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Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged in August with murder after being forced to defend himself from attacking protesters in Kenosha, Wisc., has been hit with an additional charge.
Four months later, prosecutors have charged Rittenhouse with violating curfew the night he shot and killed two protesters, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Rittenhouse faces first-degree intentional homicide and attempted homicide charges, so curfew violation makes for an interesting addition. His legal team is claiming self defense and says video footage of the shootings support that assertion.
The left, to include the media, was quick to claim Rittenhouse, who was armed with an AR-15-style rifle, was a trigger-happy white supremacist.
Kyle Rittenhouse faces a new, seventh charge — violating curfew in Kenosha the night of fatal shootings https://t.co/rdllWB3RkD
— Journal Sentinel (@journalsentinel) December 29, 2020
On the day of the shooting, Rittenhouse had spent the day working as a community lifeguard and later cleaning graffiti from a local public high school. He would then go to the scene of protests to help protect local businesses, after rioting the previous two nights had destroyed many businesses.
Video shows him being chased by protesters and when a shot rings out, he shot and killed the closest protester who has been chasing him. Afterwards, he flees the scene only to be set upon again by the mob. After falling and getting struck in the head with a skateboard, Rittenhouse opened fire on two more protesters, killing one and wounding the other.
Rittenhouse faced a $2 million cash bail and spent some time behind bars, before conservatives rallied to his cause and raised the money to secure his release.
Actor Ricky Schroder and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell helped contribute to the $2 million cash bail, and L. Lin Wood, the attorney representing Rittenhouse, shared a photo of his client after his release.
“FREE AT LAST,” the attorney tweeted, along with a photo of the ‘Silver Spoon’ actor and one of Rittenhouse’s attorneys posing with the high school student.
FREE AT LAST!!!
From L to R:
Attorney John Pierce @CaliKidJMP
THE KYLE RITTENHOUSE
Actor Ricky Schroder @rickyschroder13
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) November 21, 2020
A 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew was in effect when Rittenhouse was attacked, prompting the additional charge, which goes along with the charges detailed above and two counts of endangering safety and illegal possession of a firearm.
In all, police arrested about 150 people for curfew violations during the protests.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
That tells me they know his other charges won’t stand if they’re adding a misdemeanor curfew charge which really is the only crime committed. So that means Gaige should be charged with curfew also but I bet that won’t happen. Disgusting pandering officials!
— Haakers85 (@HAAKERS85) December 30, 2020
When are they going to charge the BLM rioters and looters with breaking curfew? arson? Assault and battery? Disturbing the peace? Unlawful assemble?
— OLD ARMY NURSE ❌ (@TKudia10) December 30, 2020
So now at least he’ll come away w a guilty verdict on something, cuz the other charges won’t stick.
— MadMatt 🌺💚🇧🇴🍕 (@MadMattChicago) December 30, 2020
Had to come up with something that’ll stick.
— JDubbs (@dubbs0624) December 29, 2020
Are you going to retroactively ticket everyone for that violation for the entire time the order was in place? Yeah, didn’t think so. Notice how this kid makes bail and no one tried to burn down the post office? uhmmm?
— m. mccarthy (@otismahone) December 29, 2020
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