Prosecutors are attempting to introduce proof at trial that Kyle Rittenhouse is related to the Proud Boys and that he had a previous violent encounter on Kenosha’s lakefront.
The state filed an “different acts” movement Thursday asking the courtroom to confess proof at Rittenhouse’s trial for taking pictures three males throughout protests in Kenosha final August. The taking pictures left two males useless and one other severely injured. Rittenhouse, 18, is charged with two counts of murder and one among tried murder. He and his supporters have maintained that Rittenhouse was defending himself when he shot the boys.
Within the movement filed Thursday in Kenosha County Circuit Courtroom, Assistant District Attorneys Thomas Binger and Jason Zapf requested Choose Bruce Schroeder to permit them to confess proof that Rittenhouse is related to the Proud Boys, a bunch labeled as a terrorist group by the Canadian authorities and as a hate group by the U.S. based mostly Southern Poverty Regulation Heart.
It’s doubtless that if Rittenhouse was related to Black Lives Matter (not a violent terrorist group, by the best way) his actions can be framed considerably in a different way by right-wing media. However since he was preventing on the white and “proper” aspect, conservatives are sticking with the story that he was merely appearing in “self-defense.”
“Very similar to members of the Proud Boys take delight in violence, the defendant is evidently proud that he killed two folks and severely wounded a 3rd,” the prosecution movement said. “He has posed for selfies as if he’s a celeb. His household has offered merchandise together with his picture on it that celebrates his acts of violence. The truth that he has since celebrated his notoriety strongly means that he got down to obtain the aim of turning into well-known.”
In response to prosecutors, Rittenhouse’s affiliation with the Proud Boys is related as a result of “it goes to the defendant’s motive and intent for coming to Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020.”
On Jan. 5, Rittenhouse was photographed in a Wisconsin bar making the white supremacist “OK” signal. A video taken on the time included footage of his compatriots singing the Proud Boys anthem.
“The state has since realized that the folks with the defendant on the bar on Jan. 5, 2021 embrace the chief of the Wisconsin ‘Proud Boys’ group and several other of its highest-ranking members,” the prosecution said. “Clearly, the defendant shares their beliefs and has, the truth is, been named an honorary member of the group.”
Prosecutors additionally hope to introduce video of Rittenhouse sucker-punching a lady a month earlier than his Kenosha rampage. Rittenhouse is the one within the all-American shorts.
The prosecution’s movement describes the incident this manner: “The defendant grabs one of many two feminine youngsters (who’s carrying a black shirt) from the again as this feminine topic is grappling with one other feminine. The defendant then begins to punch her within the again repeatedly with a closed fist. As this feminine teenager is pulled away from the defendant resulting from her ongoing wrestle with one other feminine, the defendant chases after her and begins to punch her within the again once more.”
So there’s your exemplar of conservatism: A child who travels to a chaotic protest with an assault rifle, kills two folks, hangs out with violent right-wing agitators after the very fact and, oh yeah, punches women once they’re not wanting.
The GOP continues to devolve at lightning pace. I keep in mind a day when a conservative hero was a dude like William F. Buckley, who, so far as I do know, by no means as soon as sucker-punched Bella Abzug. He was simply an asshole. Can’t Republicans return to easily being assholes? Please?