As the mounting blunders by the prosecution and their ‘star witnesses’ stack up, the charges against Kyle Rittenhouse are starting to be dismissed. Off the table first is the charge against a curfew citation.
With the prosecution resting its care against Rittenhouse, the defense purposed that they had not made an argument about a curfew being in place; a topic Judge Bruce Schroeder could not help but agree with.
While the defense was unsuccessful in its bid to have the ‘possession of a dangerous weapon by a minor’ charge dropped a second time, it got people talking. Given the charges Rittenhouse is still facing despite the number of failures by the prosecution to provide he acted with malice or ill will, it is starting to look like a slam dunk win for Rittenhouse.
Any direction this case ends up going, Rittenhouse has found himself charged with reckless and intentional homicides in the killing of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and attempted homicide for wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, now 27, with a bullet to the arm, on Aug. 25.
These lives, the lives of those who love/loved them, and the lives of those at that scene are irreparably changed. Yet the continued push to prosecute Rittenhouse won’t do anything. It’s not going to bring them back, and it’s not going to fix the incidents of that night.
What will help here, though, is the truth.
The truth is that Rittenhouse was there and fired his weapon after being attacked. This was not some psycho roaming the streets as a death squad for anyone he encountered; despite video evidence showing that those who attacked him were just that themselves. This has been more a case of ‘attack first, ask questions later’ on the behalf of those who were shot, not by Rittenhouse.
Grosskreutz is a paramedic who testified on Monday. During this testimony, he made it clear that Rittenhouse didn’t fire upon him while his hands were raised; only when he went for his own firearm. A firearm that he was carrying with an expired license.
As Grosskreutz said “I believe in the Second Amendment…I’m for people’s right to carry and bear arms. That night was no different than any other day. It’s keys, phone, wallet, gun.”
Rittenhouse knows he made a mistake and found what he was looking for, a problem. While he has given testimony that he was not ‘highly trained or highly equipped’, this is an assessment made by a former elite-level service member, and given his age should not be surprising.
Also heard was the testimony of the dealership Rittenhouse was defending, claiming they didn’t ask him to be there. Yet for all intents and purposes, they did not dissuade his presence either. This mixed signaling after the fact does nobody any good.
The fact of the matter here is Rittenhouse came to the scene looking to prevent more violence. Sometimes this has to be done at the tip of the sword, or in this case the barrel of a rifle. Love or hate what he did, these actions quite possibly saved more lives than they cost.
Given the other footage of that night that has been released from across the area, it was clearly becoming a very volatile and out-of-control situation.
Situations like these are where the people need to be ready and trained to defend themselves. While not at an elite level, this was a responsibility Rittenhouse took seriously, and one he performed well.
From all accounts, Rittenhouse was calm and did the right things. It was those who found themselves on the firing end of his rifle that brought the fight to him, and in two people’s cases they found out what they won in the ‘play stupid games, win stupid prizes’ contest.