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Title: Police video reveals Kyle Rittenhouse and his mother fixated on social-media impact on day he was arrested over Kenosha, Wis., killings
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URL Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crim ... gs/ar-BB1d7COR?ocid=uxbndlbing
Published: Jan 27, 2021
Author: Associated Press
Post Date: 2021-02-01 19:44:45 by BTP Holdings
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Police video reveals Kyle Rittenhouse and his mother fixated on social-media impact on day he was arrested over Kenosha, Wis., killings

Associated Press | January 27, 2021

Police video reveals Kyle Rittenhouse and his mother fixated on social-media impact on day he was arrested over Kenosha, Wis., killings

a young boy looking at the camera© Antioch Police Department/Chicago Tribune via AP
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An Illinois teen accused of killing two people during unrest in Wisconsin and the teen’s mom were fixated on social-media comments about them in the hours after his August arrest, newly released police video shows.

Police in Antioch, Ill., on Monday released four hours of video taken after Kyle Rittenhouse turned himself in hours after the Aug. 25 protest in Kenosha, the Chicago Tribune reported. The protest was part of a series of chaotic demonstrations that ensued after a white Kenosha officer shot Jacob Blake, who is Black, in the back seven times during a domestic dispute. Rittenhouse is white.

See: Wisconsin police officer who shot Jacob Blake in the back won’t be charged

Prosecutors say Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, opened fire during the protest, killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz. Rittenhouse faces multiple charges, including intentional homicide. He has argued he was protecting businesses and fired in self-defense. Conservatives have rallied around him, generating enough money to make his $2 million cash bail.

See: Teen charged in Kenosha, Wis., shooting deaths posts $2 million bail

Cellphone video shows Rittenhouse walking past police in the moments after the shootings, his rifle slung over his shoulder and his hands in the air. Officers let him go, and he turned himself in to police in his hometown of Antioch the next day.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the police video shows Rittenhouse sobbing and hyperventilating. Investigators reminded him of his right to remain silent. Rittenhouse, who once participated in programs for aspiring officers, replied, “I know Miranda,” and said he wanted a lawyer.

Police left him in the interrogation room with his mother, Wendy Rittenhouse, who spent the next several hours scrolling through her phone. At one point she put her head in her hands and lamented about people posting derogatory remarks about both of them on Facebook

His mother told him he needed to deactivate his social-media accounts. “I have to get rid of social media?” he asked.

“Yep … ’cause they’re going to harass you if they can find you anywhere,” she said.

Rittenhouse said he couldn’t give her access to some accounts because the passwords were stored in his phone, which police had taken. He later asked an officer if detectives could delete his accounts. The officer said he would look into it.

In the audible portions of the video, Rittenhouse didn’t ask about the men he shot. He also didn’t appear to understand the seriousness of the situation, asking an officer if he could go home and if he could get counseling to help him cope.

“I don’t want to be one of those people that lives with PTSD the rest of their life,” he said.

Last week, a judge ordered ordered Rittenhouse to have no contact with known white supremacists after he was seen drinking in a bar in Mount Pleasant, Wis., and posing for a photo with two men who made hand gestures used by white supremacists. Prosecutors also alleged men at the tavern serenaded Rittenhouse with the anthem of the Proud Boys, a neofascist group.

The legal drinking age in Wisconsin is 21, but Rittenhouse could legally drink alcohol because he was with his mother.

Rittenhouse, who fought extradition from Illinois (his home is near the state line and about 20 miles from Kenosha), is due back in court in Kenosha on March 10.


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Gaige Grosskreutz posted on social media, "I should have killed that little SOB." Grosskreutz was armed with a pistol at that time.

One of the two that Rittennhouse killed hit him in the head with his skateboard. He could just as easily got on the skateboard to ridden away from the scene, but he did not.

Kyle must have been in fear of losing his life and did well to keep his cool.

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#1. To: BTP Holdings (#0)

I see nothing nefarious about the family being concerned about social media as the article seems to imply. Public perception of Kyle has a big impact on his legal prospects.

Pinguinite  posted on  2021-02-01   20:30:24 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


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Public perception of Kyle has a big impact on his legal prospects.

It does. Plus they have charged the man who was supposed to have custody of the rifle with allowing Kyle to take it from the premises. :-/

BTP Holdings  posted on  2021-02-01   20:35:49 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: BTP Holdings (#2)

Plus they have charged the man who was supposed to have custody of the rifle with allowing Kyle to take it from the premises.

No, I think he's instead been charged with conducting a straw purchase.

As I understand it, Kyle gave him money to buy the rifle, and he did. But instead of giving him the rifle outright, which would openly constitute a straw purchase, the guy kept possession of it until Kyle turned 18 after which it would have been presumably legally xferred, and loaned it to Kyle on special occasion after which is was returned.

It's questionable whether it really constitutes a "straw purchase" as the rifle was primarily retained by the friend. But I think that guy was naive in talking to police and telling them all that. He should have kept his trap shut. He didn't need to mention the rifle was purchased with Kyle's money. Had he not told them that, I think he'd not have been charged, at least with a straw purchase. As is, he may be okay as the rifle was never permanently turned over to Kyle, but only loaned on occasion.

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