As tomorrow’s Lake County court appearance looms and first of many civil lawsuits filed, Fightback Foundation releases detailed video of Kenosha
Tomorrow (9/25) at 9AM in Lake County Court, Kyle Rittenhouse’s next court appearance is scheduled where the arguments for extradition of the Antioch resident will be heard. Rittenhouse’s case can be tracked under case # 20MR00000513 at the Lake County Circuit Court clerk’s website
In Illinois, Rittenhouse is being held at the Lake County Juvenile Center in Vernon Hills under charge of Fugitive from Justice, but has been charged by the Kenosha County prosecutor with multiple charges.
The Fightback Foundation is collecting funds to pay for Rittenhouse’s defense, and issued a very detailed video collection from Kenosha on the night of August 25.
It’s worth viewing in its entirety and is a little over 11 minutes in length and has enhanced the initial response from Rittenhouse’s attorney, published on McHenry County Blog on August 31:
This past week, the first of what will likely be many civil lawsuits stemming from Kenosha the night of August 25 was filed on Tuesday in federal court. While the main defendant and the target is Facebook, Kyle Rittenhouse was named a co-defendant.
Lin Wood of the Fightback Foundation and one of many attorneys involved with Rittenhouse’s defense issued the following statement in response of the federal lawsuit:
“As to Kyle Rittenhouse, this lawsuit is errant nonsense but may provide a golden opportunity for obtaining documents and sworn testimony from Facebook to bolster Kyle’s future defamation case against Facebook for falsely accusing him of mass murder.
“Thus, I view the lawsuit as a blessing in disguise.”Lin Wood, in statement to ABC News 9/23/20
COMMENTARY: While the Rittenhouse video speaks for itself and the legal protocols must go forward at their own speed, one cannot look at the inflammatory statements 14th district Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, who not only represents most of McHenry County but also Kyle Rittenhouse himself in Congress, that has added, not diffused the tensions concerning the events of the night of August 25.
From Underwood’s own statement she issued on August 27:
“That a 17-year-old from our community would have an assault weapon, travel to Kenosha, and allegedly commit grave violence toward protesters is an unspeakably horrific symptom of the toxic hate and division that permeate our country right now. This instance is painfully close to home, and it is not reflective of the values we hold dear in northern Illinois: that weapons of war, racism, and hate have no place in our communities, and we should never seek to solve problems through violence.
“We must have a complete and transparent investigation into Tuesday night’s events and justice must be served. In the meantime, I hold Jacob Blake and the victims of last night’s shooting in my heart and I am as committed as ever before to working to heal our divided country, prevent gun violence, and push the Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.”Lauren Underwood, 8/27/20, with emphasis added
While on August 27th, it was still unclear where Rittenhouse obtained his weapon or that he was already in Kenosha working and doing volunteer community work, Underwood’s compassion was not extended to ALL of the victims of the violence in Kenosha, the businesses that were set on fire by extremist elements, or the fact NO ONE should have been on the streets of Kenosha after the 8PM curfew.
To date, Underwood has not condemned the violence at the same level Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have, that anyone committing violence/looting should be prosecuted. Her statement last month was half-hearted saying people should never seek to resolve problems through violence, but stops short at saying the violence must stop and anyone, regardless of their political beliefs, involved with rioting, looting, destruction of property or any other violence should be prosecuted like Biden and Pelosi did.
And then she brings up the partisan H.R. 7120, the Justice in Policing Act, which passed on a partisan vote back on June 25 in the House with 3 Republicans voting with Democrats, and Underwood has the audacity to call the legislation “bipartisan”. McHenry County Blog article, including how Senate Democrats filibustered the common sense legislation of Senator Tim Scott (R, SC) can be found here.
But last Thursday at House Homeland Security Committee, she expanded her narrative to pursue “white supremacists” and “militias” while not targeting extremist elements of Black Lives Matter or ANTIFA. McHenry County Blog wrote about Underwood at last week’s congressional committee meeting here.
Contrast Underwood’s initial statement on August 27 with Republican challenger Jim Oberweis on the same day:
“I am deeply saddened by the violence we are seeing not just in Kenosha but in Chicago, Seattle, Portland, and other communities across the country.
“We should look at ways to improve and reform police policies and procedures and make sure we are doing everything possible as a society to ensure the safety and dignity of our citizens.
“I stand ready to be a part of positive solutions as a member of Congress, but the violence, rioting and looting we are seeing is hurting not helping these efforts.
“What we are seeing in Kenosha is people who do not even live there coming into that community for the express purpose of destroying property and hurting people.
“The answer to the issues in Kenosha is not more violence
“State and local officials need to stop allowing their partisan hatred to excuse their inaction and indecision and formally accept the federal aid that has been offered.
“The longer the violence is allowed to continue unchecked – the greater likelihood there is of more situations such as the one involving the teenager from Antioch.
“The teen from Antioch should have never been in Kenosha in the first place.
“His recklessness has led directly to the deaths of two people.
“It is time for the leaders in Kenosha and in the Wisconsin state government to get control of the streets and end the violence.
“They are the adults in this situation, and they should start acting like it.”Jim Oberweis statement, 8/27/20.
Oberweis clearly includes all, including Kyle Rittenhouse, as part of the violence, and the “partisan hatred”, while directed at state and local officials, could easily be cast at Underwood and Democrats in Congress who would not work with Republicans to pass meaningful police reforms.
And since his statement, Oberweis has consistently spoken out against violence, including vigilantism at forums and interviews with newspaper editorial boards.
With Friday morning’s court appearance for Rittenhouse, voters all over must choose at the local level, including members of Congress, who will represent the entire district or state, and solve the problem, not score partisan political points.
And last night in Louisville, two police officers were shot because of more violence at an event that was in no way a “peaceful protest’.