Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict Watch: Live Updates

Kyle Rittenhouse is on trial for shooting three men – two of whom died – following demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, 2020.

Demonstrations erupted after a Kenosha police officer shot and wounded Jacob Blake, a black man. The episode, which was captured in a mobile video, came at a time of nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd and police abuse of black Americans.

attributed to him…Adria-Joi Watkins, via Associated Press

Kenosha experienced widespread looting, arson and property damage in the days following the shooting of Mr. Blake. The shooting by Mr Rittenhouse, who claimed it was committed in self-defence, took place on the third night of protests in the city.

counts

  • First degree premeditated murder.

  • Attempted first degree murder.

  • First-degree stray murder.

  • Reckless endangerment (two accounts).

The premeditated murder charges, which are equivalent to what other countries call murder charges, carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The misdemeanor arms charge was dropped near the end of the trial.

Defendant

Mr. Rittenhouse, now 18, was 17 when the shooting occurred. He lived with his mother in Antioch, Illinois, near the Wisconsin border. His father lived in Kenosha.

Mr. Rittenhouse worked for a time as a lifeguard in Kenosha County, and kept a military-grade semi-automatic rifle in Wisconsin, which authorities said a friend bought for him.

Long before the shooting, Rittenhouse’s social media accounts were filled with posts supporting the police and Blue Lives Matter. He was a student in a program for ambitious young police officers.

attributed to him…Carlos Javier Ortiz for The New York Times

who were shot dead

  • Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, from Kenosha. killing.

  • Anthony Hooper, 26, lived in Kenosha County. killing.

  • Gaige Grosskreutz, 26 at the time, was a paramedic from West Allis, Wisconsin, who was shot in the arm and survived.

The trial judge reiterated a long-standing rule that since the issue of self-defense is at issue in a trial, people who have been shot cannot be referred to as “victims” in his courtroom.

Circumstances

On the evening of August 25, protesters filled Civic Center Park in downtown Kenosha, across from a fortified courtroom protected by police officers and National Guard troops. Also in attendance were people in camouflage clothing with rifles of ammunition strapped to their chests — which is legal for adults in Wisconsin, and is an open carry.

Some protesters threw fireworks and water bottles at police officers, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. The crowd was eventually driven out of Civic Center Park and down Sheridan Road, a major thoroughfare. By late evening, most of the protesters had left the area, but some remained on Sheridan Road, occasionally squabbling and arguing with dozens of people who said they were there to defend the city.

What happened

Video captured that night showed that Mr. Rittenhouse, who had joined a group of gunmen who said they were there to protect businesses, was walking around Sheridan Street providing medical assistance to protesters. Just before midnight, Mr. Rosenbaum, joining the crowd downtown, chased him into the car dealership parking lot.

A man nearby fired a gun in the air. As soon as Mister Rittenhouse turned toward the sound of gunfire, Mister Rosenbaum rushed toward him. The video shows that Mr. Rittenhouse fired four times, shooting Mr. Rosenbaum in the head.

Mr. Rittenhouse then fled to Sheridan Street with no less than ten members of the crowd in pursuit. Someone could be heard shouting, “This is the shooter!”

Moments later, Mr. Rittenhouse stumbled and fell, then shot two others who were pursuing him, Mr. Huber and Mr. Grosskreutz.

When the police cars arrived, Mr. Rittenhouse walked towards them with his arms raised, but they passed in front of him trying to reach the people who had been shot.

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