A Wisconsin judge is set to hear arguments over whether prosecutors should return Kyle Rittenhouse the assault rifle he used to shoot three people during a street protest
MADISON, Wis. – A Wisconsin judge was scheduled to hear arguments Friday on whether prosecutors should return Kyle Rittenhouse the assault rifle he used to shoot three people during a street protest.
Rittenhouse shot the men during the 2020 Kenosha protest. He killed Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz in the arm. Rittenhouse maintained that he fired in self-defense after each of the men attacked him. Last year, a jury acquitted him on several counts, including homicide.
Rittenhouse’s attorney, Mark Richards, filed a motion Jan. 19 asking prosecutors to return Rittenhouse’s gun, ammunition, face mask and other clothing he was wearing on the night of the shooting. Richards and David Hancock, a spokesperson for Rittenhouse, said last week that Rittenhouse wanted to destroy the rifle and dispose of the rest of the items so that nothing could be used as a political symbol or trophy celebrating the shooting.
Conservatives across the country praised Rittenhouse, saying he defended Kenosha against far-left activists. The Liberals painted him as a trigger-happy vigilante.
The motion hearing was before Judge Bruce Schroeder, the Kenosha County judge who presided over Rittenhouse’s trial.
Protesters took to the streets for several nights in Kenosha in August 2020 after a white police officer shot black Jacob Blake in the back as Blake resisted arrest during a domestic disturbance. The shooting left Blake paralyzed from the waist down.
Protests have at times turned chaotic, with people burning down buildings. Rittenhouse and his friend, Dominick Black, joined a group of militia members to protect a used car parking lot on the night of August 25.
Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time and lived in Antioch, Illinois, was armed with an AR-15 type rifle that Black had bought him earlier that year because he was too young to shoot. purchase a firearm under Wisconsin law.
According to the motion, Black had agreed that the rifle would become Rittenhouse’s property on his 18th birthday, January 3, 2021.
Bystanders and surveillance footage show that just before midnight, Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse and Rittenhouse shot him as he closed in on him. He shot Huber after Huber swung a skateboard at his head and Grosskreutz after Grosskreutz rushed at him holding a gun. Everyone involved in the shooting was white.
Black did not contest two citations earlier this month for aiding in the delinquency of a minor in exchange for prosecutors dropping two felony charges of intent to sell a dangerous weapon to a person of under 18 years old.