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Kyle Rittenhouse charged with first-degree murder over fatal shooting of demonstrators in Kenosha

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Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder over the shooting of three demonstrators – two of whom died – during protests/riots in the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin last Tuesday night. The protests were in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake by cops last Sunday. ~

The two men killed were Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26. The third man injured was Gaige Grosskreutz, 26. Rittenhouse is currently being held at a juvenile center in Vernon Hills. ~

Although the circumstances surrounding the events remain unclear, footage shows a protester, identified as Joseph Rosenbaum, initially chasing Rittenhouse into a car lot. As Rosenbaum closed in, he threw an object at the armed teenager. The 17-year-old quickly spun around and fired his AR-15, hitting Rosenbaum in the head. After circling around, Rittenhouse made a phone call and then ran off camera. Several demonstrators appeared to begin chasing after the teen. A slow-motion video shows Rittenhouse falling on the ground as a group of protesters rushed towards him. One individual kicked him, while another demonstrator tried to strike him with a skateboard. Several shots can be heard, with one of them fatally wounding the protester holding the skateboard. Another demonstrator who charged at the 17-year-old, believed to have been armed with a pistol, was shot in the arm (RT). In an interview with journalist Elijah Schaffer, the teen said that he was defending businesses from rioters. ~

Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, about 15 miles from Kenosha, faces five felony charges that include first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide, and a misdemeanor charge for possession of a dangerous weapon by a minor (Politico). Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorney, Lin Wood, has claimed he was ‘attacked’ with lethal force and was acting in self-defense, as new video reveals a different angle to one of the attacks. According to critics of Rittenhouse, however, the teenager should never have been at the protest with a gun he was not legally allowed to have in the first place, and was just asking for the trouble he received (ABC News). ~

ARTICLE: CARSON CHOATE

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