Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Attorney for Kenosha teenager Kyle Rittenhouse releases new footage showing a BLM protester fire a gun BEFORE his client - claiming it proves self-defense

 Attorneys for Kyle Rittenhouse have released new footage of the shootings he carried out during protests and riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, arguing that they demonstrate a clear-cut case of self-defense.

Rittenhouse, 17, is charged with intentional homicide and other charges for fatally shooting two and injuring one during a confrontation on August 25, the third night of protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man who was shot in the back and paralyzed.

On Tuesday, Rittenhouse's attorney Lin Wood released footage outlining the defense's version of events on the night of the shootings, in particular highlighting the events leading up to the first shooting, which was not captured on as widely-circulated video as the subsequent two shootings.

In a slickly produced 11-minute video released by Wood's #FightBack Foundation, the defense team argues that other shots were fired before and after the first fatal shooting, which killed 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum.

Videos also show a dispute between Joseph Rosenbaum (right in red shirt) and men guarding a nearby gas station prior to the shooting

Videos also show a dispute between Joseph Rosenbaum (right in red shirt) and men guarding a nearby gas station prior to the shooting

Rittenhouse's attorneys theorize that Rosembaum may have believed Rittenhouse (right) was the other guard (left) that he'd had an earlier dispute with

Rittenhouse's attorneys theorize that Rosembaum may have believed Rittenhouse (right) was the other guard (left) that he'd had an earlier dispute with


Rittenhouse, a high school student and lifeguard in nearby Antioch, Illinois, has said that he and his friends were called upon by a business owner in Kenosha to help maintain the peace after several businesses were burned by protesters in preceding nights.

Video from earlier in the evening shows him with a first-aid kit offering medical aid to protesters. He also carries an AR-15-style rifle. The legal age to open carry in Wisconsin is 18.

Videos also show a dispute between Rosenbaum and men guarding a nearby gas station prior to the shooting.

Rittenhouse's lawyers say that Rosenbaum was enraged that the guards had put out a fire in a rolling dumpster that activists had tried to push toward the gas station, and that he was seen shouting 'Shoot me n***a' at a man with a rifle at the gas station, who was dressed similarly to Rittenhouse.

Some time later, Rittenhouse was spotted sprinting with a fire extinguisher to put out another fire, which his lawyers claim that Rosenbaum was involved in igniting.

New footage (above) shows Rittenhouse sprinting with a fire extinguisher to put out another fire, which his lawyers claim that Rosenbaum was involved in igniting

New footage (above) shows Rittenhouse sprinting with a fire extinguisher to put out another fire, which his lawyers claim that Rosenbaum was involved in igniting

Then, the video shows Rittenhouse fleeing on foot as he is pursued by Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse's attorneys theorize that Rosembaum may have believed Rittenhouse was the other guard that he'd had an earlier dispute with.

The video shows Rittenhouse running into a parking lot, followed by Rosenbaum and journalist Richard McGinniss, who was filming the chase on his cellphone.

'Directly in front of Rittenhouse, armed with bats and other weapons, a mob is forming a barricade,' according to the voiceover on the video released by Wood.

As Rittenhouse fled, a single gunshot rang out nearby, with the muzzle flash captured on video. It's unclear who fired the gun. Rittenhouse then turns around to face Rosenbaum, and according to McGinniss, opened fire as Rosenbaum lunged at his rifle.

According to Rittenhouse's attorneys, he fired four times. The video captures three additional shots of unknown origin immediately after Rittnehouse fired.

Rosembaum was struck four times, and Rittenhouse's attorneys say that it has yet to be proven that he fired all of the shots that struck Rosenbaum. 

As Rittenhouse fled, a single gunshot rang out nearby, with the muzzle flash (circled) captured on video. It's unclear who fired the gun

As Rittenhouse fled, a single gunshot rang out nearby, with the muzzle flash (circled) captured on video. It's unclear who fired the gun

The video shows Rittenhouse running into a parking lot, followed by Rosenbaum and journalist Richard McGinniss, who was filming the chase on his cellphone

The video shows Rittenhouse running into a parking lot, followed by Rosenbaum and journalist Richard McGinniss, who was filming the chase on his cellphone

Rittenhouse then attempted to call 911, but quickly fled from the shooting scene on foot as an angry crowd began to form.

What happened next is more widely known, thanks to dramatic video that circulated soon after the shootings. 

As Rittenhouse fled, he was pursued and struck from behind. Rittenhouse tripped, and several people began to attack him while he was on the ground.

As an unknown man tried to jump on him, Rittenhouse fired two shots into the air. 

Then, as 26-year-old Anthony Huber struck him in the head with a skateboard and grabbed for his rifle, Rittenhouse fired once, striking Huber in the chest and killing him.

The video then shows Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, approaching Rittenhouse with a handgun in his right hand. Rittenhouse fires once, striking Grosskreutz in the right bicep and wounding him.

A social media post unearthed by Rittnehouse's legal team purports to show a social media post by a friend of Grosskreutz who spoke to him in the hospital after the shooting.

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The video then shows Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, approaching Rittenhouse with a handgun in his right hand. Rittenhouse fires once, striking Grosskreutz in the right bicep and wounding him

The video then shows Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, approaching Rittenhouse with a handgun in his right hand. Rittenhouse fires once, striking Grosskreutz in the right bicep and wounding him

Anthony Huber
Gaige Grosskreutz

Anthony Huber (left) was killed and Gaige Grosskreutz (right) was injured in the second shooting, when Rittenhouse fired from the ground 

A social media post unearthed by Rittnehouse's legal team purports to show a social media post by a friend of Grosskreutz who spoke to him in the hospital

A social media post unearthed by Rittnehouse's legal team purports to show a social media post by a friend of Grosskreutz who spoke to him in the hospital

'His only regret was not killing the kid and hesitating to pull the gun before emptying the entire mag into him,' the friend claimed Grosskreutz had said.

Lin Wood and John Pierce, another attorney who has taken up high-profile cases championed by conservatives, started the #FightBack foundation in early August. 

The fund is described as a way to 'bring lawsuits to check the lies of the left.' Pierce stepped back from the fund's board earlier this month, saying he wanted to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

The case has become a political flashpoint, drawing polarized reactions from different sides of the political spectrum.

Rittenhouse is charged with two counts of intentional homicide, reckless endagerment, attempted intentional homicide, and misdemeanor possession of a firearm by a person under 18.

He is due in Illinois court on Thursday for a hearing on his extradition to Wisconsin. In Wisconsin, his bail has been set at $2 million.

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