Revealed: Teen arrested and charged with murder in Kenosha – but was it a case of justified self-defense?

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KENOSHA, WI –Riots and chaos have taken grip in Kenosha, Wisconsin after police shot a criminal, Jacob Blake, several times as he was reaching into his vehicle while they were ordering him to stop. 

Every night since the shooting, the town has been reduced to a war zone with buildings and vehicles lit on fire by members of Black Lives Matter and general thugs. 

On the 25th, a teenager from Illinois, Kyle Rittenhouse, had traveled to Kenosha to assist in protecting property, reportedly armed with an AR-15.  At some point, he opened fire, striking three people, killing two.

Police are not revealing much information as to what led up to the shooting and reporting on that particular part of the incident is scarce.  However, thanks to someone who is identified on YouTube as towlie2110 lol, there is a clearer picture and sequence of events.

 

At the beginning, the individual who we all believe to be Rittenhouse is seen running as fast as he can from a man who is chasing him. 

What we do not know is why the man was running after the teenager who had a long gun on him.  However, it appears that Rittenhouse gets to a point that he may have felt threatened and begins to fire upon the man who was chasing him. 

When the man goes down, Rittenhouse is seen backing up and getting on his cell phone. 

In the video, you can hear people in the crowd tell others to get Rittenhouse as they are tending what appears as a deceased man. 

Hearing this, Rittenhouse takes off on foot and tries to escape.  In the next video, Rittenhouse is seen falling down in the middle of the street. 

On video you can hear someone say “get his [expletive],” as a crowd of angry protesters are descended upon the teenager, on his back, with his long gun.

As soon as one of the protesters tries to strike Rittenhouse as another tries to hit him in the head with a skateboard, shots are fired.  One man runs away, the other stumbles, drops the skateboard, and collapses. 

Another protester starts to come and attack Rittenhouse, however, thinks better of it after the shots were fired and stops.  Rittenhouse, with gun pointed at this man, does not fire as the man backs away. 

A second later, the man goes to jump back in at Rittenhouse to strike him, who is still on the ground with no where to go, and Rittenhouse fires, striking him on what appeared to be his right elbow.

The man turns and runs away from Rittenhouse as has the majority of those who were trying to attack him.  Rittenhouse stands up and begins to walk toward several police vehicles as several gunshots, not coming from him, are heard in the background. 

Rittenhouse turns as if to address another lethal threat, sees there is not one there, and surrenders himself to the officers at the scene.  Although no one, at this time, can say what led up to the first person charging after Rittenhouse, the events that happened afterwards could well be later determined to be self-defense. 

The mainstream media have immediately painted this teenager in a bad light, and, have to agree, on initial reports it seemed like that was the case. 

Media reporting are quick to point out that Rittenhouse admired police officers and obviously wanted to be one when he was old enough. 

They brought up his now deleted Facebook Page with thin blue line insignia and how he spoke of the fallen law enforcement officers out of respect. 

They even mentioned his time as a police cadet, and how he had a picture on Facebook while wearing a policy styled uniform.  This is reminiscent of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman incident in 2012. 

Zimmerman was never a police officer, and in fact, flunked out of the police academy when he tried to become one. 

Zimmerman was a Hispanic man and the mainstream media made several false reports that Zimmerman was white and a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black child, really was 17, in Sanford, Florida. 

This complete and utter fabrication by the media caused civil unrest and rioting during the time and still comes up on occasion in the media.

It appears that the mainstream media is attempting to do the same with Rittenhouse. 

Now, it is doubtful that any logical adult would think it wise for a 17-year-old to be armed with a long gun and allowed to be in that situation.  However, someone allowed it, and, by all appearances on video, Rittenhouse was being attacked. 

If that is the case, charges need to be brought up on whoever thought it was a good idea to place a teenager in that position, in the middle of the riot. 

However, if it is also found true that Rittenhouse was being attacked and left no options, perhaps charging him with first-degree murder is not the right decision.

However, the police did obtain an arrest warrant for Rittenhouse for first-degree murder. 

Rittenhouse was arrested by the same agency he was a police cadet for, the Antioch Police Department in Illinois.  Rittenhouse is currently being held in a juvenile detention facility in Illinois.

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Violent Kenosha protesters burn American flag, shout “kill the f-ing police” and “death to America”

KENOSHA, WI – Riots continue to rage in Kenosha in the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting of knife-wielding, wanted criminal Jacob Blake.

Since the shooting Sunday, Kenosha has exploded with violence and destruction, with massive fires, property damage, vicious assaults, and murder.

The riots show no signs of stopping, and, if anything, the violent actors appear to be doubling down, targeting their hate not only against police but against this country as well.

Townhall reporter Julio Rosas was on scene at the Kenosha riots last night and shared video of violent actions and prevailing sentiments on the part of the “protesters.”

In one video depicting people marching, a woman can be seen shrieking:

“Kill the f***ing police!  Kill them back!  Kill them back for taking us!” 

In his next upload, Rosas showed an American flag set afire to a chorus of whoops and cries of “Yeah!”

A woman can be heard screaming:

“Death to America!”

The burning flag can be seen flung over a protective fence around Kenosha County Courthouse while one rioter kicks the fence.

The next video shows rioters kicking, pushing and throwing themselves at the swaying fence.

Rosas’ next upload shows rioters screaming expletives and throwing projectiles at law enforcement stationed behind the fence, protecting the courthouse.

The night took an explosive turn as rioters hurled fireworks at law enforcement.

Even after being driven back by police, the rioters appeared undeterred in their efforts to injure police and National Guard with fireworks.

Confrontations between rioters and armed citizens protecting businesses ensued, with one woman shouting:

“You guys are f***ing Klan!  All they ass is f***ing Klan!”

Circumstances suggest that lessening of the violence isn’t likely any time soon, even though Jacob Blake’s family has requested that demonstrations be non-violent.

Indeed, it appears that those who speak for BLM’s presence in Kenosha may want nothing short of the dismantling of police departments as a response to the riots. 

Karissa Lewis, national field director of Movement for Black Lives, called the Blake shooting:

“Yet another example of why activists have called for defunding police departments.”

Lewis told ABC News:

“There’s no amount of training or reform that can teach a police officer that it’s wrong to shoot a Black man in the back seven times while his children watch.”

Activist Shaun King added in a tweet regarding Kenosha:

“Nah. I’m not going to call for peace. We’ve tried peace. For years. Y’all don’t understand that language.

“We are calling for a complete dismantling of American policing. It’s NOT broken. It was built to work this way. And mayhem is the consequence. You earned it.”

Local officials do not seem to be too keen on supporting the police while waiting for all the facts of the Blake case to be known.

Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said after the shooting:

“While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country.

“We stand with all those who have and continue to demand justice, equity, and accountability for Black lives in our country.”

Evers declined offers for additional law enforcement assistance with the riots, instead asking for additional help for COVID matters.

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes echoed these sentiments, saying:

“And let me be clear, this was not an accident. This wasn’t bad police work. This felt like some sort of vendetta being taken out on a member of our community.”

Barnes added:

“But the irony isn’t lost on me that Jacob Blake was actually trying to de-escalate a situation in his community, but the responding officer didn’t feel the need to do the same.”

Barnes went on to say:

“As I’ve said before, as we’ve all said before, this is familiar violence to too many of us, especially those of us who are on the receiving end, whose communities have been over-policed.

“If we don’t do anything, this will continue. That’s why we have to respond.”

As we previously reported, on a national level, Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden was quick to condemn police but made no similar condemnation of Kenosha’s violent rioters.

Violence. Arson. Explosions. Anarchy.

Death threats to police … and in shouted words reminiscent of foreign terrorists, death threats to America.

With local and national support for law and order lacking, and riots continuing unabated, the future does not look good for Kenosha.

 

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Here is our previous report on some of the heinous violence in Kenosha:

KENOSHA, WI – As Kenosha explodes in anarchy after police shot an armed criminal who had resisted arrest, the violence in the city is hitting levels that can only be described as shocking.

On Monday night, an elderly man was attacked while trying to put the fire out inside his charitable business.

On August 25, a video was uploaded to social media showing the burning area of what was once known as Kenosha, Wisconsin.  This area, like Seattle, Portland, and many others, has been turned into something that looks like a war zone.

The video shows people running, shouting, and breaking windows. It also shows one lone elderly man coming through the smoke carrying a fire extinguisher. The woman who is recording the video says:

“This poor man got his house, business caught on fire.” 

The business she was referring to has been identified as the Danish Brotherhood Lodge, #14. 

Its website describes itself as:

“An organization dedicated to charitable endeavors both locally and nationally. We strive to provide our members a place of belonging, security, and support. … Our organization is dedicated to both growing and developing our membership and providing scholarships for future generations to advance their education. … We encourage the public to join us in our mission to better the community around us!” 

Sounds like a good place to target, right?

The video shows that the woman who is recording obviously feels bad and keeps telling the elderly man:

“I’m sorry sir, I’m sorry sir, I’m very sorry about that man.” 

The elderly man says, “Yeah right,” then she tells him that she had nothing to do with it.

The video shows the elderly man walking with the fire extinguisher and trying to put the flames out. While doing so, someone from the crowd begins throwing and hitting him with bottles. 

With little to defend himself, he turns the fire extinguisher on the assailant, forcing the assailant away from him, then returns to trying to put out the fire.

The video then shows what appears to be people fleeing from inside the charitable organization, perhaps after looting. 

The elderly man is able to chase a couple of them off with the fire extinguisher, then returns to the front of the store. While his back is turned, some cowardly thug runs up and punches him (or strikes him with something) with his left hand. 

The cowardly thug is dressed in a black shirt and black shorts.

The cowardly thug flees as the woman recording keeps yelling “No!” and runs to the elderly man’s aid as he collapses on the ground. People rush to assist him, bleeding from his head, while a crowd starts to form.

The woman who is recording starts yelling that the elderly man did not “deserve any of this.”  She continues:

“This is just wrong guys. Do you not see this? This is wrong. This is what’s gonna happen to every one of you … please guys.”

The woman’s pleas are answered by a member of the crowd of criminal looters and rioters, who says that beating the elderly man is them “trying to protect ourselves.”  The member continues:

“You don’t understand what terrifies these black men out here, they not making it home to their families. Understand, respect, how about that? It’s called respect.”

According to a tweet from @Simulation Warlord, tthe victim was approximately 70 years of age and suffered a black eye and broken jaw from the attack. However, Law Enforcement Today cannot confirm this information.

LET has attempted to call and email the Danish Brotherhood Lodge. So far, there has been no response to our attempts.

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