Report: Rittenhouse judge under 24/7 police protection after receiving hundreds of threatening messages

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KENOSHA, WI- According to Fox News, the judge presiding over the Kyle Rittenhouse homicide trial in Wisconsin has been receiving threatening emails, faxes, and other messages. 

The Kenosha County Courthouse received threatening emails, letters, postcards, and faxes accusing Wisconsin Judge Bruce Schroeder of racism and demands for him to resign. Other threats included warnings about Rittenhouse’s safety if he is acquitted by a jury. One message read:

“Enjoy your term, judge, it’s going to be your LAST. If I ever meet you in person, I fully intend to spit directly into your face, regardless the cost. You’re disgusting.”

One email stated:

“Your Honor, I didn’t know that under your black robes of justice you wear a white robe of the klan. There is no way a fair trial can be heard under your supervision. Better yet, resign.”

Many of the emails signed off with users using their full names, including the email that threatened to spit on the judge. Another email claimed to be from Jesus Christ and signed by the initials J.C. The email said:

“Make sure to tell Schroeder what a worthless piece of (expletive) he is. He’ll find out officially when his heart seizes up in a few years and he has to stand before a real judge.”

Schroeder, 75, has attracted a lot of media attention since the trial got underway, including for his efforts to assert control of the court proceedings. Some critics have even accused the judge of exhibiting a bias against the prosecutors in the case. At one point during the trial, after Binger had questioned defendant Rittenhouse about deadly-force laws, Schroeder said:

“Don’t get brazen with me!”

Schroeder noted that there have been “thousands of communications” he and his staff have received throughout the course of the trial. He promised that he would “deal with” the senders, adding:

“I wouldn’t want to be those people.”

One email writer took issue with Schroeder’s directive that the men shot by Rittenhouse not be called “victims” during the trial. Rittenhouse and his defense team do not deny that the defendant pulled the trigger; they are arguing that Rittenhouse did so in self-defense.

The email’s writer, who threatened the lives of the judge’s children and promised “payback,” said:

“So, I can’t call the wounded men victims, says your judge. One day hope his kids become victims to the most heinous homicide known to man so he feels the pain and we will call his kids not victims but (expletive) an descendent if (expletive) family and father figure. Racist (expletive), God will pay you back for your statement.”

Telling defense attorney Corey Chirafisi that motions are emailed to him directly in Kenosha rather than through his clerk, Schroeder said:

“Believe me, I wish fewer people had my email address these days.”

The judge, in addition to his near-constant admonishing of the prosecution, has been condemned for his patriotic “God Bless the USA” ringtone as well as a comment he made about “Asian food” potentially being stuck “on one of those boats from Long Beach Harbor” amid the Biden administration’s supply chain crisis.

As the trial continues on, Schroeder is being guarded by police 24/7. Rittenhouse has pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including two counts of homicide, one count of attempted homicide, and two counts of endangerment with a deadly weapon. 

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. 

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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Billionaire activist Bill Ackman stuns and infuriates followers, calls Rittenhouse a ‘civic-minded patriot’

November 15th, 2021

KENOSHA, WI- On Thursday, November 11th, activist investor Bill Ackman took to social media to defend Kyle Rittenhouse, describing him as a “civic-minded patriot.”

In a social media post on Twitter, he wrote:

“Last night, Neri and I watched several hours of .#Kylerittenhouse direct testimony and cross examination. We came away believing that #Kyle is telling the truth and that he acted in self defense.

We found him to be a civic-minded patriot with a history of helping his community as an EMT and fireman in training, in his removing hate graffiti earlier that day from a local school, and ultimately in volunteering to protect a business during the night of August 25th in Kenosha.”

He went on to explain that his first impressions of Rittenhouse were “materially different from those we had previously formed based on media reports and opinion pieces that we had consumed.” He added:

“I have always been frustrated to read an inaccurate press report about a subject I know well, yet somehow I continue to believe other articles in the same newspaper about subjects I know less well.

Media and political bias are dividing our country and destroying lives. While we have not heart the entire trial, based on our assessment of Kyle on the stand, we believe that he will be found innocent by the jury.”

Ackman continued:

“Often times, communities react negatively and even violently after a jury verdict where they are surprised by the outcome based on what they have previously read in the newspaper, seen on TV or more likely been served on social media.”

He added:

“I encourage you to watch the trial or at a minimum his testimony and cross examination, before you form a view of his guilt or innocence. With respect to my own political bias, I am not a gun owner nor a member of the NRA.

On balance, I support stronger gun regulations and removing loopholes in the sale of guns. Unfortunately, it seems that society’s views of #kyle’s innocence depends more on one’s views about gun control rather than on what actually took place last August.”

Rittenhouse is on trial for murder in Kenosha, Wisconsin amid a Black Lives Matter protest that turned in a full-blow violent riot on August 25th, 2020. He has since taken the stand in his own defense during the ongoing trial. Watch below:

As reported by Breitbart News, it is very rare for defendants to take the stand in their own defense because of the risk that might be led into damaging testimony by the tactics of prosecution attorneys.

After the defense presented other witnesses, Rittenhouse took the stand and said he had done so with advice from his counsel.

The prosecution had rested its case earlier, after laying out the basic elements of the crimes with which Rittenhouse is accused of committing. However, on cross-examination, several prosecution witnesses admitted that Rittenhouse had only fired his rifle after being pursued; Gaige Grosskreutz admitted he had pointed his own gun at Rittenhouse.

In a subsequent post, Ackman wrote:

“Kyle Rittenhouse’s life is at risk. Justice demands a fair trial. Society would benefit greatly if politics did not enter the courtroom and convict innocent people.”

After all of his posting, Ackman tweeted on November 11th:

“Just got a call from the media asking if my Twitter account was hacked. That is, the reporter couldn’t conceive of the idea that I could believe that Kyle is innocent because I am not a right winger. Crazy.”

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. 

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

Do you want to join our private family of first responders and supporters?  Get unprecedented access to some of the most powerful stories that the media refuses to show you.  Proceeds get reinvested into having active, retired and wounded officers, their families and supporters tell more of these stories.  Click to check it out.

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Witness – with video evidence – testified Rittenhouse tried to ‘de-escalate’ violence on day of shootings

November 14th, 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.

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?”

Hernandez responded:

“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.”

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.”

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.

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.

 Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

Do you want to join our private family of first responders and supporters?  Get unprecedented access to some of the most powerful stories that the media refuses to show you.  Proceeds get reinvested into having active, retired and wounded officers, their families and supporters tell more of these stories.  Click to check it out.

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Preparing for anarchy: Chicago PD cancels officers days off due to riot concerns over Rittenhouse verdict

November 10, 2021

 

CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago Police Department is concerned about the potential fall out of a not guilty verdict in the case of Kyle Rittenhouse.

Because of those fears, the police department has decided to cancel days off for their officers so they are available to respond to any riot situations.

According to the Sun Times, First Deputy Police Superintendent Eric Carter announced that beginning on November 12th, all officers who had regularly scheduled days off will be required to work. Carter wrote in a memo:

“All RDO [regular days off] personnel will be attired in the prescribed regulation field uniform of the day, including helmet, baton, and yellow safety vest.”

The reason why should be obvious, if Rittenhouse is found not guilty in a jury trial for murder, there is a reasonable belief that people will object. And when they do, there is a likelihood of at least mass protests and possible riots over the verdict.

Newsweek reported that a spokesman for Chicago Police Department echoed this sentiment when he said:

“To enhance public safety and to address current crime patterns, all full-duty sworn members will have one regular day off canceled this upcoming weekend between November 12, 2021, through November 14th, 2021.”

While the decision to have more officers in place may be the smartest move to safeguard the community, there are some that object to the move…at least because there was no advanced notice given. The Fraternal Order of Police President for the Chicago Police Department, John Catanzara, explained why the move causes issues. He said:

“There was no notice [for cancellation of the days off]. They do not get to just keep saying, ‘We need manpower just in case, you know, a verdict doesn’t go positive’ and, all of a sudden, there’s upheaval.

“That’s not the way this department needs to be [managed]. But that’s what happens when you put a hack in charge of doing the mayor’s bidding in the second spot. And you all know who I’m talking about. It just doesn’t stop with this guy. He is such a pathetic leader. I don’t even know how he looks himself in the mirror.”

While the Chicago Police Department never mentions the Rittenhouse trial as the cause for the canceled days off, the timing of the order coincides with it. Rittenhouse is on trial for the homicide of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber as well as shooting Jacob Blake.

While the prosecution alleges that Rittenhouse’s actions were that of a criminal and homicide, his defense attorney alleges Rittenhouse’s actions were in self-defense.

Rittenhouse is testifying in his defense regarding the incident. Whether his emotional testimony regarding his actions that night will sway the jury remains to be seen.

This is the second time in a couple of weeks that the Chicago Police Department has canceled days off. In October, they canceled days off from October 20th through November 1st, and again from November 3rd through November 4th. The reason then was concern about the community being upset over election results.

These days off were canceled at the order of the Chicago Police Department Superintendent, David Brown. In a memo, he stated:

“We continue to closely monitor events around the city and country to ensure we are as prepared as possible to maintain the safety of our city and our residents.”

In addition to the added stress of canceled days off in preparation for the possibility of civil unrest twice, they have also been notified that the pay increases they have been waiting on for four years will not come sometime after Christmas.

 

 

 

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