KENOSHA, WI, November 19, 2021 – Today, Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, was found not guilty on all charges. Rittenhouse was facing charges of first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety after he fatally shot two people and injured a third person during civil unrest in Kenosha, WI on Aug. 25, 2020.
Rittenhouse testified he fired an AR-15 style rifle in self-defense, killing two men and wounding a third, after coming under attack during a night of rioting over the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha last summer. On August 23, a White police officer shot Jacob Blake, who is Black, in the back seven times, leaving Blake paralyzed from the waist down.
Joseph Rosenbaum, a 36-year-old resident of Kenosha, was the first man fatally shot by Rittenhouse on the evening of Aug. 25, 2020. Rosenbaum was chasing Rittenhouse before the teenager fired four shots at close range, fatally striking Rosenbaum.
In December 2002, Rosenbaum was sentenced to a decade in prison on child molestation charges. He spent just over 14 years in prison and committed dozens of disciplinary infractions according to Arizona state records.
Rittenhouse then fatally shot 26-year-old Anthony Huber in the chest after Huber hit him with a skateboard. Wisconsin court documents show that Huber was convicted of domestic abuse and disorderly conduct in 2018. He also served time in prison in 2012 for choking his brother.
A third man, 28-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz, was shot once in the arm after approaching Rittenhouse with a handgun. Grosskreutz testified at trial that he pointed his handgun at Rittenhouse before being shot.
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