KENOSHA, WI – The man known as “jump kick man” during the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse was identified by the defense on Thursday as 39-year-old Maurice Freeland of Wisconsin.
The previously unidentified man who jumped kick Kyle #Rittenhouse while he was being attacked in #Kenosha has now been identified as a local resident with a long criminal record that includes domestic violence, car theft & escape. #BLM https://t.co/nFthrqgXr6
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 16, 2021
Freeland, a career criminal and convicted felon with pending charges for domestic violence, appeared in video played at trial appears showing Freeland running at Rittenhouse and kicking him shortly after the teenager shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum.
During his emotional testimony on Wednesday, Rittenhouse admitted he fired at Freeland in self-defense during the chaos but missed. Rittenhouse testified:
“I thought if I were to be knocked out, he would have stomped my face in if I didn’t fire.”
On August 25, 2020, during the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after the police shooting of Jacob Blake, Rittenhouse, then 17-year-old, fatally shot two men and wounded another during three confrontations.
Rittenhouse was armed with a legal AR-15 rifle and traveled from Illinois to Kenosha to help protect a car dealership from being vandalized and provide medical care to any injured, according to his own statements.
Why has this hero, “Jump-kick man”, as the court calls him, who took a running leap and kicked Rittenhouse in the face, never been charged? In this picture you see Anthony Huber running up about to bash the fallen Rittenhouse in the head with his skateboard,after which he is shot pic.twitter.com/8E0bATn7RF
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) November 15, 2021
Rittenhouse was cleared of wrongdoing after a jury trial ended with his acquittal on Friday of all charges, which included two counts of homicide, one count of attempted homicide, two counts of reckless endangerment, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm, and one count of curfew violation.
Speaking to Wisconsin Right Now, Freeland’s soon-to-be ex-wife Melody Price Freeland said that Maurice told her of the incident immediately after it occurred. She quoted him:
“You’re not going to believe what just happened; I almost got shot by a dude.”
Melody said she wanted to speak out because what Maurice did was “wrong,” and people should know the facts:
“He was all proud of it. He was all excited and happy.”
Melody’s adult daughter, Jessica Ramirez, confirmed what her mother said:
“The picture was all over Facebook. He bragged all over Facebook that he was the one who kicked Kyle. It’s definitely him.”
Maurice Freeland Suspected Of Being 'Jump Kick Man' https://t.co/fCoA3gc72k
— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) November 17, 2021
Wisconsin Right Now reported that Melody alleged Maurice, whose nickname is “Reese,” also posted on Facebook prior to the shooting, writing:
“@Team Reese, let’s kill that white boy.”
During the trial, Freeland’s identity remained unknown, with the prosecution and defense referring to him as “Jump Kick Man.” Even the judge used the name, including during jury instructions before deliberations.
— Kristen Barbaresi (@KristenBarbar) November 15, 2021
During trial, the prosecution attempted to portray Freeland and the men who were shot by Rittenhouse as heroes trying to stop an active shooter. However, heroism claims were difficult to sell when the extensive criminal histories of most of the men came to light.
The defense successfully argued that Rittenhouse was caught in a violent event and he fired his weapon in self-defense.
The “jump kick man” was out on bond that night for an alleged assault on his girlfriend on March 23, 2020 that saw him kick her in the ribcage and throw her to the floor. He has been charged with battery domestic abuse, criminal damage to property domestic abuse, and disorderly conduct domestic abuse.
Who is surprised? "'Jump-kick man' who was filmed kicking Kyle Rittenhouse in the head before the teen shot at him is a career criminal with an open domestic violence charge for 'attacking his girlfriend’ "https://t.co/IygSNrIFL0
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 18, 2021
Freeland reportedly has several open criminal cases pending. He has a criminal record in Kenosha County includes 25 charges spanning across more than two decades, featuring acts of criminal violence, destruction of property, possession of controlled substances, traffic offenses, family court violations, as well as escape from custody, according to the Daily Mail.
It remains unclear when the prosecution learned of Freeland’s identity, however Freeland had requested immunity to testify during the trial. The request was denied by Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger.
It is unclear if Freeland will face any charges for his assault on Rittenhouse.
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Witness – with video evidence – testified Rittenhouse tried to ‘de-escalate’ violence on day of shootings
November 14, 2021
KENOSHA, WI – The prosecution took a hit on the last day of testimony in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial when Blogger Frank “Drew” Hernandez took the stand and claimed the defendant tried to “de-escalate the situation” during the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Frank “Drew” Hernandez, a livestreamer who focuses heavily on "Antifa" and rioters, captured video of Kyle Rittenhouse shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum.https://t.co/jgTtNivcvN
— VICE News (@VICENews) November 11, 2021
Rittenhouse has been charged with homicide in the deaths of two men he shot during protests in Kenosha in August 2020: Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber. He also shot and wounded a third man, Gaige Grosskreutz.
In dramatic testimony, some backed up by video evidence taken by Hernandez that night, he testified that Joseph Rosenbaum, who later charged Rittenhouse and was the first-person Rittenhouse shot that evening, became agitated when he saw someone extinguish a dumpster fire that rioters had been trying to use to obstruct the road.
The fire had been extinguished by a volunteer guard, which caused Rosenbaum and others in the mob to confront the group of guards at a gas station.
Rittenhouse’s defense attorney, Corey Chirafisi, asked Hernandez: “Did you see Mr. Rosenbaum do anything that kind of drew your attention?”
“Absolutely. He led the charge into the gas station. He was getting physically aggressive. He appeared to be attempting to start a physical altercation with people in the gas station to the point where he was telling one of the individuals with a rifle, ‘Shoot me, n-word, shoot me’…clearly attempting to start a physical altercation.”
The jury was shown a video clip showing the scene, which corroborated Hernandez’s testimony.
Rosenbaum then tried to set a second fire, which Rittenhouse quickly extinguished while asking “if anyone needs medical,” according to Hernandez.
Hernandez said Rosenbaum then charged at Rittenhouse, who had his back turned. An unrelated gunshot was heard, and Rittenhouse turned to see Rosenbaum charging at him. Rittenhouse then shot Rosenbaum.
Defense Attorney Chirafisi asked Hernandez if Rittenhouse was acting aggressively that night. Hernandez responded:
“In no way, shape, or form. The first time I saw Kyle, he actually deescalated the situation.”
Frank "Drew" Hernandez accused Joseph Rosenbaum, the first man Rittenhouse killed, of being "triggered," and said he was getting physically aggressive.
"The first time I saw Kyle, he de-escalated a situation," he said.https://t.co/m2CjBu7V3G
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 12, 2021
Hernandez traveled the country documenting the Black Lives Matter and Antifa protests and riots that became widespread in 2020, and the prosecution tried to paint him as biased during cross-examination. The prosecutor argued that Hernandez’s use of the word “riots” was bias against the BLM protests.
Judge Bruce Schroeder, who earlier made a controversial ruling that the work “victims” could not be used, warned the prosecutor:
“Uh, excuse me, this is not a political trial.”
Judge interrupting the Rittenhouse prosecution’s cross-examining of Frank “Drew” Hernandez into his political blog’s political slant: “Uh excuse me, this is NOT a political trial.”
Frank “Drew” Hernandez’s political blog’s political slant: pic.twitter.com/Wb0cEf6bby
— Damian H. (@damianh) November 11, 2021
Thursday was the last day of testimony in the trial. Jurors heard from more than 30 witnesses over eight days. The highlight of the trial came with Rittenhouse taking the stand Wednesday to testify in his own defense.
The dramatic and emotional testimony had the courtroom spellbound, according to on-lookers. Several times, Rittenhouse’s testimony was interrupted by heated exchanges between the judge and prosecutor.
The judge scheduled closing arguments for Monday, giving each side two and a half hours. Following that, the jury of eight men and 10 women will be narrowed to 12 by the drawing of names.
"Asked by defense attorney Corey Chirafisi if he had seen Rittenhouse acting aggressively that night, Hernandez replied, “In no way, shape, or form.” “The first time I saw Kyle, he actually deescalated the situation,” Hernandez confirmed. He also said…"https://t.co/s7VwPRCL77
— Infowars Army GFW (@ArmyIWGFW) November 12, 2021
Rittenhouse has pleaded not guilty to six charges, including first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, and first-degree attempted intentional homicide. Judge Schroeder dismissed a curfew violation charge Tuesday for lack of evidence.
Prosecutors told the court Thursday they intend to ask that jurors be allowed to consider lesser charges on some counts.
If convicted of the most serious charge against him, Rittenhouse faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
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