Kyle Rittenhouse Released From Jail After Posting $2 Million Bail

Clay Curtis
November 21, 2020

An Illinois teenager who is charged with shooting three people, including two fatally, during a Wisconsin protest over police brutality said he used pandemic relief funds to pay for the assault-style rifle that a friend purchased for him.

Rittenhouse is facing charges of first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a risky weapon by a person under 18.

They reveal what Rittenhouse told them happened that night in august.

Rittenhouse, 17, is accused in connection with the events at a demonstration following the fatal shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer days earlier. The next day, he said, he went into downtown Kenosha to help clean up businesses that had been burned and damaged and clean graffiti from a vandalized school.

"No, I don't regret it", he said. His attorneys say Rittenhouse was acting in self-defense. His sister told the Post he supported peaceful protests, but called rioters "monsters".

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Pictures of Rittenhouse that night show him with his AR-15 slung over his shoulder and a medic's bag on his hip. "I feel like I had to protect myself".

"I got my $1,200 from the coronavirus IL unemployment because I was on furlough from YMCA, and I got my first unemployment check, so I was like, 'Oh, I'll use this to buy it, '" Rittenhouse said. "And I got my first unemployment check, so I was like, 'Oh, I'll use this to buy it'".

Gun-rights and armed-self-defence advocates have turned Kyle Rittenhouse, charged with intentional homicide in the shooting deaths of two protesters in Kenosha, Wis., into their latest poster boy and are raising money for his defence.

The teenager was freed after his attorneys posted the bond for murder and other charges stemming from the August 25 shootings. Although he is legally a minor, Law&Crime is naming Rittenhouse because he is being charged as an adult. He didn't address the charges in his interview, but his mother told the Post her son should be at home, not behind bars. His lawyers said he acted in self-defense and will be acquitted.

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