On Tuesday, opening statements in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, an18-year-old aspiring police officer accused of fatally shooting two men and wounding a third on the night of Aug. 25, 2020, as BLM riots raged in the streets of Kenosha in response to a white-on-black police shooting.
While prosecutors have slapped the teen with two counts of homicide and one count of attempted homicide, Rittenhouse has pleaded not guilty to all charges, claiming self-defense.
Now, new footage has emerged which bolsters his case.
Before the shooting began, Rittenhouse, 17 at the time, was had arrived in Kenosha in order to help keep order and protect businesses from looting and arson.
"People are getting inured, and our job is to protect this business, and part of my job is also to help people. If there’s somebody hurt, I’m running into harm’s way. That’s why I have my rifle, because I need to protect myself obviously. But I also have my med kit," Rittenhouse said in footage recorded before the incident.
During the course of the evening, protesters became increasingly violent against Rittenhouse and the group he was with - eventually chasing the teen down the street when protester Joseph Rosenbaum was shot dead in the parking lot of a used car dealership. Shortly thereafter, Rittenhouse could be seen defending himself on the ground from multiple attackers - when he fatally wounded another, and shot the bicep of protester Gaige Grosskreutz who had drawn a pistol and was in the process of aiming it at the teen.
I will. In the first photo, we see one of the men bludgeoning Kyle Rittenhouse with his skateboard. In the other two photos, we see a man who—as Rittenhouse is laying on the ground—draws a pistol in an attempt to murder Rittenhouse, only to be shot himself. pic.twitter.com/RPQw8cpQqS— Francis Curt 🇻🇦 (@fcXXXIII) November 2, 2021
At the time, this footage captured by journalist Brendan Gutenschwager, was all we had to go on.
The Kyle Rittenhouse Shooting: WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED!— Scooter Downey ☦️ 🇺🇸 (@TrueLegendFilms) October 26, 2021
Commentary from journalists @JackPosobiec and @ElijahSchaffer, edited by @jondutoit. From https://t.co/DmPO8WAg6k by @Lauren_Southern 1/3 https://t.co/tMdRhmVHGd pic.twitter.com/zS3iNBWmXr
Now, Human Events' Jack Posobiec reveals that the FBI sat on potentially exonerating evidence in the Rittenhouse case, where threats against Kyle can clearly be heard before he opened fire, as well as what appear to be muzzle flashes from people shooting at the teen. We recommend playing full screen.
WOW...they have FLIR footage of Rosenbaum chasing Kyle Rittenhouse from the FBI. You can clearly see the muzzle flashes from the 9mm fired at Rittenhouse.— Selfless Thoughtful Human Delight (@SavageNoMore) November 2, 2021
Holy shit. He should have never been charged.— Ray Epps FBI (@SeaLevel18) November 2, 2021
According to legal experts, Rittenhouse has a strong case.
To be clear:— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 2, 2021
The footage released by Human Events today clearly shows for the first time that Kyle Rittenhouse acted in self-defense and this case never should have been brought to trial
This is malicious prosecution