Kyle Rittenhouse attorney releases video to bolster self-defense claim

by Peter Heck · Sep 24th, 2020 9:11 am
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Last Updated Sep 26th, 2020 at 11:45 am

The organization #FightBackFoundation has published a comprehensive video that details the events that led up to and through the 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse shooting two rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Entitled "Kyle Rittenhouse – The Truth in 11 Minutes," the video shows the young man's activities that night, including cleaning graffiti, tending to hurt protesters, being pursued by a mob, getting pinned between cars amid gunfire, being assaulted by the first man he killed, and having a handgun drawn on him by a second one he injured.

In one scene, Rittenhouse is seen yelling to protesters, "I have a medic kit, if you are injured come to me!" Later, Rittenhouse is identified by the mob as someone who is there to protect the businesses being looted.

"Upon the sound of a gunshot behind him, Kyle turned and was immediately faced with an attacker lunging towards him and reaching for his rifle," said Pierce Bainbridge, the law firm defending Rittenhouse. "He reacted instantaneously and justifiably with his weapon to protect himself, firing and striking the attacker."

The video points out that none of Rittenhouse's attackers were indicted on a single charge, while the 17-year-old faces life in prison.

"A 17-year-old child should not have to take up arms in America to protect life and property," Pierce Bainbridge said. "That is the job of state and local governments. However, those governments have failed, and law-abiding citizens have no choice but to protect their own communities as their forefathers did at Lexington and Concord in 1775."

Rittenhouse is facing six charges related to the incident, including two counts of murder, and is being held with a $2 million bail.


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