Prosecutors hit 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse with additional new charge

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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.

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.

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:

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