Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse's lawyers have announced that they will set up a legal protection fund for the youth who will face multiple charges on Tuesday for the murder of two demonstrators.
Kenosha County Prosecutor's Office On Thursday, the 17-year-old from Illinois was formally charged with the fatal shooting of two men and the wounding of a third man during a night of Jacob Blake's demonstrations in the city.
The charges include a count of first degree premeditated murder; a count of reckless first degree murder; a count of attempted first degree murder; two cases of reckless first-degree endangerment.
Rittenhouse would be sentenced to life imprisonment if convicted of willful first degree murder, the most serious crime in Wisconsin.
After extradited to Wisconsin, he was assigned to an Illinois public defense attorney for a Friday hearing, where anyone 17 years or older is treated as an adult in the criminal justice system.
Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was charged with first degree murder after two protesters were shot dead in Kenosha on Tuesday. Social media photos show that the teen had a strong admiration for law enforcement and guns
Attorney Lin Wood said the Fight Back Foundation will raise funds to help defend Kyle Rittenhouse
Defense attorney Lin Wood on Thursday thanked all "freedom-loving Americans" for their support for Rittenhouse and announced that they would accept donations through a foundation for his struggle for "justice".
“We've connected with Kyle's family and help is on the way. Kyle will have excellent legal representation. We owe him legal defense, ”Wood said on Twitter.
“Many others will need your help in the days to come. Be strong. Keep speaking the truth. Keep asking for justice according to our constitution. Keep being fearless. & # 39;
Wood said the Fight Back Foundation, Inc will be accepting donations online within the next six to 12 hours.
Viral cell phone material from Tuesday night's protests revealed that Rittenhouse was chased into a used car property by someone before gunfire could be heard and the person was dead.
The gunman then runs down the street where he is followed by several people who shout that he just shot someone. He trips after being approached by several other people and fires, killing another man and injuring a third.
The two men who were killed were identified as Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, from Kenosha and Anthony Huber, 26) from Silver Lake, about 15 miles west of town.
The wounded person Gaige Grosskreutz (26) from West Allis, about 30 miles northwest of Kenosha, should survive, the police said.
The two men killed were Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, from Kenosha and Anthony Huber, 26, from Silver Lake, about 15 miles west of town. The wounded person Gaige Grosskreutz (26) from West Allis, about 30 miles northwest of Kenosha, should survive, the police said.
Cell phone video of the scene in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Tuesday night showed the teenager brandishing a semi-automatic rifle in a confrontation with protesters after shooting a man in the head moments earlier. Protesters chased the shooter down the street before someone kicked him to the ground
The teen's arrest came hours after video footage surfaced of Rittenhouse walking to the police with his hands up and his semi-automatic rifle thrown over his body moments after the shooting. He was apparently allowed to walk past, even though members of the crowd yelled to be arrested
Wood has claimed the teenager was defending himself.
"In my view, it is important that other Americans who have been attacked understand that legal resources are available in the event that false charges are brought against them," he said.
"Americans should never be deterred from exercising their right to self-defense."
Kenosha Police had questions about their interactions with the shooter Tuesday night.
According to testimony and video footage, police apparently let the shooter pass them and left the scene with rifles slung over their shoulders and hands in the air as members of the crowd yelled that he should be arrested for shooting people.
How the shooter escaped, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth described a chaotic, stressful scene with heavy radio traffic and people screaming, singing and running – conditions he said could lead to "tunnel vision." " being able to lead .
The video, recorded before the shooting, shows police throwing water into bottles from an armored vehicle and thanking civilians armed with long guns on the streets. One of them seems to be the Sagittarius.
“We appreciate your here,” one officer said to the group over a loudspeaker.
The sheriff later defended the officers by saying, "Our MPs would throw water on anyone."
The national and state chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday called for the resignation of Beth and Kenosha Police Chief Dan Miskinis over their handling of Blake's death and subsequent protests.
Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, about 15 miles from Kenosha, was taken into custody in Illinois on Wednesday.
DISCOVERED: Police-loving Kenosha shooter launched a Facebook fundraiser for a charity called "Humanizing the Badge" for his 16th birthday. However, the organization insists that it has no direct connection with the teen
The teenage gunman, who was accused of fatally shooting two protesters in Kenosha on Tuesday, started a Facebook fundraiser for a police charity on his 16th birthday.
Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, launched a campaign for Humanizing the Badge, a nonprofit law enforcement organization, in December 2018.
The teenager asked friends to donate to the charity. He said he wanted to "build stronger relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve".
The appeal was launched via Facebook's popular fundraiser, which allows users to raise money for a charity of their choice on their birthday instead of gifts.
Much of Rittenhouse's Facebook is devoted to praising law enforcement, with references to Blue Lives Matter – the movement that the police force supports. Previously, according to social media, he also took part in a youth public safety cadet program (right)
Humanizing the Badge released a long statement Thursday addressing the gunman's links to the group
Users can choose from a list of 750,000 nonprofits and set a goal for the amount of money they want to raise.
The post is one of several social media posts that emerged after Rittenhouse's arrest and that reveal his admiration for law enforcement and police.
The teenager was formally charged with willful murder and other first degree crimes on Thursday for killing two protesters and injuring a third while "defending" Kenosha during a demonstration on Tuesday.
Humanizing the Badge appeared to be trying to distance itself from Rittenhouse and the shootings, as announced on Facebook on Thursday.
The charity said the fundraiser didn't necessarily mean Rittenhouse had a direct connection to the group, adding that "anyone" on their side could create a campaign for nonprofits.
"Our Board of Directors believes that it is important to make this statement public, not in support or condemnation of anyone involved in the kenosha situation, but specifically to reflect Kyle Rittenhouse's implicit involvement in humanizing tackle the badge organization. " said the organization.
"There are two pertinent facts to what has been reported: 1) It is a misrepresentation of the Facebook fundraising process to claim that Rittenhouse ran a fundraiser to humanize the badge, which has made some people feel like some has direct. " Belonging to our organization because he doesn't.
Police-possessed shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, charged with the murder of two BLM protesters during the Kenosha riot, was sitting at a Trump MAGA rally at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in January this year the first row
A TikTok account, believed to be owned by Rittenhouse, shows that it took part in a Trump rally in January of this year. The account has since been blocked
"And 2) we have checked January 1, 2020 records and found no evidence that Kyle Rittenhouse raised money donated to humanize the badge."
The organization said it intends to uphold everyone's right to due process and "not express opinions and assumptions as facts".
“We have continued the investigation and the judicial system has done its difficult job. What ultimately comes out of this case remains to be seen, ”the statement said.
When news of Rittenhouse's arrest became known on Wednesday, Facebook removed the alleged gunman's account and blocked searches under his name.
Much of the teen's Facebook page was devoted to praising law enforcement, with references to Blue Lives Matter, a movement that the police force supports.
He was also seen in several photos with an assault rifle.
In a photo of his mother, he wears what appears to be a blue police uniform and a brimmed hat worn by state troops.
In January of that year, Rittenhouse also sat in the front row at a Trump rally at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in January of that year.
A now-deleted TikTok account that is believed to belong to the teen also shows a video he recorded at the event.
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