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US Kyle Rittenhouse, 17-year-old charged in Kenosha protest shootings, considered himself militia, social media posts show

16:11  10 october  2020
16:11  10 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Kyle Rittenhouse , the 17 - year - old charged with shooting three people — two of them fatally — during a Kenosha protest Tuesday night, considered himself a militia member trying to protect life and property, according to videos, interviews and social media posts .

Rittenhouse was charged Thursday with six counts — including two homicide charges — in a 17 - year - old charged with homicide after shooting during Kenosha protests , authorities say. Both police and the self -described militia members who were ever-present Tuesday mostly stayed away

MILWAUKEE – Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged with shooting three people — two of them fatally — during a Kenosha, Wisconsin, protest Tuesday evening, thought of himself as a militia member trying to protect life and property, according to videos, interviews and social media posts.

Court records show Rittenhouse faces a first-degree intentional homicide charge in Kenosha County. He was, as of midday Wednesday, jailed in Lake County, Illinois, and has been charged there as a fugitive from justice. He will appear for extradition hearing on Friday. Based on Wisconsin law, Rittenhouse would be charged as an adult.

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Kyle Rittenhouse , a 17 - year - old Illinois resident, appeared on multiple videos taken throughout the night by protesters and bystanders who chronicled Mr. Rittenhouse was arrested early Wednesday in his hometown, Antioch, Ill., which is about 30 minutes southwest of the protests in Kenosha , just

A 17 - year - old was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with the fatal shooting of two Black Lives The arrest comes after multiple videos linked the teen to the shooting in Kenosha where three people in It is not yet confirmed if Rittenhouse attempted to surrender himself after the shooting .

a steam train on a track with smoke coming out of it: Police clash with protesters near the Kenosha County Courthouse, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. © Morry Gash, AP Police clash with protesters near the Kenosha County Courthouse, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis.

Video taken in the hours before the shooting shows Rittenhouse hanging out with older armed men, who tell the reporter they're protecting a car lot. Rittenhouse then introduces himself as Kyle.

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He also did a video interview with the Daily Caller in front of a boarded up building.

"People are getting injured and our job is to protect this business," Rittenhouse says in the clip. "And my job also is to protect people. If someone is hurt, I’m running into harm’s way. That’s why I have my rifle; I’ve gotta protect myself obviously. But I also have my med kit."

Among the armed men in the streets Tuesday was former Kenosha Ald. Kevin Mathewson, who is active in a group known as the Kenosha Guard. Mathewson posted a video selfie of the scene near the Kenosha government center Tuesday night. He did not return a phone message Wednesday.

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Earlier in the day, the Kenosha Guard created a Facebook event called “Armed Citizens to Protect our Lives and Property.” The invite was picked up by the far-right website Infowars.

The Facebook page, which was taken down late Wednesday morning, calls Kenosha Guard a social club. But a post signed “Kenosha Guard Commander,” written to Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis, says this:

“As you know I am the commander of the Kenosha Guard, a local militia. We are mobilizing tonight and have about 3,000 RSVP’s. Our effort has made the national media. I ask that you do NOT have your officers tell us to go home under threat of arrest as you have in the past. We are willing to talk to KPD and open a discussion. It is evident, that no matter how many Officers, deputies and other law enforcement officers that are here, you will still be outnumbered.”

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Kyle Rittenhouse , 17 , has been charged with allegedly killing two protesters in Kenosha this week. Minds are made up about Kyle Rittenhouse , the 17 - year - old gunman charged in the killing of Hundreds, probably thousands, of social media posts describe him as a militia member or a

Kyle rittenhouse to sue biden, campaign for libel, attorney says. Rittenhouse turned himself in to Antioch, Ill., police and was later The charges against Rittenhouse stem from a series of alleged shootings on the night of Aug. 25, when Rittenhouse was in Kenosha with a friend

Reached Wednesday, Miskinis said he didn't know what group Rittenhouse was part of and wouldn’t comment on the circumstances leading up Tuesday night's shootings, saying the investigation was too new.

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Social media posts show Kyle Rittenhouse posing with a long gun and posing in what appears to be a police uniform. Two people were killed and one person was shot and wounded during unrest Tuesday night and Kyle Rittenhouse , 17 , has been charged in connection with the shootings .

Kyle Rittenhouse , a 17 - year - old from Illinois, has been arrested in connection with the shooting of three demonstrators in Kenosha , Wisconsin, that killed two people and injured another. Authorities say Rittenhouse was one of a number of self -proclaimed armed militia members who showed up at

'We appreciate you guys'

In another video clip, Rittenhouse is shown with members of the group shown earlier, getting bottles of water from a law enforcement officer in an armored vehicle. The officer thanks the armed men for their help, though they are clearly civilians in violation of the city's 8 p.m. curfew.

“We appreciate you guys,” the officer says. “We really do.”

Asked about the interaction during a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said, "our deputies would toss water to anybody."

He, too, had been asked to cooperate with the Kenosha militiamen, but declined, Beth said.

"Yesterday I had a person call me and say, 'Why don’t you deputize citizens who have guns to come out and patrol the city of Kenosha?' And I’m like, ‘Oh Hell, no.’ What happened last night is the perfect reason why I wouldn’t," Beth said. "The incident that happened last night where two people lost their lives were part of this group that wanted me to deputize them."

According to his Facebook page, which has since been taken down, Rittenhouse is a strong supporter of police. His page featured pictures of badges with black bands across them, which police wear when a fellow officer is killed. An image of Rittenhouse and another man is framed in a blue circle that contains the words, duty, honor, courage and "Blue lives matter."

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Rittenhouse also was shown in a photo of cadets with the Grayslake, Lindenhurst, Hainesville Public Safety Cadet program. The website for that group, also removed from view Wednesday, said Cadets, who are between the ages of 14 and 20, are schooled in police procedures including traffic stops, crash investigations, firearms, domestic disputes and crime scene investigation.

Armed militias

On Wednesday, before the Kenosha Guard Facebook page was taken down, there was a post suggesting the shootings were not connected to its activity.

"We are unaware if the armed citizen was answering the Kenosha Guard Militia’s call to arms," it said. "Just like with the shooting of Jacob Blake, we need all the facts and evidence to come out before we make a judgment. God Bless and stay safe Kenosha!"

That prompted a flood of replies, many in support of the shooter, suggesting the victims deserved it for allegedly looting and vandalizing or that the shooter acted in self-defense.

But others were critical of the Kenosha Guard, accusing the group of instigating the teenager's involvement, whether or not he was a formal member.

Another militia group, called the boogaloo, also attended all three nights of protests, according to Justin Mishler, a self-proclaimed member who lives Belvidere, Illinois.

About a dozen armed boogaloo members were at the Kenosha protests Sunday, about two dozen Monday and more Tuesday, he said. Their purpose was providing security and protection for businesses, he said.

Mishler said the Kenosha Guard is not affiliated with boogaloo.

"It sounds like a group that's probably a day old or less,” he said, adding that neither he nor fellow boogaloo boys know Rittenhouse.

"He's not one of us," Mishler said of Rittenhouse.

Contributing: Joel Shannon, USA TODAY; Cary Spivak, Elliot Hughes, Jordyn Noenning, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel staff.

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