Out On Bail, Kyle Rittenhouse Flashed White Power Signs At A Bar




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The prosecutors in Wisconsin have asked a judge to order Kyle Rittenhouse who is charged with killing two people and wounding a third in a violent protest over a police shooting, to stay out of bars and also away from the white supremacist groups.

The request has come a week after the Illinois 18-year-old was spotted drinking at a bar in the southwestern Wisconsin city of Mount Pleasant about 25 miles south of Milwaukee, after he had pleaded not guilty to homicide and other charges that resulted from the shooting August 25 in Kenosha.

The city saw several nights of chaotic protests after a white Kenosha police officer shot Jacob Blake, who is Black, in the back seven times, partially leaving him paralyzed.

Rittenhouse, who is White, is free on a $2 million bond.

According to the prosecutors, after his January 5 arraignment, Rittenhouse, his mother, and several other adults went to Pudgy’s Pub where he was spotted drinking beer. Although the age of drinking qualifies as 21, Rittenhouse could legally drink alcohol in Wisconsin because he was along with his mother.

Moreover, the prosecutor’s motion has stated that Rittenhouse posed outside the bar for a photo with two other men as they all gestured an OK sign with his hand, which has now become a symbol used by the White supremacists.

The motion has also said that five men at the tavern serenaded Rittenhouse with the song Proud of Your Boy, which has now become the anthem of the Proud Boys, a white supremacist group whose members have been thereby identified as being involved in the attack o the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

The motion read that the defendants continued to associate with the members of a group that takes pride in itself for violence, and the use of their symbols, which raises the significant possibility of future harm. Furthermore, this association may serve to intimidate potential witnesses.

However, a hearing on the prosecutor’s request has not yet been scheduled.

Additionally, Richards has said, Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois was acting in self-defense when he accidentally killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and also wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, with an assault-style rifle.

Rittenhouse told the police that he was guarding a private business during the protest on that particular night.

The widespread unrest in Kenosha took place after Officer RustenSheskey had shot Blake on August 23, while he was responding to a domestic disturbance. Hundreds were being arrested, and multiple businesses were being destroyed.

On January 5, a Wisconsin prosecutor declined to file charges against Sheskey and concluded that he couldn’t disprove the officer’s contention that he acted in self-defense.