that the defense had never seen; the defense had only had access to a lower-definition version (1/16th) of the same footage.1

Here are the charges Kyle Rittenhouse faced:

  • First-degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon – Not Guilty
    — This felony charge is connected to the death of Joseph Rosenbaum, the first man Rittenhouse shot.
  • First-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon – Not Guilty
    — This felony charge is also connected to the Rosenbaum shooting. McGinnis told investigators he was in the line of fire when Rittenhouse shot Rosenbaum.
  • First-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon – Not Guilty
    — This charge is connected to Anthony Huber’s death. Video shows Rittenhouse running down the street after shooting Rosenbaum when he falls to the street. Huber leaps at him and swings a skateboard at his head and neck and tries to grab Rittenhouse’s gun before Rittenhouse fires.
  • Attempted first-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon – Not Guilty
    — This is the charge for Rittenhouse shooting Gaige Grosskreutz in the arm seconds after he shot Huber, and as Grosskreutz came toward pointing a pistol at him.
  • First-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon – Not Guilty
    — Video shows an unknown man leaping at Rittenhouse and trying to kick him seconds before Huber moves his skateboard toward him. Rittenhouse appears to fire two rounds at the man.
  • Possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18 – Dropped
    — This charge was dropped by the court.
  • Failure to comply with an emergency order from state or local government – Dropped
    — Kenosha officials imposed an 8 p.m. curfew the night of the shootings.

After having their entire case obliterated by video evidence and bombshell witness testimony all week – with some of the worst blows coming from their own ‘star’ witnesses – prosecutors for the state’s case against Kyle Rittenhouse finally came to the realization that their arguments had gotten them nowhere. Wisconsin’s Assistant District Attorney James Kraus acknowledged the slim prospects for a guilty verdict as he indicated the state’s intentions to switch out (move the goalpost) Rittenhouse’s current charges with “a multitude of lesser charges” for the jury to come to a decision on.

The jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse reached a verdict earlier Friday.

In September 2020, Joe Biden defamed Kyle Rittenhouse and smeared him as a white supremacist.

Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense lawyer Mark Richards spoke to the press after the decision and blasted Joe Biden. Biden and the left-wing media made this trial about race – Rittenhouse, a white teen who fatally shot two white men in self-defense, was smeared as a ‘white supremacist.’

“Biden said some things that I think are so incorrect and untrue — he’s not a white supremacist,” Mr. Richards said defending Kyle Rittenhouse.

 

The White House released a statement Friday afternoon from Joe Biden in which he says he is “angry and concerned” about the not guilty on all counts verdict. Biden avoided answering whether he stood by his calling Rittenhouse a “white supremacist” a year earlier, instead saying he stood by the jury verdict:

“Look, I stand by what the jury has concluded. The jury system works and we have to abide by it.”

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