- The 17-year-old Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooter has been bailed out of jail.
- Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested days after shooting three protesters.
- The teenager paid an adult friend to buy an AR-15-style rifle with stimulus money and then used it in what he claimed was an attempt to protect businesses during civil unrest.
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Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooter accused of killing two people during a protest in August, made bail on Friday, according to his attorney.
The teen is no longer being held in custody, attorney Lin Wood said in a series of tweets.
KYLE RITTENHOUSE IS OUT OF JAIL.
God bless ALL who donated to help #FightBack raise required $2M cash bail.
Special thanks to Actor Ricky Schroder @rickyshroder1 & Mike Lindell @realMikeLindell for putting us over the top.
Kyle is SAFE.
Thanks to ALL who helped this boy.
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) November 20, 2020
On August 25, Rittenhouse, a Trump supporter from Illinois who had crossed state lines to get to Kenosha demonstrations over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, opened fire on protestors. He had been armed with an AR-15-style rifle and fired at people at close range, police said, killing two and injuring one.
Wood tweeted that donors raised over $US2 million to pay for Rittenhouse’s bail and legal fees. Wood specifically shouted out actor Ricky Schroder and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, asking people to follow them on Twitter. Lindell is a staunch ally to President Donald Trump and has in recent months become known for pushing baseless or unproven claims.
“Just off phone with Kyle. With tears in my eyes, I listened as he expressed thanks to The People for your prayers, donations & support,” Wood tweeted, along with a picture of Rittenhouse smiling. “He prayed every day & night & said God lifted him up every time he fell. Kyle is a hero. So are his supporters. Keep him in your prayers.”
Rittenhouse, who has become a symbol for some on the right, faces five felony charges stemming from the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and the injury of Gaige Grosskreutz.
Rittenhouse’s next court hearing is scheduled for December 3. He has been charged with homicide and reckless endangerment, among other charges.
BREAKING: Kyle Rittenhouse’s bond has been posted. $2 million. He is officially out custody, and ultimately, out of the Kenosha County Jail. pic.twitter.com/FDzt7Zt0pY
— Tony Atkins (@TonyAtkinsTV) November 20, 2020
Rittenhouse’s lawyers did not respond to Insider’s request for further information.
The 17-year-old has become a politically divisive figure. Some view him as a killer who went out of his way to cross state lines and arm himself with a gun, looking for a chance to use it on protesters. Others, primarily those on the right, hail him as a hero who set out to protect people’s property from looters.
His actions that night were widely documented on cell phone video and shared online.
Through the disturbing footage, and interviews with witnesses, investigators learned that Rittenhouse opened fire on Rosenbaum after he approached him and threw a plastic bag, according to the criminal complaint. One witness â€” Richard McGinnis, a writer for conservative outlet The Daily Caller â€” told investigators that Rosenbaum, who was unarmed, appeared to be attempting to get the gun from Rittenhouse when he was shot.
When people started chasing the teenager, who had already shot one protester, he fired again, shooting Huber in the chest, according to the complaint.
Grosskreutz, who appeared to be holding a handgun, was shot in the arm, the complaint said.
Rittenhouse was arrested in Illinois and then extradited to Wisconsin, where he was held at the county jail.
Within a week of Rittenhouse’s arrest, supporters had raised more than $US300,000 toward his legal defence fund.
That fund on the Christian fundraising site givesandgo.com has now exceeded $US575,000.
At his bail hearing, Huber’s father John told a judge that he didn’t think the $US2 million went far enough and worried that his fans would make it easy for him to flee prosecution.
“He has people out there who will help him, organisations of militia members who are raising money for him right now. They will harbour him,” Huber said. “Kyle Rittenhouse thinks he’s above the law. He’s been treated as such by law enforcement, and so he believes he’s justified in this case. For him to run wouldn’t surprise me.”
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