“Honorary” nephew of George Floyd appears to threaten to dox jurors in Rittenhouse case

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KENOSHA, WI – A man who is reportedly the honorary nephew of George Floyd has made what appear to be threatening comments toward the jurors in the Kyle Rittenhouse case.

Rittenhouse is accused of killing two men and wounding a third at a Kenosha riot.  Rittenhouse’s defense team maintains that he acted in self-defense.

In a now-viral video on social media, a man identified as Cortez Rice seems to be threatening to dox jurors if they do not return a guilty verdict.

Rice was very close to George Floyd, so close that BNC News reports that Floyd called Rice his nephew, even though the pair were unrelated by blood.

In the video, Rice appears to claim to know people taking pictures at the Rittenhouse trial, saying:

“We want transparency in these courtrooms, man.

“They did it for the Floyd trial, man, they have court tv up in there, they got court tv up in there in Kenosha.

“They got – I ain’t even gonna name the people that I know that’s up in the Kenosha, I mean, in the Kenosha trial.”

Rice then appears to call for the “same results” as the George Floyd trial – that is, a guilty verdict:

 “But it’s cameras in there. It’s definitely cameras up in there. There’s definitely people taking pictures of the juries and everything like that. We know what’s going on.

“So we need the same results, man.”

At this writing, there appear to be no reports of legal action or investigation into this apparent threat.

Threats and intimidation are evidently nothing new for Rice.

He also recently live-streamed a “visit,” accompanied by a Black Lives Matter group, to what he thought was the Minneapolis home of Judge Regina Chu. Chu will be presiding over the trial of former police officer Kim Potter in a few weeks.

Potter is facing manslaughter charges after fatally shooting Daunte Wright at a traffic stop and attempted arrest in April of 2021. 

According to KFGO, Chu has disallowed cameras in her courtroom for the trial.

In a video posted to social media, Rice is heard to say:

“Tight on her ass.  We on her heels….

“We want cameras in the courtroom.  The people deserve to know what’s going on.”

Moving the camera down a hallway at what he apparently believes is Chu’s residence, he adds:

“I don’t know if this is her crib.  I think this is her crib right here.”

Outside a door, he continues:

“We got confirmation that this is her crib right here.

“Waiting for the gang to get up here.”

KFGO reports that Rice was with 20 other “protesters” who were “yelling” for Chu to allow cameras for the trial.

The news outlet also notes:

“Those protesters also confronted other residents who entered the condo building. 

“There has been much criticism for the way the protesters handled the incident.”

After this episode, Rice reportedly claimed to WCCO:

“I just went there to make sure we were in the right vicinity, that if we were at the right place, that they could hear us.”

In addition, WCCO noted after an interview with Rice:

“He said he wasn’t trying to intimidate Chu or get her to change her mind on any decisions she’s made.

“‘We simply wanted her to hear what we had to say,’ Rice said.”

According to a statement, the Minneapolis police department responded to reports of protesters at the residence, and “MPD is reviewing the circumstances related to this incident.”

Joe Tamburino, a criminal defense lawyer, told WCCO that “Rice’s actions are in somewhat of a grey area.”

He stated that the incident could be viewed as “intimidation,” which is a “felony when the target is a judge.”

Tamburino added:

“If someone is just roaming the hallway [because] they’re lost, they don’t know what’s going on, of course [it’s not intimidation].”

He continued:

“But [Rice] has been active in social media and what he’s saying could be used against him to show his intent as to why he went to the judge’s residence.”

Judge Chu was unable to comment on the event, but according to a court spokesperson, 

“Chief Judge Barnette is in contact with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and he is confident in the security and safety plans that they have in place for the State v. Potter trial.”

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Huh? The FBI “lost” drone footage from Rittenhouse shooting? Why was there a FBI drone there in the first place?

Originally published October 7, 2021

KENOSHA, WI- We’ve reported a couple of times about the FBI’s somewhat “confusing” involvement in two high-profile incidents—the alleged “kidnapping” plot of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the most bogus “insurrection” in world history, the Jan. 6 Capitol siege.

Now, we’re finding out the country’s “pre-eminent” law enforcement agency was likewise present in Kenosha, WI., on the night Kyle Rittenhouse is accused of killing two men and shooting another.

For anyone who has watched the onset of Rittenhouse’s trial this week, we have been treated to what can only be referred to, as RedState notes as a “dumpster fire.” In fact, so bad is the prosecution that they have basically laid out the case for the defense.

To make matters worse for the prosecution, even the judge’s statements have largely seemed to, intentionally or not, favor the defense. For example, the judge ruled the prosecution couldn’t refer to the two men Rittenhouse shot in self-defense as “victims,” and rightly so. Clearly by referring to them as “victims,” that assumes Rittenhouse is guilty of “something.”

During the trial this past week, the prosecution introduced video footage of the scene of the shooting, showing the mayhem of the riot in Kenosha from various angles.

An FBI drone video was introduced which showed an aerial view of the shooting. Wait, the FBI had a drone flying over the riot in Kenosha?

For what purpose? Fourth Amendment anyone? As RedState asks, why did the FBI deploy a drone over the scene in Kenosha? Why for example didn’t the FBI deploy drones over, say Seattle or Portland or any other city which was the scene of daily riots in the post-George Floyd world?

Given what we now know about the Whitmer and Jan. 6 cases, that being that the FBI was deeply involved in both “plots,” is it beyond the realm of possibility that the FBI perhaps had some involvement in stirring the pot in Kenosha?

Why else would they be conducting surveillance in this area? This clearly wasn’t done as a means to prevent what was happening from occurring.

And why were the feds involved in what was clearly a local law enforcement matter? Having the drone flying in that specific area? As numerous media outlets noted at the time, the Kenosha riots weren’t dedicated to the one specific area where Rittenhouse fired the fatal shots.

Does anyone else find it odd that the drone just happened to be directly over the Rittenhouse shooting at the specific time when the shots were fired?

The Kenosha riots were widespread through various parts of the city; how did this one drone happen to be in the area where the incident which once again drummed up national debate over guns happened?

Oh, this wasn’t the only FBI drone flying in the area? Ok, so how many drones did the FBI have flying over Kenosha? There are simply a ton of questions that the presence of either one FBI drone or a dozen FBI drones presents.

For example, did the FBI coordinate with the Kenosha Police Department and the Wisconsin State Police and if so, did they provide video feed from the drones to local and state law enforcement? Were these agencies even aware that the FBI had drones available which would help them respond to crimes on the ground?

What about crimes in progress…were local and state authorities made aware of crimes in progress so they could direct law enforcement assets to those areas? Moreover, were any crimes in Kenosha either stopped or prevented by the FBI drones.

Among other questions that need to be answered is how many people (besides Rittenhouse) were arrested and charged with crimes based on the drone surveillance video? Any?

Obviously given the technology of advanced drones, video obtained from them should be available to charge people who engaged in crimes such as vandalism, arson and so on. Was that done?

The Daily Caller reported that last Tuesday, video footage taken from the FBI drone came to light during the prosecution’s case on day one of the trial. According to Jack Posobiec of Human Events, the FBI had in its possession an HD version of the video, however never told the defense of its existence.

The footage, in grainy black-and-white  was shot from the FBI surveillance drone, and was shown to the jury during the testimony of an FBI agent, Brandon Craimin. Think something is weird about this whole thing? Well it gets much weirder.

In private, the FBI testified that they had another version of the video shot in HD, or high-definition, however this was not supplied to the defense, Human Events reported.

When they were asked for a copy of the tape by the defense, the FBI denied the request and then claimed the video no longer existed.

Prosecutors questioned the FBI agent about the aerial footage, and under cross-examination, the defense asked for the tail number of the FBI drone, which led to an objection by prosecutors. Jurors were dismissed as the judge, Bruce Schroeder asked to sidebar the issue to discuss the aerial footage.

During the sidebar, Rittenhouse’s lead lawyer—Mark Richards—indicated he believed there was additional footage captured by the FBI, which was no longer available, then claimed it was “preposterous” that the FBI allegedly lost the footage.

Then, in an amazing statement, Thomas Binger, the lead prosecutor said in regard to the FBI’s drone footage that “the federal government is not under our control,” to which the judge interrupted, “I beg your pardon?” interrupting Binger.

“I don’t get this,” Schroeder was said to say. “This is a criminal prosecution…if there is going to be cloak and dagger stuff. What’s going on?”

Schroeder later instructed prosecutors to call on a different witness, and said the issue of the drone would be addressed later on.

So here we have a young man, whose life is on the line and we have the FBI actively involved in an apparent coverup of the shooting, conveniently losing clear video footage which could possibly lead to his exoneration.

So there are a ton of questions that need to be answered by someone. The most important one is why was the drone (or drones) present in Kenosha in the first place?

Was the FBI involved in ginning up the crowd, much as what we’ve seen in the Jan. 6 incident or were they somehow involved in the planning of segments of the Kenosha riots?

If there was one drone, how did it happen to be in the exact place at the exact time where the penultimate incident of that riot occurred? What was the purpose of having drones there if they weren’t used to identify and prosecute those who were engaged in the mayhem and destruction?

If there is one thing we have learned over the past five years, the FBI leadership are not good guys. They helped facilitate an attempt to sway the 2016 presidential election, continued trying to undermine a sitting president, helped hatch a “plot” to “kidnap” the governor of Michigan and were up to their elbows in the Jan. 6 “insurrection.”

As usual, more questions than answers.

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