Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Political Prosecution: Kyle Rittenhouse Charged with Curfew Violation from August Riots

Image of flying kick attack at Rittenhouse from the, cropped, scaled and text added by Dean Weingarten.

On 25 August, 2020, Kyle Rittenhouse was chased and attacked by multiple attackers while attempting to escape them. He shot and killed two of the attackers. He wounded a third, Gaige Grosskruetz, as Grosskruetz lunged at him at close range with a loaded semi-auto handgun Grosskruetz had drawn from concealment. 

The two white men he killed were violent felons with long criminal histories. 

Rittenhouse immediately attempted to turn himself in to police. In the chaos of the riots was told to go home instead.

He turned him self in the next day in his home town in Illinois, 15 miles from the shooting scene in Kenosha.

The prosecutors in Kenosha have ignored all the video evidence in order to charge Kyle Rittenhouse with the most significant crimes they can imply. He is charged with intentional homicide, and faces life in prison if convicted. The prosecutor is not content with these acts of political theater. Four months after the fact, Kyle has been charged with violating the curfew on 25 August, 2020.


Prosecutors have charged a 17-year-old Illinois teen accused of shooting three people during a protest in Kenosha this summer with violating the curfew that night.

Kyle Rittenhouse was charged in August with multiple counts, including reckless and intentional homicide, endangerment and being a minor in possession of a firearm.

Prosecutors added violating curfew the night of the shootings to the list of charges on Monday.

The offense is a civil citation punishable by forfeiture.

In discussion on an Internet forum, some of the responses were satirical. Satire is always difficult to do well on the Internet.

The writers suggested the prosecutor include more charges against Kyle.

They suggested he be charged with jaywalking, littering (he did not police up his brass after the shooting). One commentor suggested he be charged with loitering. 

No one suggested "Disturbing the peace". Wisconsin law specifically exempts open carry from being considered as "disturbing the peace", but, as shots were fired when Kyle was attacked, perhaps disturbing the peace could be added.

Another outlet, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reports that 150 people were arrested for curfew violations during the 10 days of riots and protests. They report the ACLU of Wisconsin has called for all citations to be dismissed on 9 September. From

The ACLU of Wisconsin on Wednesday called for Kenosha curfew violations issued during the recent unrest there to be dismissed, saying the curfew was never lawfully imposed, just announced by the sheriff.

According to the ACLU, Sheriff David Beth had no legal authority to declare a curfew on Aug. 24, the day after violence and arson broke out amidst protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Online, some suggest President Trump should pardon Kyle Rittenhouse, give the obvious political nature of the charges. Others quickly noted that presidential pardons only apply to federal crimes. The crimes Kyle Rittenhouse is charged with are state offenses. 

President Trump could pardon Kyle Rittenhouse' friend, Dominick Black, who purchased the rifle he loaned to Kyle Rittenhouse on 25 August. Rittenhouse could legally possess the rifle in Wisconsin, but could not legally purchase it from a federal dealer. 

It is theoretically possible for Black to be charged illegally purchasing the rifle under federal law, although the rifle was kept at his home in Wisconsin.

President Trump could preemptively pardon Black. Federal prosecutors have not shown any interest in charging Black at this point. It is not illegal to purchase a rifle and to hold it for someone who could legally purchase it later. Rittenhouse will turn 18 on 3 January, 2021.

That complicates the charges, slightly. 

A political Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) might decide to seek prosecution of Black under a Biden/Harris administration.

The latest charge, for a curfew violation, smacks of desperation by the prosecutors.

It is hard to see how a Kenosha jury could convict Kyle after viewing the abundant video evidence from multiple angles.


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Anonymous said...

Decades ago the USSC overturned all Jay walking and vagrancy laws across this country. there is no constitutional requirement for any one to have a job or be holding money. Too many jurisdictions were ticketing people for stepping into the street to enter there car and calling it jay walking. The USSC never looks for laws or acts to take action on there must be a case filed and accepted for hearing. Fact too many laws and acts that exist are in fact unconstitutional. Most of those laws and acts were passed by liberal morons. Most of those laws and acts violate the legal tenant of no law can be construed to say any thing not physically written in the law. we are ruled by written laws not individual's opinions of what they think the law means. Control freaks are mostly democrat, liberal of in the legal system with some position of authority Idiot legislator that seem to have never even read the constitution, Judges that make law from the bench , attorneys that make their living twisting the law and high school bullies pined on a badge.

Anonymous said...

If you want to see a judge lose it recite a law verbatim and correct their interpretation of that law on the record. 22 verbatim recitations in the same hearing caused the judge to order the transcript edited. A 45 minute hearing had about ten minutes of audio.

ScienceABC123 said...

The prosecutors in Kenosha might end-up having to charge Kyle Rittenhouse with "jaywalking" as that's the only possible crime the videos might support. Of course, the prosecutors in Kenosha will try very hard to keep those videos out of the courtroom.

BT2PO2 said...

How many other people have been charged with a "curfew violation" stemming from that mostly peaceful demonstration the night Kyle Rittenhouse was forced to defend himself? It is so obvious that Mr. Rittenhouse is being persecuted rather than prosecuted.