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Far-left San Francisco DA blasts Kyle Rittenhouse posting bail: ‘White shooter motivated by racial bias’

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, the far-left progressive who became the San Fran’s top prosecutor this year, argued against Kyle Rittenhouse’s cash bail by citing “strong evidence” of “racial bias.”

What’s the background?

As TheBlaze reported, Rittenhouse — the 17-year-old who made national headlines during the Kenosha riots for shooting and killing two people in what he claims was self-defense — posted $2 million bail on Friday.

Rittenhouse has been charged with two counts of murder. But even the criminal complaint against Rittenhouse reads like Rittenhouse acted in self-defense. There is, indeed, evidence, such as videos of the alleged crimes, that suggests Rittenhouse’s self-defense claims are valid.

If Rittenhouse is convicted of the charges against him, he faces a mandatory life sentence in prison.

What did Boudin say?

Boudin said Friday that Rittenhouse’s bail is yet more evidence of the “failings of money bail.” Boudin both injected race into his reaction, and spoke about Rittenhouse as if the teenager is guilty of the crimes alleged against him, despite the presumption of innocence.

“Anyone want to understand the failings of money bail?” Boudin said. “Look no further: strong evidence of a white shooter motivated by racial bias committing a double murder with an assault rifle. But wealth sets him free.”

It should be noted that both of the men whom Rittenhouse shot and killed were white.

Boudin, who once worked for the late Venezuelan socialist dictator Hugo Chavez, was elected as San Fransisco’s top prosecutor last year. His election was celebrated by progressive politicians and social justice activists. Even Sen. Kamala Harris, the media-declared vice president-elect, welcomed Boudin’s election.

Boudin — who is self-described socialist, according to Vice — has implemented numerous far-left reforms to San Francisco’s criminal justice system, including ending cash bail.

According to Boudin, cash bail is a “discriminatory and unsafe approach to pretrial detention.” Now, pretrial release in San Francisco is determined by “public safety, not on wealth,” Boudin said in January, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Boudin argued cash bail is essentially racist. From his office:

Money bail has disproportionately impacted our poorest communities as well as communities of color. In San Francisco, African-Americans pay over $120 per capita per year in non-refundable bail fees compared to $10 per capita per year for white individuals. Additionally, since 99% of people who post bail in San Francisco use private bail bond companies, there is an instant and dramatic transfer of wealth from low-income neighborhoods and communities of color to private industry; roughly $10-$15 million in non-refundable fees are paid annually to bail bond agencies.

The San Fransisco police union has not been fond of Boudin.

Reacting to his policy ending cash bail, union president Tony Montoya said, “Mr. Boudin is in the process of building the largest criminal justice revolving door imaginable, and San Franciscans will pay a heavy price for it.”

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Illinois judge orders Kyle Rittenhouse to be extradited to Wisconsin to face murder charges

An Illinois judge denied the petition from Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorney and approved his extradition to Wisconsin to face charges, including first-degree homicide.

The 17-year-old Rittenhouse is accused of shooting and killing three people, two of which died, during a Kenosha, Wisconsin, riot on Aug. 25, two days after police officers shot Jacob Blake, a black man, seven times in the back. Blake survived and is paralyzed from the waist down.

Rittenhouse’s lawyer argued that the extradition order was written incorrectly but the judge disagreed with him and signed the extradition order. He also dismissed the argument that extraditing Rittenhouse would be dangerous to his well-being.

Rittenhouse was quickly driven to the border and handed over to the custody of law enforcement in Wisconsin.

Outside the courthouse, protesters on both sides of the issue expressed passionate differences of opinion. One side called Rittenhouse a white supremacist murderer, while the other side said that the charges against him should be dropped in consideration of his right to self-defense.


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“The bottom line is, is the petition has been denied, the governor’s warrant is proper and Mr. Rittenhouse will be extradited to Wisconsin to face the charges that he is facing up there,” said Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim.

“We were confident from the beginning that this would turn out this way, and we’re glad that it has, so we can move on, and Mr. Rittenhouse can move on as well,” he added.

Rittenhouse’s attorney said he would immediately appeal the ruling.

The teen faces one charge of first-degree intentional homicide in Kenosha County, and if convicted, he could receive a life sentence. He also faces one charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and two charges of first-degree reckless endangerment.

Here’s a local news report about the judgment:


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From his hospital bed, Jacob Blake pleads ‘Change y’all lives … we can stick together, make some money, make everything easier for our people out here’

Jacob Blake issued a plea from his hospital bed, urging his supporters to change their lives.

A Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer reportedly shot Blake in the back seven times on Aug. 23 during a call for a domestic dispute. Blake’s family has repeatedly said he is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the shooting.

Following Blake’s shooting, riots and protests alike erupted in Kenosha, which led to a deadly shooting of two people on Aug. 25. More protest and riots continued across the U.S., putting further strain and pressure on police-community relations.

What are the details?

In a video tweet shared by his attorney, Benjamin Crump, Blake, 29, said that life can change on a dime.

“I just want to say, man, to all the young cats out there, and even the older ones, older than me, it’s a lot more life to live out here, man,” he said. “Your life and not only just your life, your legs, something that you need to move around and move forward in life, can be taken from you like this, man.”

Blake added that he’s in constant pain.

“I’ve got staples in my back, staples in my damn stomach,” he continued. “You do not want to have to deal with this s***, man. Every 24 hours, it’s pain, it’s nothing but pain. It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move from side to side. It hurts to eat.”

He urged his supporters to change their lives, adding, “Please, I’m telling you, change y’all lives out there. We can stick together, make some money, make everything easier for our people out here, man, ’cause it’s so much time that has been wasted.”

What else?

According to a recent report from the Kenosha Police Union, Blake reportedly confronted officers following a call about a domestic dispute. He allegedly placed one of the officers in a headlock, and was armed with a knife that he refused to drop.

All of this reportedly took place before the Kenosha officer opened fire on Blake as he attempted to get into his car. Officers reportedly said they saw a knife on the floor of the car. Blake’s three children were in the backseat.

Kenosha Police Union attorney Brendan Matthews told WCCO-TV that Blake was reportedly at the residence of his ex-girlfriend, who accused him of a violent sexual assault in May.

The unnamed woman reportedly called authorities on that fateful day, alleging that her ex was attempting to steal both her keys and her vehicle.

Reports say that because of the alleged May assault, Blake was not supposed to be at her residence at all.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice continues to investigate the incident.

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Kyle Rittenhouse breaks silence in ‘tweet heard ’round the world,’ lawyer says: ‘I’m going to be out of here soon’

Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old facing murder charges after reportedly killing two people and wounding a third person during Kenosha, Wisconsin, riots last week, has spoken out to thank his supporters, according to his lawyer.

Rittenhouse is being tried as an adult, and faces multiple charges, including first-degree reckless homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

His lawyer, John Pierce, said Rittenhouse acted in self-defense during the riots, following Jacob Blake’s police shooting on Aug. 23

What are the details?

Pierce shared video footage of a conversation he purported to be between him and Rittenhouse.

The caller can be heard on the phone saying, “I just wanna thank every single one of you from the bottom of my heart for the underlying support. I just want to thank all of you for the mail I’ve been receiving. It’s been really helpful.”

Urging his supporters to remain strong, Rittenhouse added, “I’m going to be out of here soon. “

In the video, Pierce can be heard saying, “If this is not self-defense for Kyle Rittenhouse under the circumstances, then no one can protect themselves, no one can protect their family and no one can protect their country.”

“We are not going to allow a prosecutor in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to take [God-given right of self-defense] away from Kyle,” he adds.

Pierce shared the footage on Twitter, captioning it, “Kyle Rittenhouse speaks[!] This must be the tweet heard ’round the world[!] Retweet and donate to the #FightBack Foundation right now[!]”

Pierce told Fox News that the person on the other end of the phone was, indeed, Rittenhouse, and compared the teenager to the shooter who fired the “shot round the world,” which triggered the American Revolution.

Anything else?

Despite a Facebook ban on users sharing the link, a crowdfunding page so far has raised more than $352,000 for Rittenhouse’s legal defense.

The page states, “Kyle Rittenhouse just defended himself from a brutal attack by multiple members of the far-leftist group ANTIFA — the experience was undoubtedly a brutal one, as he was forced to take two lives to defend his own.”

“Now, Kyle is being unfairly charged with murder 1, by a DA who seems determined only to capitalize on the political angle of the situation,” the page continues. “The situation was clearly self-defense, and Kyle and his family will undoubtedly need money to pay for the legal fees.”

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Glenn Beck: We’ve CROSSED the threshold into a strange new era — and ‘there’s no bridge ahead’

Over the years, Glenn Beck has issued warning after warning about coming situations that eventually came true: unrest in Europe that would spread to America, the formation of a caliphate in the Middle East, the Fed’s growing and dangerous powers, a repeat of the 1960s violence, the Bubba Effect, and more.

Now, after another weekend of violence, chaos, and political divide, Glenn has another warning: a new era is here. We’ve crossed the threshold God placed before us. We’ve passed all the exits, and there’s no bridge ahead. As Judeo-Christian principles continue to face attack after attack, we must double our efforts to slow down the spread of this evil.

“What I’m here to do is to sound the trumpet. To warn you of what is just over the horizon, that no one else will tell you. […] You know things aren’t OK. They aren’t normal. Many of us have this feeling that we’re headed towards something — something not good. It’s natural with something as precious as freedom and liberty. There’s a high price tag on that. And when you actually possess it, it makes sense that there would be some sort of warning or alarm bell on it, that would go off, when our rights are being stolen,” Glenn stated.

“If you felt any of these things, I want you to know this: One, you’re right, it’s not your imagination. Whether you’re on the left or right, it’s not your imagination. Something is very wrong. Two, you’re not alone. You are not the only one feeling this. And, three, this is the difficult beginning of a new era. It’s not the end of the world, but it is a new era,” he added.

“For many years, I have told you about the warning signs and pointed out the exits along the way. But if you look back in your rearview mirror, you’re going to see something falling behind the horizon. That’s the last exit. That’s the bridge that is out. That is the threshold. The twilight of the common era,” he said. “I hope to God I’m wrong. And there’s a good chance that I am. But, I believe that we are now squarely in the days the Bible foretold. I told you there would come a time when we passed all the exits. And we’re there. We need to fight to slow down the chaos. We need to do everything we can to slow chaos down.”

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Glenn Beck: We’ve CROSSED the threshold into a strange new era — and ‘there’s no bridge ahead’

Over the years, Glenn Beck has issued warning after warning about coming situations that eventually came true: unrest in Europe that would spread to America, the formation of a caliphate in the Middle East, the Fed’s growing and dangerous powers, a repeat of the 1960s violence, the Bubba Effect, and more.

Now, after another weekend of violence, chaos, and political divide, Glenn has another warning: a new era is here. We’ve crossed the threshold God placed before us. We’ve passed all the exits, and there’s no bridge ahead. As Judeo-Christian principles continue to face attack after attack, we must double our efforts to slow down the spread of this evil.

“What I’m here to do is to sound the trumpet. To warn you of what is just over the horizon, that no one else will tell you. […] You know things aren’t OK. They aren’t normal. Many of us have this feeling that we’re headed towards something — something not good. It’s natural with something as precious as freedom and liberty. There’s a high price tag on that. And when you actually possess it, it makes sense that there would be some sort of warning or alarm bell on it, that would go off, when our rights are being stolen,” Glenn stated.

“If you felt any of these things, I want you to know this: One, you’re right, it’s not your imagination. Whether you’re on the left or right, it’s not your imagination. Something is very wrong. Two, you’re not alone. You are not the only one feeling this. And, three, this is the difficult beginning of a new era. It’s not the end of the world, but it is a new era,” he added.

“For many years, I have told you about the warning signs and pointed out the exits along the way. But if you look back in your rearview mirror, you’re going to see something falling behind the horizon. That’s the last exit. That’s the bridge that is out. That is the threshold. The twilight of the common era,” he said. “I hope to God I’m wrong. And there’s a good chance that I am. But, I believe that we are now squarely in the days the Bible foretold. I told you there would come a time when we passed all the exits. And we’re there. We need to fight to slow down the chaos. We need to do everything we can to slow chaos down.”

Watch the video clip below for more from Glenn:

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Christian crowdfunding page to benefit teen Kyle Rittenhouse explodes with donations

Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo is hosting a fundraising campaign for Kyle Rittenhouse, who was charged with homicide last week following riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

At the time of this reporting, the page has received more than $270,000 in donations.

What are the details?

The fundraiser, which was purportedly set up by friends of the Rittenhouse family, aims to fund the teen’s legal defense.

Authorities charged 17-year-old Rittenhouse with five criminal counts including first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide. He also faces charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and possession of a dangerous weapon.

Rittenhouse reportedly fired on three protesters during protests following Jacob Blake’s police shooting on Aug. 23. Two rioters died, and one was hospitalized with serious injuries.

The page reads, “Kyle Rittenhouse just defended himself from a brutal attack by multiple members of the far-leftist group ANTIFA — the experience was undoubtedly a brutal one, as he was forced to take two lives to defend his own.”

“Now, Kyle is being unfairly charged with murder 1, by a DA who seems determined only to capitalize on the political angle of the situation,” the page continues. “The situation was clearly self-defense, and Kyle and his family will undoubtedly need money to pay for the legal fees.”

Teen ‘exercised his God-given’ rights

In a recent statement, Rittenhouse’s attorney said that the teen did “nothing wrong” and simply defended himself.

“He exercised his God-given, constitutional, common law and statutory law right to self-defense,” the statement said.

Rittenhouse’s legal team added that their client was in the area to help protect businesses amid protests, and provide first aid if necessary.

It was only when he was allegedly attacked did the teen reportedly fire on rioters, but still remained at the scene in order to provide first aid to one of the shooting victims.

He was forced to flee, however, “for his safety and his survival” when rioters converged on the scene.

The statement explains:

As Kyle proceeded towards the second mechanic’s shop, he was accosted by multiple rioters who recognized that he had been attempting to protect a business the mob wanted to destroy. This outraged the rioters and created a mob now determined to hurt Kyle. They began chasing him down. Kyle attempted to get away, but he could not do so quickly enough. 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. He reacted instantaneously and justifiably with his weapon to protect himself, firing and striking the attacker.

Kyle stopped to ensure care for the wounded attacker but faced a growing mob gesturing towards him. He realized he needed to flee for his safety and his survival. Another attacker struck Kyle from behind as he fled down the street. Kyle turned as the mob pressed in on him and he fell to the ground. One attacker kicked Kyle on the ground while he was on the ground. Yet another bashed him over the head with a skateboard. Several rioters tried to disarm Kyle. In fear for his life and concerned the crowd would either continue to shoot at him or even use his own weapon against him, Kyle had no choice but to fire multiple rounds towards his immediate attackers, striking two, including one armed attacker. The rest of the mob began to disperse upon hearing the additional gunshots.

Rittenhouse’s legal team explained that investigators used the teen’s conservative values against him in order to spin the narrative and detract from the Blake shooting.

“[T]his was not a serious investigation,” the team added. “Rather, after learning Kyle may have had conservative political viewpoints, they immediately saw him as a convenient target who they could use as a scapegoat to distract from the Jacob Blake shooting and the government’s abject failure to ensure basic law and order to citizens. Within 24-36 hours, he was charged with multiple homicide counts.”

(H/T: Newsweek)

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Kyle Rittenhouse attorneys break silence, give key details in Kenosha shooting: ‘Kyle did nothing wrong’

The attorneys representing Kyle Rittenhouse released a lengthy statement on Saturday defending the 17-year-old from the list of criminal charges against him.

Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters and wounding a third. The incident happened on Aug. 25, the third night of the Kenosha riots. Violence erupted in the southern Wisconsin city after police shot Jacob Blake, a black man, last Sunday.

Rittenhouse has been charged with multiple felonies, including: one count of first-degree reckless homicide, one count of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, as well as charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, and possession of a dangerous weapon.

However, as TheBlaze reported, the criminal complaint against Rittenhouse reads as though he acted in self-defense.

What did the attorneys say?

The attorneys, from the law firm of Pierce Bainbridge, did not mince words — they said Rittenhouse is innocent of the charges against him on the grounds of self-defense.

“Kyle did nothing wrong. He exercised his God-given, Constitutional, common law and statutory law right to self-defense,” they said.

Their version of events appear to align with video evidence. They said Rittenhouse was in Kenosha to protect businesses and render medical aid when needed, and that he only discharged his rifle because he was being attacked.

In fact, according to the attorneys, Rittenhouse even attempted to render medical aid to Joseph Rosenbaum after shooting him, but had to flee the scene “for his safety and his survival.” Video evidence shows that Rosenbaum was pursing Rittenhouse before being shot.

The attorneys explained:

As Kyle proceeded towards the second mechanic’s shop, he was accosted by multiple rioters who recognized that he had been attempting to protect a business the mob wanted to destroy. This outraged the rioters and created a mob now determined to hurt Kyle. They began chasing him down. Kyle attempted to get away, but he could not do so quickly enough. 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. He reacted instantaneously and justifiably with his weapon to protect himself, firing and striking the attacker.

Kyle stopped to ensure care for the wounded attacker but faced a growing mob gesturing towards him. He realized he needed to flee for his safety and his survival. Another attacker struck Kyle from behind as he fled down the street. Kyle turned as the mob pressed in on him and he fell to the ground. One attacker kicked Kyle on the ground while he was on the ground. Yet another bashed him over the head with a skateboard. Several rioters tried to disarm Kyle. In fear for his life and concerned the crowd would either continue to shoot at him or even use his own weapon against him, Kyle had no choice but to fire multiple rounds towards his immediate attackers, striking two, including one armed attacker. The rest of the mob began to disperse upon hearing the additional gunshots.

The attorneys went on to explain that Rittenhouse attempted to turn himself in to police, but they were concerned with the “wounded attackers,” and instructed Rittenhouse to leave the scene.

The attorneys then turned their attention toward Kenosha prosecutors, whom they alleged “did not engage in any meaningful analysis of the facts, or any in-depth review of available video footage.”

“[T]his was not a serious investigation,” they continued. “Rather, after learning Kyle may have had conservative political viewpoints, they immediately saw him as a convenient target who they could use as a scapegoat to distract from the Jacob Blake shooting and the government’s abject failure to ensure basic law and order to citizens. Within 24-36 hours, he was charged with multiple homicide counts.”

You can read the full attorney statement here.

What does video evidence show?

One angle, showing the moments before Rittenhouse fired his rifle at Rosenbaum, confirms Rosenbaum was in full pursuit of Rittenhouse. The video then shows Rosenbaum throw an object at Rittenhouse before one shot rings out. A New York Times analysis discovered that the first shot did not come from Rittenhouse, but from another person armed with a handgun.

The video then shows Rosenbaum lunge toward Rittenhouse. That’s when the teenager opens fire on Rosenbaum, discharging four rounds.

Approximately 30 seconds later, the video shows Rittenhouse sprinting from the scene. The man who filmed the incident is then heard instructing other protesters to “cranium that boy,” highlighting the hostile and violent nature of the demonstrators.

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Employee at vandalized Kenosha business yells at rioters: ‘I got a family to support, I got f***ing kids to feed!’

A distressed employee at a Papa John’s restaurant in Kenosha, Wisconsin, shouted through smashed windows at a group of protesters outside the shop Wednesday pleading for an end to the violence.

The restaurant had evidently been vandalized as a part of the nightly riots that have continued this week following the police shooting of 29-year-old black man, Jacob Blake on Sunday.

“Are they trying to get Trump re-elected?” the man shouted in frustration. “Seriously!

“I got a family to support. I got f***ing kids to feed,” he added.

In response, a woman can be heard saying: “These people don’t represent our movement.”

The man responded, “Well, I’m sorry, but they’re with you.”

(Content warning: rough language)

The man’s frustration is likely representative of the feeling that many Americans have toward Black Lives Matter demonstrations taking place across the country, as it is becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate between peaceful protests and angry riots.

That frustration likely only increases when it is your place of business that becomes the target of violence stemming from protests.

As if it were needed, Portland, Oregon, has served as a test case for what nightly riots mean for local business productivity. After three months of rioting there, a multitude of businesses have been forced to flee potentially causing “irreparable damage” to the city.

In Kenosha, the violence has been similarly pervasive.

Over the last several days, rioters have burned entire car lots, razed several small businesses, and smashed windows of buildings throughout the city. One rioter even pointed a gun directly into the face of a BlazeTV reporter.

On Tuesday night, an armed 17-year-old shot and killed two people and wounded a third after being involved in a clash with rioters. The suspect, Kyle Rittenhouse, has been charged with first-degree murder, among many other charges. Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident.

Jacob Blake’s mother condemned the violence on Tuesday, saying she has been “hurt” and “disgusted” by the community’s response.

“Please don’t burn up property and cause havoc and tear your own homes down in my son’s name,” she said, apparently to little effect.

(H/T: The Daily Wire)

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Charging Kyle Rittenhouse with first-degree murder is facially absurd?

Kyle Rittenhouse should not have been patrolling the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Tuesday night. Whatever failures might have existed on the part of state and local government (and there appear to have been many), the idea of a 17-year-old with a loaded rifle being dropped into that powder keg can only happen when some horribly bad judgment has occurred.

I say this as a gun owner and Second Amendment supporter who took his son to the shooting range at that same age and taught him how to properly handle a firearm: I don’t know what Kyle Rittenhouse’s family or home situation is like, or how exactly he came to be where he was on that fateful night, but it’s disappointing (to say the least) that no one in his life prevented him from being there. I’m sure, at this point, that Rittenhouse himself would agree.

However, two narratives about the situation are emerging, neither of which appears to be supported by even a sliver of evidence: First, that Rittenhouse is a white supremacist, and second, that he is a murderer.

To the first point, the media began to paint Rittenhouse as a white supremacist almost immediately based on no evidence at all, and continued slandering him as one throughout the day.

Just for the record, Rittenhouse’s social media is NOT full of misogyny and white supremacy. The New York Times searched it exhaustively and found that “multiple posts on his social media accounts proclaim support for pro-police causes like the Blue Lives Matter movement and Humanize the Badge, a nonprofit that he ran a Facebook fund-raiser for on his 16th birthday.”

This does not count as support for white supremacy to anyone with a functioning cerebral cortex. I suppose that more evidence might emerge on that score, but the evidence that Rittenhouse was involved with real white supremacy, as opposed to fake white supremacy that has been invented by the professional victim class of liberal American politics does not yet exist.

More importantly, there appears to be no evidence at all that Rittenhouse is guilty of murder, much less first-degree murder. I spent a substantial portion of Wednesday viewing numerous upsetting videos of Rittenhouse’s deadly encounters with Kenosha rioters, and in every single one of those videos, Rittenhouse is clearly trying to extricate himself from danger brought on by a mob that appeared hell bent on doing him harm.

The New York Times, which is hardly sympathetic to what Rittenhouse was unwisely attempting to do, put an extraordinary amount of work into tracking Rittenhouse’s movements on that Tuesday night, and the resulting breakdown is damning to the prosecutors and media figures who have branded this teenager as a racist murderer.

The Times notes, among other things, that Rittenhouse was seen on social media video throughout the night mostly staying in the area of a Kenosha car dealership — but not the same one where the first shooting occurred. The Times also noted that he was captured in multiple videos offering medical assistance to protesters who were affected by pepper spray that police used in the area. He was then seen passing out water bottles to police and talking to officers in the area. He left that dealership, and police prevented him from returning.

According to the Times, “Six minutes later footage shows Mr. Rittenhouse being chased by an unknown group of people into the parking lot of another dealership several bocks away.”

One of those people, we know from video, was the first person who was shot by Rittenhouse. That person has been identified by police as Joseph Rosenbaum, a white registered sex offender who was convicted of a sex crime with a minor and who was seen on video using the N-word near black militia members and taunting them to “shoot me, n***a.” At this point, Rosenbaum is the only person involved in this story who is confirmed to have done anything that might get a person justifiably branded as a white supremacist.

As the Times notes, while Rittenhouse was being pursued by the visibly hostile and aggressive Rosenbaum, “an unknown gunman fires into the air, though it’s unclear why. The weapon’s muzzle flash appears in footage filmed at the scene. Mr. Rittenhouse turns toward the sound of the gunfire as another pursuer [Rosenbaum] lunges toward him from the same direction. Mr. Rittenhouse then fires four times, and appears to shoot the man in the head.”

Not mentioned by the Times: Video also shows Rosenbaum throwing a bag filled with unknown objects as he chases Rittenhouse into the parking lot.

Get it? Rittenhouse was being chased by a group of angry adults who were throwing things at him, and he hears a nearby gunshot. For all he knows, the shot might have been intended for him. As Rittenhouse was looking around attempting to locate the source of the sound, Rosenbaum charged him.

If you, as a prosecuting attorney, are aware of these facts and come away with the conclusion that a first-degree murder charge is warranted, then you need to turn in your law license. Putting aside Rittenhouse’s clearly viable claim to self-defense, the facts of the case simply don’t fit that charge.

The Times notes that after Rittenhouse shot Rosenbaum, he “seems to make a phone call and then flees the scene.” We don’t know this yet but I would bet a significant amount of money that if Rittenhouse did, in fact, make a phone call, it was to 911 to report the shooting. And he fled the scene because, as noted by the Times and seen in multiple videos, the mob began to chase him further after the shooting. The Times notes that as he was trying to escape, Rittenhouse tripped and fell to the ground.

According to the Times, Rittenhouse then “fir[ed] four shots as three people rush[ed] toward him. One person appear[ed] to be hit in the chest[.]” Not mentioned by the Times is the perhaps relevant fact that the person in question was caught on photo trying to use Rittenhouse’s head as a softball, with his skateboard as a bat. The omission is bizarre because even a Getty photographer happened to catch this attack literally as it happened.


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Additionally, the Times notes that the other individual who was shot by Rittenhouse was “carrying a handgun,” but omits the detail, carried in several videos, that the gun was also loaded.

So, to review, Rittenhouse was chased by an angry mob that was throwing unidentified objects at him into an abandoned car parking lot at night, and then was charged by a clearly hostile adult right after he heard a nearby gunshot. When he tried to leave the situation, he was chased again by an even larger mob, one of whom had a loaded handgun, and was hit in the face by a large adult with a skateboard.

As the Times notes, Rittenhouse then noted the presence of police nearby, and began walking toward them with his hands up in a clear attempt to surrender to the police (and likely avail himself of some safety from the mob that was chasing him). The police, however, drove past him without stopping, so Rittenhouse fled. I would submit that these are not the actions of either a first-degree murderer or someone who intended to flee the scene of a shooting, but rather someone who was in legitimate and reasonable fear for their life and trying to survive in a chaotic situation.

In spite of the plethora of videos and photographs featuring Rittenhouse and his activities on that night, there are still some details we don’t know. And I wouldn’t necessarily rule out all criminal charges until all the facts are in. But first-degree murder is a facially preposterous charge based on what we know already, and the district attorneys who brought those charges should be ashamed.

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VIDEO: Rioters in Kenosha spray-paint ‘Free Palestine’ at Jewish temple, deface Christian church sign

Rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, using the police shooting of Jacob Blake as an excuse to riot, destroy and deface property, and disrupt the lives and livelihoods of local residents showed Wednesday night that not even houses of worship are immune from their mayhem and chaos.

Protesters graffitied property at both a Jewish temple and a Christian church, tagging the synagogue with “Free Palestine” and the church with “BLM.”

What happened?

During the fourth night of protests in Kenosha following the Blake shooting and one night after authorities charged Kyle Rittenhouse with homicide for allegedly shooting and killing two people and wounding a third as rioters and “militia” members faced off late Tuesday, things continued to spiral out of control.

At least two houses of worship were tagged by protesters.

Townhall’s Julio Rosas caught video of someone in the Black Lives Matter crowd spray-painting “Free Palestine” in the driveway of Kenosha’s Beth Hillel Temple.

The synagogue, which sits about a block from where Rittenhouse reportedly shot and killed two people Tuesday night, had escaped damage until Thursday night, the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle reported.

Rabbi Dean Feingold told the Chronicle on Tuesday, “All around us, damage has happened. Fires have been started. Windows have been broken. Things have been written on walls. We’ve been spared so far, except for our power has been out.”

The synagogue has not been in use during the coronavirus pandemic. The one person who had been in the building, a retiree and former caretaker who lived there, had already been moved out for safety reasons.

The rabbi also told the outlet that she was far more worried about the loss of life and the causes the protesters are marching for than any damage that could happen to the facility.

“I’m a lot more concerned about the loss of life that the Black community experiences on a regular basis because of systemic racism, because of the violence directed at them, than I am about whatever damage or costs are incurred for us because of it,” Feingold told the Chronicle.

The other religious location that was graffitied by rioters was Christ the King Church.

Rosas captured a photo of “BLM” spray-painted on the church sign after protesters passed by.

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CNN faces brutal ridicule over ‘mostly peaceful’ chyron message as city burns in background

The CNN cable news network faced ridicule and mockery after social media users shared a scene from their coverage of riots with an incongruous chyron description.

The news chyron read, “Fiery but mostly peaceful protests after police shooting,” as a CNN reporter stood in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in front of a conflagration set off by the rioting over the police shooting of a black man.

Screenshots and a video of the ironic scene were widely circulated on social media:

In the video, CNN national correspondent Omar Jimenez noted that earlier in the day that the protests were “largely peaceful” but that they “became a little more contentious” after night fell.

Jimenez then recounted the measures police took to disperse the protesters, implying that police aggression was the cause for the rioting.

“And then what you are seeing, the common theme that ties all of this together,” Jimenez continued, “is an expression of anger and frustration over what people feel like has become an all-too familiar story playing out in places all across the country, not just here, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.”

The response

Twitter users roasted the news network over the bizarre juxtaposition of imagery and chyron.

“It’s impossible to dunk on CNN harder than it dunks on itself,” noted Buck Sexton.

“CNN has gone full Baghdad Bob,” replied Allum Bokhari.

“Y’all…. I have just confirmed… this is real. THIS IS F***ING REAL. This is CNN,” responded Jason Howerton.

“This is what a Biden Presidency will bring to your city. Hats off to CNN for having the stamina to continue to carry water for democrats,” said California state Sen. Melissa Melendez (R).

The protests and rioting raged on in Kenosha, where an altercation between rioters and counter-protesters led to the shooting deaths of two protesters and another being injured on Tuesday.

Here’s a video of the segment:


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EXCLUSIVE: BlazeTV reporter interviews alleged Kenosha shooter shortly before deadly shooting

BlazeTV reporter
Elijah Schaffer has been risking his life to tell the stories that mainstream media won’t cover. Late Tuesday night, Elijah found himself in the middle of a shoot-out in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where two people were fatally shot and a third was wounded during the ongoing protests and rioting after the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to share
video footage of the harrowing night and discuss his interview with the alleged shooter shortly before the deadly event took place.

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Watch more of Elijah’s coverage of the riots on his YouTube channel

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‘This is not justice’: Owner in disbelief after business looted in Kenosha rioting over police shooting of Jacob Blake

Residents of Kenosha, Wisconsin, are trying to make sense of the looting and rioting in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Business owner Pat Oertle sobbed about the damage done to her business in the rioting.

“It makes no sense! Why? Why?” Oertle asked in an interview with the Associated Press.

She has owned and operated the Computer Adventure sales shop along with her husband for 30 years.

“They took computers, they took,” she said, overwhelmed. “If you want to take it, don’t destroy everything else!”

Protests in Kenosha turned to rioting and looting for a second straight day on Monday, after police shot Jacob Blake eight times in the back Sunday evening as he appeared to reach for something in his car during their attempt to detain him. He was hospitalized with serious injuries, but the shooting inspired even more violence.

Blake’s father told the media Tuesday that he was likely paralyzed from the waist down from the injuries.

On Monday, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers activated the National Guard to help local law enforcement quell the rioting.

Kenosha Fire Chief Charles Leipzig told the Kenosha News that 30 businesses were destroyed or damaged, and 34 fires were sparked during the rioting. Police employed pepper spray and tear gas in order to disperse the crowds of protesters who violated the 8 p.m. curfew.

Other business owners were just as devastated.

Joshua Ferguson, the owner of the Sugar Boxx Ice Cream Shop, said that the rioters and looters were likely not from the area because the business district they targeted was “one of the most multicultural communities of business owners.”

Community members and local leaders were out on the streets on Tuesday trying to help business owners clean up the mess left by the rioters and looters.

“Oh my God, nobody deserves this,” Oertle said. “This accomplishes nothing!”

Here’s the Associated Press video with Pat Oertle:


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Kenosha rioter points a gun right in the face of Blaze Media reporter while he’s shooting video of the unrest

A rioter in Kenosha, Wisconsin, brandished a gun and pointed it directly in the face of Blaze Media reporter Elijah Schaffer Monday night — while he was filming.

The harrowing moment encapsulates the intense lawlessness of the current scene in Kenosha, where rioters have taken to the streets and set the city ablaze in response to the
police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man, over the weekend.

“HOLY SH*#: while interviewing this
#BLM rioter in Kinosha [sic] he pulls out a real pistol and points it at my camera while explaining what we would do to cops if they rolled up on us right now,” Schaffer wrote on Twitter.

“It’s been a while since I had a gun pointed at me even if it was just to make a point,” he added.

Rioters undoubtedly view the incident as yet another example of police in America using excessive force on a black person. However, there are
conflicting reports, and an investigation into the matter is needed.

Blake suffered from seven gunshot wounds, but he is being treated at a Milwaukee hospital and is expected to survive.

Nonetheless, starting on Sunday night, following video of the shooting being widely disseminated, the town erupted in violent protest.

Schaffer has posted several more videos on his Twitter account of the rampant violence taking place, which includes the burning of dozens of personal vehicles, a work truck, and a youth correctional facility.

Even a small business building totally unrelated to the shooting was caught in the crossfire of the angry mob.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) deployed the National Guard to help local law enforcement quell the riots Monday night.

Shortly after video of the shooting went viral, without any investigation having been conducted, Evers spoke out in condemnation of the police officers involved and in support of protesters.

“While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country,” Evers tweeted.

The three officers involved in the Blake shooting have been placed on administrative leave.

According to NBC News, the Milwaukee Police Association said Monday that while video of the shooting “may show some troubling things, protesting must remain calm. It must remain peaceful.”

The association added that officials should not rush to judgment: “By rushing to judgment, without knowing all of the facts, this will only fuel the cause of others to protest in a manner that isn’t peaceful.”

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