Kyle Rittenhouse: Armed Defender, Political Prisoner

Top image, the unarmed man beat to near-death by a violent mob in Portland, Oregon. Lower image Kyle Rittenhouse after defending himself against multiple attackers in Kenosha Wisconsin. Image posted on Freerepublic as a political meme, scaled by Dean Weingarten

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Image posted on Freerepublic as a political meme, scaled by Dean Weingarten Top image, the unarmed man beat to near-death by a violent mob in Portland, Oregon. Lower image Kyle Rittenhouse after defending himself against multiple attackers in Kenosha Wisconsin.

Kyle Rittenhouse is a political prisoner. Just before midnight on 25 August 2020, Kyle Rittenhouse shot three people who attacked him in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in self-defense. Rittenhouse was legally there performing voluntary actions to minimize the damage done by rioters. He was fleeing a mob pursuing him when he was forced to defend himself, shooting three of numerous pursuers at two separate locations. All three of the people shot got within the contact range of Rittenhouse. Two were attempting to disarm him, the third had a semi-automatic pistol in his hand. The first attacker had been aggressive earlier and had challenged a black man to shoot him, saying shoot me n*gga!” more than once. The first attacker was a felon and sex offender who chased Rittenhouse and tried to take his rifle.

After that defensive shooting, Kyle Rittenhouse fled the mob and attempted to turn himself into police custody. There is audio of his intent to do so as he ran from the mob. One of his attackers asked him what he was doing while the attacker was live streaming and running close to Rittenhouse. Kyle Rittenhouse said, “I am going to the police”. Rittenhouse was repeatedly attacked as he ran in an attempt to reach the police.

Rittenhouse tripped and went down on the street, and was attacked in a coordinated manner by multiple assailants.

The second person shot had hit Rittenhouse on the head, neck, and shoulder with a skateboard, a common Antifa tactic. He was trying to take Rittenhouse's rifle when he was shot.

The third attacker was lunging at Rittenhouse with a semi-automatic pistol in his hand, from less than body length, when Rittenhouse shot him in the gun arm, stopping the attack. The actions were all videotaped; there were witnesses; they were clear cases of self-defense.

After successfully repelling those attacks, Rittenhouse continues on his way to the police.

To prevent themselves from being shot, the attackers only had to allow Kyle Rittenhouse to run away from them, to the police, and refrain from attacking him. Several of Kyle's pursuers do exactly that and are not shot.

There is video evidence of Rittenhouse with his hands up, attempting to surrender, at least twice, walking to police vehicles as they ignore him, driving past, telling him to get away from them.

Just hours later, after returning to his home in Antioch, Illinois, 15 miles from the scene of the attacks. Kyle turned himself in to the police in his home town, on 26 August 2020, accompanied by his mother, long before any court documents were filed in Wisconsin.

Kyle Rittenhouse voluntarily surrendered to police in Antioch, Illinois.

Two guns were turned into police when a 17-year-old Antioch man charged in the Kenosha shootings surrendered himself, police said, but officials are not saying who owned the guns and whether they had valid firearm owners identification cards.

Kyle Rittenhouse was accompanied by his mother when he went to the police department Wednesday, Antioch Interim Police Chief Geoff Guttschow said Thursday. He faces multiple charges in Kenosha

Kenosha is less than five miles from the Illinois border.

Image from Google Maps, cropped and scaled, red lines and text by Dean Weingarten

About the same time as Kyle turned himself into the police on 26 August, CAIR Chicago was mobilizing a political campaign urging the political powers in Kenosha to prosecute him.  They named Kyle and urged a phone and email campaign.

This may explain the rapidity with which the prosecutors created a warrant for Kyle's arrest, which was issued on 27 August 2020. The criminal complaint is absurd; the facts it contains absolve Kyle; one statute does not even apply to Kyle.

No grand jury was convened to consider the case. The evidence is such as to vindicate a self-defense plea rather than first-degree homicide charges.

An anomaly in the case is the handwritten non-traffic complaint by the Antioch police dated 26 August, which appears to be before a complaint was issued in Wisconsin. It lists a Wisconsin warrant number, W261694050.

Perhaps it was a simple mistake in the date. Perhaps an alert reader will be able to find the Wisconsin warrant and explain how it could be issued before a complaint was filed with the court, or how a prosecutor could do enough of an investigation to ask for a warrant less than 24 hours after the event, in which there were enormous amounts of evidence available.

Image from Antioch police public domain cropped and scaled, green text added by Dean Weingarten

The District Attorney, Michael D. Graveley, did not have a reputation of being a far-left politician, even though he attended Berkely for his bachelors' degree and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, for his law degree. He was unopposed in the last election. He is listed as a Democrat.

The entire political structure of Kenosha seems incapable of resisting the mob of radical leftists who took over the center of the city, burning businesses.  Governor Evers of Wisconsin appeared similarly frozen from action. Just say the magic word “racist” and all Democrat politicians, and most Republicans, seem to be cowered into submission.

The case seems similar to the McCloskey's case in St Louis, or the Baca case in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  In each case, the people being charged defended themselves against attack by an angry mob; in each case, the prosecutor charging them is a Democrat politician.  In all three cases, the police were withdrawn from the area, giving full reign to the rioters.

In each case, there is clear video evidence of self-defense.  Both Steve Baca and Kyle Rittenhouse were retreating from a mob of pursuers when assaulted by people armed with skateboards and attempting to disarm them; the McCloskeys were at their own home and threatened with beating and rape. In all three cases, the possession of personal defensive firearms prevented the further physical assault.  In all three cases, the prosecutor bent the facts in extreme ways in order to prosecute the armed citizens.

Imagine if Kyle were black, and had defended himself against a mob chasing him. Kyle would be universally decreed a national hero. While defenses against mobs are thankfully rare, black peoples' defense of self and others are fairly common and have been praised here on AmmoLand when known.

None of Kyle Rittenhouse's attackers have been charged with their crimes.

Police do not routinely release information on people who defend themselves, so it is harder to know their skin color.  Numerous uses of guns to defend themselves are recounted in Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms.

Second Amendment supporters universally praise minority groups' use of arms to defend against mobs. “Roof Koreans” has become a phrase because of Korean shopkeepers during the LA riots. Condoleezza Rice often recounted how her father and other black men defended themselves with firearms.

CAIR Chicago gave a list of handy contact points for politicians who could effect the Kyle Rittenhouse prosecution.

This has become a political case rather than a legal one. The solution is political as well as legal. The prosecutor must be made aware of his political decision to persecute Kyle has a political price. Fortunately, CAIR Chicago listed these contacts:

  • Call the Kenosha City Attorney at 262-653-4170.
  • Call the Mayor of Kenosha and City Administration at 262-653-4000.
  • Demand justice from the Kenosha Police Non-Emergency Line 262-656-1234.
  • Call the Wisconsin Department of Justice at 608-266-1221.
  • Kenosha District Attorney Michael D. Graveley at [email protected]
  • Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian [email protected]
  • Kenosha Police Department Chief of Police Daniel G. Miskinis [email protected]

Political contacts work for anyone. There are many Democrats and black people in Kenosha who do not appreciate Antifa and BLM types coming in and burning up their town.

The criminal complaint against Kyle reads almost as if the people writing it were his defense attorneys.

The first person he shot was witnessed chasing Kyle in concert with others, throwing an object at him, (laughingly called a plastic bag in the criminal complaint, when clearly there was an object inside the bag) and grabbing for his gun while Kyle was attempting to evade him and those who were following behind him.

The other two people he shot were chasing him and attempted to disarm him. One hit him on the head, neck, and shoulder with a skateboard while attempting to disarm him, after three previous, failed attacks against Rittenhouse.  This is laughably referred to as “the skateboard makes contact with the defendant's left shoulder”.  The last person shot “moves toward the defendant” and “Grosskreutz appears to be holding a handgun in his right hand when he was shot”. None of this makes the cut for a charge of First Degree Homicide. All of it indicates justifiable self-defense.

The last charge, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon by a Person Under 18, isn't even a criminal offense, because it does not apply to people over 16, except in special circumstances, which were not germane to Kyle.

All three of the people Kyle Rittenhouse shot had police records, indicating their propensity for violence, or at least, willingness to break the law.

It is sad to see elected officials so fearful of radicals in their own party, they allow themselves to be bullied into persecuting innocents.  That is what happened in the French Revolution, where the Left earned their political nomenclature as being “on the left”.

A terror where hundreds of thousands of innocent people are killed to satisfy the insanity of a radical mob, is something we need to fight, not encourage.

Free Kyle Rittenhouse!


About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30-year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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toomanyhobbies
toomanyhobbies
4 days ago

tell them to ask the prosecuting attorney HOW MUCH ARE YOU WILLING TO SPEND ON A CASE YOU ARE GONG TO LOSE IN AN ELECTION YEAR! and that will wake them up…

Get Out
Get Out
4 days ago

If this BS goes to trial and these self defense videos are shown to the jury, Rittenhouse will be released.

alpha
alpha
4 days ago

His new moniker: ‘deep throat.’

pdxhk9mm
pdxhk9mm
3 days ago
Reply to  alpha

Yup, this chickenshit kid is going to be everyone’s bitch in prison….and justice will be served….

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax
3 days ago
Reply to  pdxhk9mm

pdxhk9mm,
It’s obvious that you haven’t reviewed the videos or read through an analysis of the situation. You might want to do that.
Justice was served when, a person tried to take his gun from, the person who hit him with a skateboard trying to crack his skull and a guy who came at him with a gun in his hand got shot. Those are all attacks worthy of being shot.
As for being from the mid-west and now being on the Left coast. We appreciate your leaving. You and alpha have a good time together.

Last edited 3 days ago by Dave in Fairfax
alpha
alpha
4 days ago

Inmates confined to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections are waiting for Kyle. That anus will be stretched 10x. Lol!!!!

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax
4 days ago
Reply to  alpha

Alpha (in your own mind),
Are you still displaying your transference?
I’ve noticed that you don’t have anything worthwhile to say, you’re just an average dog in the manger. Why don’t you grow up and join a proper conversation rather than snipe from the cheap seats? It’s boring.

Last edited 4 days ago by Dave in Fairfax
Oldvet
Oldvet
4 days ago

alpha just needs to be nuked .

Knute
Knute
4 days ago
Reply to  alpha

Alpha: You sure seem to have a personal ax to grind. You wouldn’t happen to be missing a bicep on one arm by any chance would you? 🙂

nrringlee
nrringlee
4 days ago

Do not expect justice if you are in a Blue Utopia. The law is whatever they say it is to fit what ever agenda they want to push.

Camotim
Camotim
4 days ago

KYLE RITTENHOUSE is an AMERICAN HERO. Free him now!!! And let a million other Kyle Rittenhouses arise to fight ANTIFA and BLM.

JPM
JPM
4 days ago

Rittenhouse is, and should be a role model for us all, young people and adults! The only thing these thugs understand is violence. When allowed to run rampant with no regard for the law or civilization, and with no accountability for their actions, and with the police not allowed to control them, we, the citizens must act if we are to preserve our country.

Bob
Bob
4 days ago

Rittenhouse’s fate is inextricably intertwined with our own. If 2nd amendment rights can’t be exercised/justified here, then the 2A is in reality a right on paper only–and implications for that are even more tragic for our Constitutional Republic. The fuze for change may be lit if Rittenhouse is abused in this case.

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gregs
gregs
4 days ago

after reading the charging documents and seeing the videos i cannot see any way a jury of decent people would be able to convict kyle for any of these alleged crimes. he was being attacked, disparity of force and was defending himself. wish i was on the jury, not guilty.

JPM
JPM
4 days ago
Reply to  gregs

The key phrase you used is “decent people” and it’s doubtful Kyle will be afforded a jury of his peers and no guarantee that the jury will include one or more “decent people”.

TStheDeplorable
TStheDeplorable
4 days ago

A Cowboy Ballad about Kyle Rittenhouse, “Streets of Kenosha” to the tune of Streets of Laredo: https://youtu.be/gSBKKbhWhMo

Finnky
Finnky
4 days ago

@Dean – Given writeup in complaint, which you describe as looking like it could have been written by defense attorneys, I am convinced they are quite aware of political nature of the charges. They believed that if they did not charge Kyle, their entire town might well be razed by an ever expanding blood thirsty mob. Thus they charged Kyle in interest of “the greater good.” DA’s office is well aware of the transient nature of the mobs attention, thus they do not need, or likely want, to prevail in this case. Understanding their perspective, in no way means I… Read more »

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
4 days ago
Reply to  Finnky

Yes, you are absolutely right and it is an intimidation tactic to ensure that others will not follow in his footsteps and to keep the peace by appeasing the angry mob that is controlling their town and others lives via violence. This a perfect example of demoncrap rule and their form of logic being applied rather than doing what is right, letting the chips fall where they may and taking care of what ever situation happens and handling it like it should be done. The question is, are they going to burn him to death, scorch him or toast him… Read more »

Green Mtn. Boy
Green Mtn. Boy
5 days ago

Free Kyle,jail the prosecutor !

Rebel VA
Rebel VA
2 days ago
Reply to  Green Mtn. Boy

10-4

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
5 days ago

“Just say the magic word “racist” and all Democrat politicians, and most Republicans, seem to be cowered into submission.” It’s true, Republican pols are spineless wimps, Lol. Case in point my Republican Sheriff let BLM march through the streets of our very small rural county seat because he is a coward and in essence caved to the mob. When they burn our county down I will remind him how he took a knee and relinquished control to the mob. On that day I will be the only person in my county to make this stand and everybody else will black… Read more »

Will
Will
5 days ago

I thought Trumps way of dealing with things would have rubbed off on most the RINO cowards by now. Guess not! Republicans have become spineless cowards for the most part! It pisses me off and makes me want to puke!

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
5 days ago
Reply to  Will

To be honest I expected a down vote from you. To be straight up I am not pleased with how non-violent offenders of the law are still being disarmed by DOJ. It is an affront to everything I believe in about my country and could cost my vote and continued support. Stealing the rights of non-violent offenders makes me want to puke and I can not support it. Barr is actually arguing in cases that he can steal RIGHTS of non-violent offenders because of some stupid omnibus bill so make no mistake he is a gun grabber. It’s rather disgusting… Read more »

Last edited 5 days ago by Patriot Solutions
musicman44mag
musicman44mag
4 days ago

I partially agree with what you are saying but I have one argument. I appreciate that you take this personally and are possessive of America but it is OUR country and you are not alone.

gregs
gregs
4 days ago
Reply to  Will

they just want to be liked by people and the media instead of doing what is lawful and right.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
4 days ago
Reply to  Will

Just before you puke, ask the guy next to you if he is a demonrat.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
4 days ago

Your wrong, you wont be alone and your supporters will be crawling out of the wood work in mass and they wont be just from your town.

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
5 days ago

Malicious Prosecution An action for damages brought by one against whom a civil suit or criminal proceeding has been unsuccessfully commenced without probable cause and for a purpose other than that of bringing the alleged offender to justice. An action for malicious prosecution is the remedy for baseless and malicious litigation. It is not limited to criminal prosecutions but may be brought in response to any baseless and malicious litigation or prosecution, whether criminal or civil. The criminal defendant or civil respondent in a baseless and malicious case may later file this claim in civil court against the parties who… Read more »

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
5 days ago

They also allow un-constitutional & constitutional agencies to interpret rules as they see fit for the injection of radical political agenda which has prompted Justice Thomas to have a recent epiphany and publicly withdraw his previous official consent for such ridiculousness known as the administrative state ie Chevron Deference. Most people don’t know that Thomas was raised by his grand parents who taught him to be staunchly conservative then sent him off to college where he became a radical leftist then over time reverted back to a conservative. Look no further than today in America for the results of such… Read more »

Last edited 5 days ago by Patriot Solutions
Green Mtn. Boy
Green Mtn. Boy
5 days ago

Free Kyle and jail the prosecutor !