[News] 17-Year-Old 'Blue Lives Matter' Vigilante Charged with Murder After 2 People Killed, 1 Wounded During Tense Jacob Blake Protests in Kenosha

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August 26, 2020 

Police have charged Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, of Antioch, Illinois, with
first-degree murder after two people were killed and one wounded amid
protests Tuesday night in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Social media photos and
videos showed a young man toting an assault rifle, said by some online
to be a member of a vigilante white supremacist "boogaloo" group [1]
called upon by its members to defend the city against protesters
outraged by the police shooting of unarmed black man Jacob Blake [2]
earlier this week. 

Other reports said a militia/domestic terrorist group called the Kenosha
Guard had posted a "call to arms" to its followers Facebook, writing,
"Any patriots willing to take up arms and defend our city tonight from
the evil thugs?" 

The Verge reports [3]: "The event was also promoted by Infowars, which
posted a screenshot of the Facebook event listing. The listing is no
longer publicly accessible but, reached on Facebook, the Kenosha Guard
account confirmed to _The Verge_ that the screenshots were authentic.
The group's Facebook page has also been taken down, but it boasted more
than 3,000 members as of this morning." 

The Daily Dot reports [4]: "According to the Lake County, Illinois Clerk
of Courts public records [5], obtained by the Daily Dot, Rittenhouse has
been charged with first-degree murder in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and labeled
a 'fugitive from justice.' The complaint states that Rittenhouse 'fled
the state of Wisconsin with intent to avoid prosecution for that

The Daily Dot adds [4]: "A Facebook profile purportedly belonging to the
teen is rife with pro-police content. In his profile pic, he poses with
a high-powered rifle that appears identical to the Kenosha shooters. The
image's frame reads, 'Duty Honor Courage Blue Lives Matter.' Other
videos online purportedly show the shooter hanging out with heavily
armed civilians at last night's protest and being given water and
thanked by police. This was presumably prior to the shooting. 'We
appreciate you guys, we really do,' an officer says in the video [6]. In
yet another video the alleged shooter says that he and the other armed
men are there to protect lives and property." 

The NYT noted earlier that much of the activity at the location of the
shootings centered around a gas station near a park from which
protesters had been forced by police: [7] "There, a group of men with
guns stood outside, promising to protect the property and verbally
sparring with the arriving protesters. As the night stretched on, the
gas station became a tense gathering spot, with bystanders watching from
parked cars and people milling around in the street, arguing and
occasionally shoving each other." 

_The Washington Post_ earlier reported [8] on the killings after video
and photos were posted to social media: "Two people were killed and one
was seriously wounded by gunfire late Tuesday at a protest over the
police shooting of Jacob Blake Jr., Kenosha police said [9] early
Wednesday. … Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth told the _Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel [10] _that police are searching for a man seen in video
footage holding a long gun." 

_The Guardian_ reported [11] on alleged footage of Rittenhouse: "Social
media users posted a series of images including video that appeared to
show the same individual at key points during the confrontation,
including interacting with police in a tactical vehicle who say they
'appreciate' the alleged vigilantes' help and give them bottled water. …
In these pictures, the man, who appears to be in his late teens or early
20s, carries an assault-style rifle, a distinctive black and orange
shoulder bag, wearing what appear to be purple nitrile gloves of the
kind used by first aiders and hospital staff. … The footage shows the
same individual with the same distinctive bag and gloves appearing
holding a weapon and approaching the spot where a young white man
without a shirt has fallen with a gunshot wound to the head. … Other
footage, from different angles, then shows what appears to be the same
man jogging down a street being pursued by others. … The alleged gunman
is finally seen heading north towards several police tactical vehicles,
with his arms raised as the tactical vehicles drive by him." 

Warning: some of the footage is graphic. 


[2] https://www.towleroad.com/2020/08/jacob-blake-kenosha-shooting/
[4] https://www.dailydot.com/debug/2-killed-by-vigilante-wisconsin/
[5] https://www.scribd.com/document/473738125/People-v-Kyle-Rittenhouse
[6] https://twitter.com/berniebromanny/status/1298509857134465025?s=20
[9] https://twitter.com/KenoshaPolice/status/1298553070729789440
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