Immediate backlash arose in the streets as a result of the Jacob Blake shooting. Insurrection, rioting and looting ensued as citizens filled the streets and refused to adhere to curfew. One citizen attended the riots with the intention to protect businesses and offer medical attention. 17 year old Kyle Rittenhouse assured this with his AR-15 type weapon and an orange medical kit.This Twitter thread provides excellent evidence and descriptive viewpoints of what occurred that evening.
Rittenhouse ended up killing two people that night and he is currently being held in contempt for murder. His motion to suspend his hearing was accepted so that he could appoint a private attorney for the matter. His attorney Lin Wood also represented Nicholas Sandmann (MAGA Hat versus Native American standoff in nation’s capital) Rittenhouse will also be represented by John Pierce and the two are raising money for his case through their #FightBack Foundation. GiveSendGo, a Christian website has also raised upwards of $584,000 for Rittenhouse. Wisconsin allows gun owners to openly carry in public, but a person under 18 can’t legally possess or carry a firearm unless that person is hunting or target practicing with an adult or in the military.
The Wisconsin Senate met on August 31st after Gov. Tony Evers “called the special session to consider nine bills he backs that make a number of changes to police practice, including banning chokeholds.” (Chi Sun)
All in all, Rittenhouse defended himself against attackers and discharged his weapon not 100 yards from a platoon of squad cars. As he continued to walk toward the flashing lights with his hands risen, his white privilege beamed mightily off of the car’s reflection. He continued to walk right past the cops, arms in the air & AR strapped over his shoulder. No stoppage, questioning, or apprehension.
With the best lawyers money can buy, this man will receive his freedom almost undoubtedly.
“With liberty and justice for all… who can afford it” (Jello Biafra)