Domestic Terrorism: Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old member of a right-wing militia, has been charged with murder after killing two Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, of Antioch, Illinois, was charged with first degree murder after killing two people and injuring another during unrest on the streets of Kenosha Tuesday night.
The Daily Beast reports:
Kyle Rittenhouse, a rifle-toting teenage Blue Likes Matter fan suspected of fatally shooting at least two people and injuring another during protests in Kenosha over the shooting of Jacob Blake, has been charged with murder.
Rittenhouse, 17, was arrested in Illinois and faces charges of first-degree intentional homicide, according to Lake County, Illinois Clerk of Courts public records.
BREAKING: Kyle Rittenhouse arrested in Antioch, IL. Initial complaint ticket shows he’ll be charged with 1st degree intentional homicide for Kenosha shooting. 1/
— Nick Penzenstadler (@npenzenstadler) August 26, 2020
In the complaint Rittenhouse is labeled as a “fugitive from justice.” The complaint states: “(Rittenhouse) fled the state of Wisconsin with intent to avoid prosecution for that offense.”
The teen has been assigned a public defender and is scheduled to appear at an extradition hearing on Aug. 28, according to court records.
TMZ explains the back story:
A man — who witnesses described as being part of a vigilante militia group — with a long gun brazenly walked down a street in Kenosha, Wisconsin Tuesday night and began firing his weapon at people protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake, killing 2, and incredibly walking right past a swarm of cops who let him go into the night.
Indeed, in video evidence it does appear that Rittenhouse attempts to surrender himself to police after killing two of his victims and wounding a third, but the police do nothing. The Independent reports:
Video footage from the event showed a gunman in the middle of the street brandishing a semi-automatic rifle before firing off the shots that hit multiple people. Eye witnesses then said the gunman was allowed to walk past police without getting arrested. In one video, protesters are heard shouting at police that he was the gunman as the officer drove by to attend to the victims.
More information and reactions to the story via Twitter:
This is Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, an Illinois resident who was just charged with first-degree murder of two people last night in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This teen, whose social media history is full of misogyny and white supremacy, had easy access to an AR-15.
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 26, 2020
Kyle Rittenhouse 17 years old
from Antioch, IL shoots a man in the head with an AR-15 & kills him in Kenosha. He also shot 2 more people killing 2.
Evades street justice by running toward cops with an AR-15
AND the Police just let him go!
— kirk acevedo (@kirkacevedo) August 26, 2020
Kyle Rittenhouse, who drove to Kenosha from out of state, then murdered two protestors, has just been arrested and charged with murder back in Illinois.
Police literally gave him water and he walked RIGHT PAST THEM after the murders.
Police COLLABORATED with these men.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 26, 2020
A 17 y/o white supremacist, Kyle Rittenhouse, drove from Illinois to Wisconsin w/ an AR-15 to TERRORIZE BLM PROTESTORS
He shot several people ended up killing 2. Then is able to casually walk around police as if he didn’t just murder!
WHAT THE FUCK?!pic.twitter.com/eSdQm5eJ4Z
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) August 26, 2020
This is Kyle Rittenhouse.
He’s not from Wisconsin, he’s from Illinois.
He went to Kenosha with a rifle to kill people.
— �Dan Whitfield For US Senate 2020 | Arkansas (@DanWhitCongress) August 26, 2020
White Supremacist Kyle Rittenhouse Shot and Killed Two Protesters in Kenosha With an AR-15; Watch The Cops Help Aid in His Escape as He as Allowed to Walk Right Past Them With Gun in Hand After Saying He Just Killed People (Tweets-Vids) https://t.co/HBC5WEOO7w pic.twitter.com/bCfF4nZvax
— Robert Littal BSO (@BSO) August 26, 2020
Bottom line: Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old member of a right-wing militia, has been charged with murder after killing two Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin.