Celebrities, mainstream media and pro sports players have convicted Kyle Rittenhouse of murder

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KENOSHA, WI – Lawyers representing 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse say that he acted in self-defense, plain and simple.

Multiple videos and eye-witness accounts appear to support that claim. The teen, who lives in Antioch, IL, reportedly works in Kenosha, and was in town helping defend the business where he works after it was allegedly vandalized during the protests there following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police. 

While we believe that the stories of Rittenhouse and Blake are well-known, here are some of the details.

Rittenhouse shot and killed two men and wounded one other after they appeared to try to attack him and take his gun last Tuesday evening. One of the men he shot reportedly had a handgun.

Another kicked Rittenhouse and hit him with a skateboard. The third threw something at Rittenhouse, who was running from the group who was attacking him. Reports say that the object thrown was either a Molotov cocktail or a brick in a plastic bag.

More than one of these men attempted to remove Rittenhouse’s weapon, according to witnesses, reported the New York Post

Those events occurred just two days after Kenosha police shot Jacob Blake. Blake, who had a warrant for his arrest at the time of the shooting, refused to comply with police direction, resisted arrest, shook off being tazed twice, and reached into a car, even though officers say that they told him he would be shot him if he reached into the car.

Based on the first sentence in the above paragraph, you know what he chose to do. Most of the videos released only show Blake being shot. But video has also been released showing him fighting with officers prior to the shooting. 

As a result, NBA teams refused to play.

Major League Baseball teams took the field and then forfeited games in protest.

But far worse, the mainstream media and left-leaning politicians began spinning narratives of a racially motivated police shooting and an officer who pulled the trigger simply because he could and primarily because Blake was black. 

But here is what is missing from all of those false narratives that the media wants you to believe. 

The four men who were shot in Kenosha had something in common. None of them were law-abiding citizens just out minding their own business at the time they were wounded or killed.  

We have detailed the circumstances around Blake’s shooting. He had an active warrant for his arrest stemming from charges of sexual assault and theft. More on that part of the story later. 

But what about the men who turned their aggression on the teenager a few nights later? Here is what we know. 

Joseph Rosenbaum, now deceased, was a registered sex offender, who was non-compliant at the time of his death. 

Ironically, Rosenbaum, who was white, just moments before he was shot was screaming “shoot me, n—-.”

And no one in the mainstream has a problem with that. They are all focusing on a 17-year-old that defended himself.  

And Anthony Huber, the other man killed by Rittenhouse? He was the one who appeared to have been swinging the skateboard at the teenager.  

While he had multiple misdemeanor and felony charges of domestic abuse “dismissed but read in,” he was convicted on two felony charges of of domestic abuse. One was for strangulation and suffocation. The other, for false imprisonment with the use of a dangerous weapon. 

And possibly the most telling of all three pieces to Rittenhouse’s claims of self defense is this guy: Gaige Paul Grosskeutz. 

Grosskeutz was a felon (burglary conviction) in possession of a firearm. 

Here is what he allegedly told a friend while recovering in the hospital. 

“A friend of the man who rushed at the #Kenosha teen with a pistol and was shot in the arm has posted an update about his status. Doctors were able to save Gaige Grosskreutz’s right arm. The friend says Gaige regrets not being able to kill the teen.”

Another post took his comments a step further saying: 

“…his only regret was not killing the kid and hesitating to pull the gun before emptying the entire mag into him. Coward.”

Roght now, Kyle Rittenhouse is being charged with multiple counts of murder/homicide. As such, that is where all of the talking heads are keeping their attention.

If and when those charges are dropped, it will lead them to pivot and start the “we need stricter gun laws” diatribe all over again, when in fact, Rittenhouse is a prime example of why we cannot allow our 2nd Amendment rights to be stripped away.

Oh, by the way, no one that side of the argument is saying a word about the convicted felon in possession of a gun. He doesn’t own it legally. Yet, no one is screaming about that aspect.

Did Rittenhouse fire his weapon in self defense? It looks like it. But, I am not a prosecutor, the judge or a potential jury member, so we have to let this play out in court. 

As will the circumstances surrounding Jacob Blake. 

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KENOSHA, WI – New video has surfaced providing a different angle of the shooting of 29-year-old North Carolina native, Jacob Blake. 

The incident occurred on Sunday evening between Blake and three Kenosha police officers, at approximately 5:00 p.m.  In the video, Blake and the officers can be seen wrestling on the ground near the rear passenger side of his vehicle. 

Blake managed to free himself from their collective grasp, and was then shown walking around the front of his vehicle, toward his driver side door. Police officers followed him, issuing commands with guns drawn, while a gathering crowd of onlookers screamed toward the scene.

Warning, some viewers may find this video disturbing.


Some onlookers could be heard loudly urging others to move away from the scene, ostensibly sensing that weapons would soon be discharged. 

As one woman screamed off camera at her mother to move away from the scene, the first of seven shots was fired at Blake. 

The shots began after he had continued walking in spite of the officers’ commands, opened his driver side door, and reached inside the vehicle.

Three of Blake’s children were in the back seat of the vehicle when the incident unfolded.  They not only witnessed the entire event, but were placed in danger when Blake entered the vehicle contrary to the officers’ issued directives. 

The last directive issued by the officers, prior to the shots fired was:

“Drop the knife!”

This is according to an interview with 22-year-old Raysean White of Kenosha, who took the latest cellphone video.

Police were dispatched to the scene in response to a domestic violence call received minutes earlier.  White witnessed the domestic disturbance moments before Blake and the police arrived. 

He said that he was drawn to his window, where he witnessed a group of women shouting at one another.  Blake soon pulled up in his vehicle, and directed one of his sons standing outside to get in. 

White never saw or heard Blake address the women.

Upon returning to the window, after leaving briefly, White saw the fight between Blake and the officers who had also arrived.  He witnessed a stun gun being used on Blake before he was able to wrestle himself free.  He recorded the remainder of the incident from his window.

Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Sr., reported that his son is currently hospitalized in stable condition, and has undergone surgery.  He is paralyzed from the waist down, and doctors do not yet know if the paralysis is permanent.  His family is optimistic that the condition will only be temporary, as he continues to recover from surgery.

The Kenosha Police Department has officially placed the officers involved on administrative leave, which is standard practice after an officer involved shooting. 

As Kenosha police do not currently wear body cameras, the two cellphone videos appear to be the only documented footage available of the shooting incident.  The officers were wearing microphones, however. 

The audio recordings from these devices may be released shortly, after investigations by the Kenosha Police Department and the Wisconsin State Justice Department are complete.

The Chicago Tribune reported that there is an outstanding warrant for Blake’s arrest, due to a pending criminal case from last month.  In that case, Blake is charged with 3rd degree sexual assault, disorderly conduct, and trespassing in the context of domestic abuse. 

It is not yet known whether Blake’s apprehension is in connection with the arrest warrant, the domestic disturbance call that the officers were on site to respond to, or both.

A small group of people took to the streets of Kenosha later that evening to protest the shooting.  Within a 24 hour window, the first cellphone video of the driver’s side angle had made it’s rounds on social and mainstream media. 

By Monday evening, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers called in the National Guard to respond to violent rioting involving vehicles set ablaze, windows shattered in local businesses, and clashes with riot geared police officers. 

The initial protesting had appeared to escalate into rioting after Governor Evers issued a statement  condemning the shooting and essentially convicted the officer before any type of investigation had even begun, though acknowledging that not all the details are currently known.  

Evers also indicated that he stood with those who “demand justice, equity, and accountability for Black lives in our country,” but failed to indicate that he opposed rioting and looting. 

This led many of his detractors to assume that he encourages it.

The Kenosha Professional Police Association called the statement, “wholly irresponsible and not reflective of the hardworking members of the law enforcement community,” with the circulating cellphone video not fully able to capture the intricacies of the very delicate situation.

While those supporting the police force assess each officer involved shooting based on its own unique set of circumstances, those supporting protests tend to view officer involved shootings cumulatively… protesting police violence against African Americans as a whole. 

The Kenosha PPA recommends that the public wait until investigations are complete and all facts are released, before rushing to judgement.

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