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What We Know So Far About The Kyle Rittenhouse Case

Kyle Rittenhouse
Tucker Carlson was certainly correct when he observed that when the police stand down citizens who are afraid for their lives and property will take their place, to no good result.

Kyle Rittenhouse, the young man from the small town of Antioch in Lake County, Illinois, who stepped up to take the place of the Kenosha, Wisconsin police department and has now been charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the fatal shootings of two rioters and the wounding of a third during the second night of looting and arson in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (The criminal complaint against Kyle Rittenhouse has now been released you can read it through this link to Breitbart.)

Democrats and anti-Second Amendment activists on social media have immediately tried to paint Mr. Rittenhouse as a “white supremacist” and otherwise besmirch his character.  Shannon Watts, @shannonrwatts, Founder of Moms Demand Justice part of billionaire Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun army tweeted:

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.

And Democrat Rep. Ayana Pressley likewise did her best to poison a future jury pool by tweeting:

A 17 year old white supremacist domestic terrorist drove across state lines, armed with an AR 15.

He shot and killed 2 people who had assembled to affirm the value, dignity, and worth of Black lives.

Fix your damn headlines.

However, according to CBS News the Anti-Defamation League, which tracks extremist activity, told network reporters while there were militia members at the Kenosha protest they found no indication from Rittenhouse's social media footprint that he is connected to any extremist movements. His posts indicate he is extremely pro-police and appears to have been a former police explorer, a career-oriented program for youth considering a career in law enforcement. Many of his social media posts use the phrase, "Blue Lives Matter," according to the ADL.

What is also known is that Mr. Rittenhouse spent a good bit of his time in Kenosha cleaning up the post-riot mess. The New York Post reported that before allegedly being filmed shooting “protesters” during a tense confrontation, Rittenhouse was spotted joining other volunteers in cleaning graffiti from a high school nearby the Kenosha County Courthouse.

What prompted the initial confrontation that caused Rittenhouse to fire remains murky and unconfirmed as of Thursday afternoon. Reports that a Molotov cocktail was thrown at him or near him have been contradicted and so far, we have not been able to find any video evidence confirming that scenario.

What has been confirmed is that Mr. Rittenhouse was confronted first by Joseph Rosenbaum. Multiple reports say Rosenbaum, 36, was the first one killed. Video allegedly shows him chasing Rittenhouse and throwing something at him. Rosenbaum had an extensive criminal history, including numerous assaults and an arson charge, and was a registered sex offender for a sex crime involving a minor.

After Rittenhouse allegedly shot Rosenbaum he was chased by Anthony Huber, 26. Huber was filmed chasing down Kyle Rittenhouse and hitting him with a skateboard when he was on the ground.

Independent journalist Andy Ngo, perhaps the country’s leading expert on ANTIFA and BLM reported Huber had a criminal history that includes charges of battery and repeat domestic abuse. You can see Rosenbaum and Huber together in this photo – Rosenbaum in the reddish shirt, Huber in the blue hat and hoodie behind him.

Following close behind Huber in one video was Gaige Grosskreutz, 26. You can see video of the chase through this link, which shows both Huber and Grosskreutz getting shot.

Andy Ngo reported Grosskreutz is a member of the People’s Revolution Movement. He was filmed chasing after the teen with a pistol. He was shot at close-range in the upper arm. He also has a criminal record that includes being intoxicated and armed with a gun. Given his felony charges it is likely, although not yet proven, that Grosskreutz was not allowed to own or carry a firearm.

Of course Mr. Rittenhouse was likely unaware of the extensive criminal histories of his opponents in the confrontation, and without prejudging Mr. Rittenhouse’s justification for shooting Rosenbaum, Huber and Grosskreutz it is safe to say that, given their criminal histories, the media narrative that the crowd at the riot was made up of “peaceful protesters” is false.

What’s more, the New York Times did an extensive article “Tracking the Suspect in the Fatal Kenosha Shootings” (behind a paywall) the article suggests some 16 shots were fired, including one fired before Rittenhouse allegedly shot Rosenbaum, but Rittenhouse was known to have fired only 8 rounds – who fired the other 8 and at whom? No one seems to know at this point if that means Rittenhouse was shot at before allegedly shooting Rosenbaum. Here’s a link to the video on Twitter.

A good question to ask at this point, since Rosenbaum, Huber and Grosskreutz were videoed in close proximity to each other would be was Grosskreutz’s gun fired, and at whom if it was?

Another question we had was how did Mr. Rittenhouse get separated from his squad? Pre-riot video shows him with a group cleaning up the high school and later with a group of mature armed men who are exercising good trigger and muzzle discipline, how did he get separated? Was he targeted because of his youth and smaller stature, separated from his squad, and rushed? If he were targeted and rushed that would certainly lead one to the conclusion that he was justifiably in fear for his life.

Much remains to be uncovered in this case, but even at this early stage it shows how right Tucker Carlson was and how close to civil war the law and order vacuum in Democrat cities has brought us.

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