While there is no question laws were broken, First Degree Murder charges against Illinoisian may be hard to prove
As has been told elsewhere, Antioch teenager Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Lake County for allegedly shooting three men at a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest Tuesday night in Kenosha. The protest was in connection to the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha Police which according to Blake’s parents, left Blake paralyzed from waist down.
Rittenhouse is awaiting a court appearance in Lake County tomorrow morning which will include extradition to bring the accused back to Kenosha to face, per media reports, 2 counts of First Degree Murder. The 17 year old Rittenhouse is being charged as an adult.
Starting last night due to potential violence from Rittenhouse’s alleged action in Kenosha, the Antioch village president ordered an 8PM to 7AM curfew.
Those old enough to remember watching the 1974 movie Death Wish in the theaters when Charles Bronson’s Paul Kersey character, after the brutal rape and murder of his wife, and traumatizing to mental shutdown of his daughter muggers inflicted on his family in their New York City home, would shoot and many times kill men who wanted to do him harm, the audience in the theaters would cheer out loud.
Could Rittenhouse, a staunch supporter of law enforcement officers and the Second Amendment, be the next Paul Kersey character, a 1970s type anti-hero, especially in light of the 3 BLM protesters he allegedly shot, and 2 died given their respective criminal backgrounds?
Rittenhouse will plead “not guilty” to the two counts of First Degree Murder. And here are the three BLM protesters Rittenhouse allegedly shot, and all three men were white.
The first man shot:
While Andy Ngo makes it clear Rosenbaum was the first man shot Tuesday night allegedly by Rittenhouse, the sequence of the other two men shot is not clear.
And finally, the 3rd shooting victim who survived:
To be very clear and as mentioned in the subtitle above, laws were clearly broken Tuesday night in Kenosha. Everyone on the streets of Kenosha were violating curfew and had all civilians obeyed that law, no one would have been shot or killed. The law is very clear about taking the law into one’s own hands, either with an AR-15 or with your bare hands.
But First Degree Murder charges against Rittenhouse with supporting video showing he was clearly being attacked by each of his victims and clearly defended himself? First Degree Murder will be hard to prove.
Educated guess, prosecutors will charge him with lesser crimes, including the obvious crimes he’s guilty, like a minor-aged person in possession of an AR-15 weapon and transporting firearm across state lines.
Memories coming of the real life Bernhard Goetz, the “subway vigilante” of the late 1980s for defending himself from four men trying to rob him (at the trial, the defense said they “asked” him for money).