A Wisconsin court imposed a $2 million bail for Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused of killing two protesters, Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding a third person, Gaige Grosskreutz in Kenosha on August 25.
Rittenhouse drove from his home in Illinois across state lines into Wisconsin where he told reporters he was part of a civilian militia to protect businesses from protests that broke out after the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Video from that night shows Rittenhouse walking down the streets brandishing a weapon as protests unfolded and eventually captures the confrontation that led to the fatal shootings.
A dispute broke out as protesters noticed Rittenhouse’s weapon. Rittenhouse allegedly fired five shots into Rosenbaum, killing him. Video of the incident goes on to show Rittenhouse running away and Huber running after him. Moments later, Huber was fatally shot by Rittenhouse and Grosskreutz was wounded.
Rittenhouse was not immediately arrested and even drove himself home following the shootings. Police did not arrest him until the following day.
Over $500,000 have been donated to cover Rittenhouse’s legal fees. He has garnered widespread support from conservative groups across the country. Court Commissioner Loren Keating cited this mounting financial and ideological support when labeling him a significant fly risk and ultimately rejecting his lawyers’ arguments to decrease the bail.
Rittenhouse will be tried as an adult and faces five criminal charges.
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