On October 30, Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year old who shot three protestors in Kenosha, WI on August 25, was extradited to Wisconsin to face homicide charges. Here are the latest arrest details of Kyle Rittenhouse.
The Latest Arrest Details of Kyle Rittenhouse
Rittenhouse made national headlines after he used an AR-15-style rifle in self-defense as riots broke out for a third night in protest to the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse has been charged with two counts of homicide and four other charges in connection with the shootings that killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, 26.
Until October 30, Rittenhouse had been in custody in an Illinois juvenile facility since turning himself in.
Details of the arrest had not been released to the public until The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel went to court to ask a judge to order the release of records about Rittenhouse's arrest.
Antioch police had denied a public records request for the information. A judge has since ordered Antioch to produce the records.
Rittenhouse's legal team has said he acted in self-defense and should not be charged with any crime.
His attorneys argued in a 20-minute hearing on Friday that he should be released from the juvenile facility.
But an Illinois judge denied the teen's request for release and ordered him extradited to Wisconsin to face the homicide charges.
New Details Have Emerged
With the recent release of the arrest details of Kyle Rittenhouse from the Antioch Police, more information is now available about Rittenhouse’s efforts to turn himself in, and his reaction to what had occurred.
Rittenhouse told officers that he was hired to provide security for a Kenosha business and armed himself for protection.
After the shootings, Rittenhouse attempted to turn himself in to an officer in Kenosha. The officer told him to go home.
Within two hours of the shootings, Rittenhouse and his mother arrived at the Antioch, Illinois police station.
He turned himself in. He told the officer on duty that he had ended a man’s life.
Firefighters were called to assess scratches and bruises on Rittenhouse.
He told the police he had been hit in the head with a baseball bat, a skateboard, and was hit in the neck before firing his weapon.
A viral video was taken of Rittenhouse being hit with a skateboard.
While being observed by an Antioch officer, Rittenhouse cried, vomited, and had trouble breathing.
The firefighters were called in again because of this. It was hardly an account of a ruthless killer.
Rittenhouse was then booked as a fugitive from justice on the Kenosha warrant for first-degree intentional homicide.
He was then taken to the juvenile detention center.
The Rifle Used in the Shooting Remained in Wisconsin
Wisconsin judge sets $2,000,000 bond for Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois teenager accused of killing two protesters and wounding a third at demonstrations in Kenosha after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. https://t.co/i1rKVnsNHK
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 3, 2020
The AR-15 style rifle that Rittenhouse used in the shooting was purchased by his 18-year old friend from an Ace Hardware in Wisconsin.
The friend brought the rifle to Kenosha on August 25 and took it home with him later that night.
Rittenhouse never brought the rifle to Illinois.
Prosecutors in Illinois declined to issue any charges related to the case.
Federal prosecutors have not filed any firearm-related charges, either.
Rittenhouse faces one misdemeanor charge of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18 in Wisconsin.
The Media is Painting Rittenhouse as a Ruthless Killer
The media is painting Rittenhouse as a fascist vigilante, who maniacally and obsessively worships the police and President Trump.
His victims, who were violently rioting that night in August, are profiled as “troubled” and deserving of the public’s sympathy.
The Washington Post ran a story in early October that sought sympathy for Rosenbaum, Huber, and Grosskreutz.
But while the piece may have intended to further criminalize Rittenhouse as a ruthless killer, it instead sheds further light on the troubled pasts that accompanied the men who were shot.
About the Victims
The truth is that Joseph Rosenbaum had been released from a mental health facility only hours before he physically assaulted Kyle Rittenhouse.
He had attempted suicide twice and had physically assaulted his fiancee. Rosenbaum was depressed and homeless.
He had spent most of his adult life in prison for sexual conduct with children when he was 18. He also struggled with bipolar disorder.
In the videos from the night of August 25, he often appeared agitated.
Other protestors warned him that he was “going to get them all shot.”
The Post described Huber by saying that, “He carried his skateboard, a source of joy and affirmation during a depressing and, according to court documents, violent adolescence, as well as a cellphone to document one of the most consequential nights in his town’s history.”
And yet he ended up using that skateboard to violently attack Rittenhouse, which was caught on video and released to the public. Doesn’t sound especially joyous for Rittenhouse.
Huber’s history is extremely disturbing, having “brandished a butcher knife and threatened to ‘gut’ his brother ‘like a pig’ if he didn’t clean the house in 2012.
His family told police that Huber choked his brother with his hands for 10 seconds before letting him go and retreating to a skate park.
Convicted of strangulation and false imprisonment, he was placed on probation but violated the terms and was sent to prison in 2017.
When he came home, he got into another argument over the state of the house.
This time, he kicked his sister and went back to prison on a charge of disorderly conduct in 2018.
Grosskreutz, who had become a fixture at protests since May, chased Rittenhouse with his pistol drawn.
He is a member of the People’s Revolution, which calls for an end to police brutality.
Time will tell if the video evidence of Rittenhouse clearly acting in self-defense will be enough to free him.
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