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    A Lubbock, Texas, man was shot and killed while arguing with his ex-wife over their child custody arrangement, and it was all caught on cell phone video. The incident unfolded on Nov. 5, according to attorney Matthew L. Harris, who is representing the victim's widow. Harris says the footage was filmed by Jennifer Read. A Lubbock man was shot and killed after arguing with his ex-wife over their custody arrangemen ( Jennifer Read) Jennifer Read, widow of Chad Read, has filed a petition seeking to take custody of Chad Read's children from their mother, Christina Read. She has also filed suit against Kyle Carruth and also Vitruvian Development LLC for the her husband's shooting death, according to KCBD. She is seeking $50M in a wrongful death lawsuit.TEXAS MAN WHO GOT OVER $1M IN COVID FUNDS AND BOUGHT LAMBORGHINI GETS LONG PRISON SENTENCEJennifer Read claims Carruth failed to de-escalate the confrontation and used a gun even though no physical threat to life or property existed. The lawsuit states she and Chad Read went to his ex-wife’s place of business trying to find Chad’s...
    Oklahoma state Sen. Nathan Dahm (R) filed “Kyle’s Law” last week to shield state residents from politically-driven prosecution in situations where they act in self-defense. FOX23 reports the legislation, Senate Bill 1120, is designed to prevent residents from being forced to endure trials that are conducted for “political reasons.” Sen. Dahm noted if SB1120 becomes law it would also guarantee that “victims of malicious prosecution would be able to receive compensation for expenses and damages.” Dahm’s legislation is in response to the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the individual who two and killed two people–Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum–and wounded a third, Gaige Grosskreutz, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, 2020. Rittenhouse claimed self-defense and the jury agree with him, acquitting him of all charges on November 19, 2021. The trial was arduous on Rittenhouse, to say the least, and Sen. Dahm responded in a press release, saying, “Kyle Rittenhouse should never have been charged.” He then transitioned to SB1120, adding, “It is our duty to protect the rights of the people we represent, and the right to self-defense is paramount. This...
    KENOSHA, Wis. -- When he was acquitted of murder in shootings during unrest in Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse went from staring at possible life behind bars to red-hot star of the right: an exclusive interview with Tucker Carlson and a visit with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago capped by a photo of both men smiling and snapping a thumbs-up.For Rittenhouse, a year of legal uncertainty over whether his claim of self-defense would stand up has given way to uncertainty over what's next. He told Carlson, in an appearance that spiked the host's ratings by some 40%, that he hoped to become a nurse or maybe even a lawyer. He planned to "lay low" but would for sure leave the Midwest.Even as Rittenhouse figures out his next moves, fundraising continues on his behalf, ostensibly to retire legal bills from his trial but perhaps in recognition that he may face civil lawsuits over the shootings. Rittenhouse has hinted he may bring defamation claims of his own, and could seek possession of $2 million in bail money raised by his supporters.And some marketing experts say...
    By Armando Solis | Associated Press NUEVO URECHO, Mexico — Extortion of avocado growers in western Mexico has gotten so bad that 500 vigilantes from a so-called “self-defense” group known as United Towns, or Pueblos Unidos, gathered Saturday and pledged to aid police. The vigilantes gathered for a rally in the town of Nuevo Urecho, in the western state of Michoacan, armed with AR-15s and other rifles, as well as a motley collection of shotguns. They said that drug cartels like the Viagras and the Jalisco cartel have been charging avocado growers ‘war taxes’ of about $1,000 per acre ($2,500 per hectare). Tired of the extortion demands and kidnappings, growers and farmers formed the group in 2020, and it now claims to have almost 3,000 members. “Several of us have been victims of this situation, of kidnappings, extortions,” said one masked vigilante leader who asked his name not be used for fear of reprisals from the gangs. For the moment, the vigilantes appeared willing to respond to a pledge by Gov. Alfredo Ramirez Bedolla to disarm the state’s various ‘self...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/CNN) – Former President Donald Trump said he was recently visited by Kyle Rittenhouse at his Mar-a-Lago resort. “He called. He wanted to know if he could come over, say hello, because he was a fan,” Trump said during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity that aired Tuesday night. “He came over with his mother. Really a nice young man.” READ MORE: Study: COVID-19 Reinfection Is Rare, Severe Disease Even RarerThe teenager was acquitted on all charges after fatally shooting two people and wounding a third during protests in Wisconsin last summer. “That was prosecutorial misconduct. He should have not have had to suffer through a trial for that. He was going to be dead,” the former president said. READ MORE: COVID-19 Testing Sites In South FloridaThe two-week trial featured testimony from more than 30 witnesses, including Rittenhouse himself, and video clips from the night of the shootings during unrest sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man. The verdict opened a fresh debate over state laws on self-defense and the concept of vigilantism....
              moreby Kyle Shideler   The conclusion of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, in which the 18-year-old was found not guilty of murder or assault in the shootings of three rioters in the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, reflects a widening gap in how Americans conceive of justice and self-defense. For those cheering Rittenhouse’s exoneration, the case was a prototypical demonstration of rights and obligations of republican citizenship. A lawfully armed Rittenhouse joined with neighbors, in the absence of effective governance, to protect lives and property by putting out fires, cleaning up damage, and offering medical assistance to the injured. When he was directly assaulted for engaging in this activity, Rittenhouse defended himself, harming no one who had not directly placed him under reasonable fear for his life. In contrast, Rittenhouse’s opponents have a radically different conception of self-defense in which it is his assailants, Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber, and Gaige Grosskreutz, whose behavior was not only justifiable but righteous and worthy of celebration. As I have previously written, this view is sometimes termed “community self-defense,” in which upholding the demands of oppressed minority groups, and...
    By Jermont Terry, Chris Tye, and Clare Hymes CHICAGO (CBS Chicago/CBS News) — After a Georgia jury found three white men guilty of murder in the death last year of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black jogger, CBS 2 Legal Analyst Irv Miller said Wednesday that the defendants’ claim of self-defense in the case was inappropriate and “outrageous.” READ MORE: One Man Killed, One Wounded In Knife Fight At Clark/Lake Loop 'L' StationTravis McMichael, who fired the fatal shots, was convicted on all counts, including the charge of malice murder. His father Gregory McMichael and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan were convicted of felony murder and other charges. “This case this week in Georgia was an absolute abuse of use of self-defense,” Miller told CBS 2’s Chris Tye. “It outrageous to even come up with that as a defense in this case. But a jury saw through it.” Miller’s commentary on the Arbery case was in contrast to the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, which ended in a not guilty verdict on all counts in Kenosha, Wisconsin last week. In that...
    "The Five" reacted to the trial of Ahmaud Arbery in which three men were found guilty Wednesday of felony murder in Georgia, noting that this was an example of the justice system working.  "One thing that's also interesting is that we're celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow as a country, and we give thanks for our nation and our system [of] a trial by jury. It's sometimes … slow and it takes a long time – it's been a year and a half. But you know what? It works," Dana Perino said about the outcome in the Arbery case.  In addition to felony murder the defendants – Travis McMichael, 35; his father, Gregory McMichael, 65; and their neighbor William Bryan, 52 –  were also convicted of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony.  The younger McMichael was found guilty of "murder with malice," which is when a defendant deliberately and unlawfully kills a person.  AHMAUD ARBERY CASE: DEFENSE ACCUSED OF 'RACISM AND BIGOTRY' FOR 'TOENAILS' COMMENT IN CLOSING ARGUMENTS "The Five" panel continued on to discuss the stark differences...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- It is a contrast of cases: Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Kyle Rittenhouse in Wisconsin.RELATED | Ahmaud Arbery verdict: 3 Georgia men guilty on murder charges Prosecutors in Georgia and in Wisconsin both used show-and-tell techniques, displaying the guns that were fired with deadly results. Both prosecutors made nearly identical arguments against self-defense. But in the Georgia case against three men, the verdicts were nearly all guilty and in Kyle Rittenhouse's Wisconsin case, the verdict was not guilty. The question is why?RELATED | Kyle Rittenhouse trial: Jury reaches not guilty verdict in Kenosha shooting case"I think the short answer as to why there were different outcomes is what the video showed in each case," ABC 7 legal analyst Gil Soffer told the I-Team. "And the testimony in Rittenhouse, it was Rosenbaum principally who chased Rittenhouse, and Rittenhouse then back on his heels firing his weapon. And the Georgia case, it was clearly these defendants who gave chase and who forced the issue and who provoked the outcome. So, the facts were simply different on the core question...
    In the aftermath of last week's verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, some commentators saw the acquittal of a white Illinois teenager as an indictment of America. 'There's a two-tiered system here, where [black Americans] don't have the right to self-defense, in the same way [as white Americans],' CNN political commentator Van Jones said on Cuomo Prime Time on November 22.  'I don't have a Second Amendment right, in the same way.'  Jones claimed to be giving voice to a 'pain' in the black and progressive communities that apparently believe America's laws are not applied equally. 'There's still pain here about the sense of difference,' continued Jones. 'We don't have the right to self-defense and Second Amendment in the same way that others do.' Over the last six days, there have been three different murder cases that provide data points to help evaluate these concerns over the fair application of self-defense laws in American courtrooms.  3 CASES, 3 DIFFERENT OUTCOMES: (Left) Travis McMichael was found guilty for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. (Center) Andrew Coffee IV was acquitted on felony murder and attempted...
    An Oklahoma state senator filed a bill on Tuesday dubbed “Kyle’s Law,” inspired by the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, to protect Oklahomans who exercise their right of self-defense from facing trial for “political reasons.” State Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow) said the legislation, also called Senate Bill 1120, is designed to ensure “victims of malicious prosecution” are able to receive compensation for expenses and damages. Should the bill become law, if a person charged with murder is found not guilty due to justifiable homicide, the state would have to reimburse that person for all reasonable costs “including loss of wages, legal fees incurred, and other expenses involved in their defense.” The statement continues in part: When a homicide is determined to be justified and the accused establishes that they had sustained injury due to malicious prosecution, then that person will be awarded “fair and just compensation.” SB 1120 further states that in order to support a claim of malicious prosecution, the claimant must establish that the prosecution was instituted or instigated by the prosecutor and was without probable cause; that the...
    Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted last week of shooting three people, killing two of them, because, he said, he feared for his life. Some are claiming this verdict suggests that the legal system will be more supportive of those claiming self-defense at criminal trials. The United States Supreme Court has signaled its interest in striking down a New York gun regulation, because of its concern for poor commuters in New York City who need to defend themselves. So once the Supreme Court allows me to carry a concealed weapon while walking around New York City, it sounds like I would be justified in shooting someone anytime my life is threatened. Perhaps the next time a strange man follows me home, I should shoot him. Or if a catcaller says something about raping me or if I'm alone in a subway car and a man sits down next to me -- perhaps I should shoot them all. All of these situations pose a grave risk and all of them have happened to me many times over. It also seems that the "reasonable...
    "I used to be a fan of the prosecutors — not any more," Rittenhouse continued. "I believe there are still good prosecuting attorneys out there. But [Binger is] supposed to speak the truth and nothing but the truth, but he decided he wanted to lie and try to put me in prison for the rest of my life for defending myself." He added that it all was "sickening" to him. "This is a case that has nothing to do with politics — but politics were brought into it for people's own agenda," Rittenhouse added to Carlson. Kyle Rittenhouse tells Tucker why he lost faith in the justice system youtu.be Anything else? It's hard to argue with Rittenhouse's disgust regarding the prosecution's behavior: Binger strongly implied in his opening statement that Rittenhouse chased down and shot an unarmed Joseph Rosenbaum in the back — despite video evidence that was easily viewable just days after the August 2020 shooting that showed Rosenbaum chasing Rittenhouse. Later Schroeder blasted Binger for committing a "grave...
    The jury in the trial of three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery (pictured) has reached a verdict  Gunman Travis McMichael was found guilty on the charge of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony. His father, Gregory McMichael was found guilty of felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony. He was found not guilty of malice murder.  Neighbor William 'Roddie' Bryan was found guilty of felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony. He was found not guilty of malice murder and one count each of felony murder and aggravated assault.  After being sworn in more than two weeks ago, the disproportionately white jury heard from more than two dozen witnesses - including gunman Travis McMichael, the only defendant to take the witness stand - and was presented with evidence photos, police body camera video, autopsy reports and more. McMichael, 35, his father, Gregory McMichael, 65, and neighbor William 'Roddie' Bryan Jr., 52, all pleaded not guilty to charges including murder,...
    Former President Donald Trump welcomed 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse on Monday for a meeting at Mar-a-Lago. The meeting reportedly happened on Monday during Kyle’s publicized trip to the state of Florida, two sources familiar with the meeting told Breitbart News. Photo of the moment, obtained by Sean Hannity of Fox News, instantly began circulating online. pic.twitter.com/9HxmJVkB0c — Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) November 24, 2021 Rittenhouse was acquitted last Friday on the basis of self-defense for the killing of two men, Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, who attacked him during the Kenosha, Wisconsin riots of 2020. President Trump celebrated Friday’s acquittal. “Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse for being found INNOCENT of all charges. It’s called being found NOT GUILTY—And by the way, if that’s not self defense, nothing is!” the former president said in a statement. NEW! "Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse for being found INNOCENT of all charges. It’s called being found NOT GUILTY—And by the way, if that’s not self defense, nothing is!" – President Donald J. Trump pic.twitter.com/D56gd2K56f — Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) November 19, 2021 In 2020, as the media attempted...
              moreby Bold Staff   Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges on Friday, ending the highly publicized trial in Madison, Wis. On Aug. 25, 2020, Rittenhouse, 18, fatally shot two men and wounded a third during protests in Kenosha, Wis. Jury selection began on Nov. 1, 2021, and the final verdict has come after four days of jury deliberation. Rittenhouse was acquitted on all seven counts, which included the serious first-degree reckless homicide, primarily claiming self-defense. This high-profile case has become the center of the political and cultural discourse surrounding self-defense, guns, racism, media, and the judicial system. Here are ten responses to the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.10 responses to the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict@MrAndyNgo shares screenshots of accounts that “are inciting mass violence on Twitter.” Left-wing accounts are furious and are inciting mass violence on Twitter after Kyle #Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all the charges. #Kenosha pic.twitter.com/M62aHnqrjB — Andy Ngô ????️‍???? (@MrAndyNgo) November 19, 2021 2. @Public_Citizen shares a graphic contrasting the Rittenhouse situation to that of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Travyon Martin was an unarmed 17-year-old kid....
              moreby Anthony Gockowski   Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted in the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber (both white men) because of white supremacy, according to left-wing politicians and journalists. Rittenhouse shot three people (all white), killing two, in a claimed self-defense incident after he was charged by left-wing rioters during unrest in Kenosha last year. A jury cleared him of all charges on Friday. According to people like Rep. Cori Bush, Rittenhouse’s acquittal was “white supremacy in action.” “This system isn’t built to hold white supremacists accountable. It’s why Black and brown folks are brutalized and put in cages while white supremacist murderers walk free,” she said on Twitter. Rep. Ayanna Pressley said the verdict shows that “racism and white supremacy remain the bedrock of our legal system.” “This is the system working just the way it was designed to work. Two systems of justice. Separate and inherently unequal,” added Minnesota Rep. Ruth Richardson. An MSNBC writer claimed the Rittenhouse trial “was designed to protect white conservatives who kill.” “This country was built on the idea that white men had a particular kind of freedom and a particular...
    Late night comedian Stephen Colbert criticized the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict on Monday night. The host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS said he is not a legal expert but opined that if the teenager "didn't break the law, we should change the law." The suggestion was met with applause from his audience. A Wisconsin jury on Friday found the now-18-year-old not guilty on all charges related to the fatal shootings of two men and injuring another during a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. Rittenhouse argued the shootings were in self-defense. "So Rittenhouse was found 'not guilty,' but only a complete moron would celebrate this clear tragedy by making this guy a hero," Colbert added. SNL BLASTS KYLE RITTENHOUSE: 'HOPEFULLY, HE GOT ALL THAT SHOOTING OUT OF HIS SYSTEM BEFORE HE BECOMES A COP' “If he didn’t break the law, we should change the law.”— @StephenAtHome hits at Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal after killing 2 protesters and injuring 1 during Black Lives Matter demonstration. pic.twitter.com/gMPUQLmmI6— The Recount (@therecount) November 23, 2021 Colbert...
    An Illinois Democratic staffer who mocked the Waukesha attack that killed five and injured dozens in Wisconsin was fired for her 'callous and reprehensible' tweets in which she linked the massacre with Kyle Rittenhouse's highly-publicized acquittal last week.  Mary Lemanski, 46, a part-time social media director for the DuPage Democratic Party, had tweeted that the attack on Sunday 'was probably just self-defense,' and  'I'm sure he didn't want to hurt anyone. He came to help people.'  'Living in Wisconsin, he probably felt threatened.'   The since-deleted, scornful posts triggered outrage online.  Lemanski, a mother of two, then said her remarks were 'not in good taste' and resigned in a comment on the DuPage Democratic party Facebook page, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.  Democratic Party leaders for the county, located about 70 miles from Kenosha, quickly got rid of Lemanski on Monday. 'The Democratic Party of DuPage County immediately severed all ties with Mary Lemanski once we became aware of her callous and reprehensible posts,' County Chair Ken Mejia-Beal said in a statement.  Mary Lemanski, 46, who worked for the Democratic Party in DuPage County since 2018 as the...
    CNN, MSNBC and The New York Times are among the liberal media outlets that were constantly wrong about Kyle Rittenhouse – and one media watchdog kept receipts to prove it.  Journalist Drew Holden, who has become known for viral Twitter threads showcasing media hypocrisy and ice-cold takes, revisited the emotional and often misleading coverage of Rittenhouse on Friday.  A jury found Rittenhouse was acting in self-defense at the Kenosha riots in August 2020 when he shot and killed two men, Joseph Rosenbaum, and Anthony Huber, and injured a third man, Gaige Grosskreutz.  KYLE RITTENHOUSE COULD HAVE A DEFAMATION LAWSUIT AFTER MEDIA CALLED HIM RACIST MURDERER: LEGAL EXPERTS Journalist Drew Holden, who has become known for viral Twitter threads showcasing media hypocrisy and ice-cold takes, revisited coverage of Kyle Rittenhouse. The 18-year-old was found not guilty on all five charges against him, including first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment. Shortly afterwards, Holden took to Twitter and provided evidence of liberal media punditry gone wrong.  KYLE RITTENHOUSE TELLS TUCKER CARLSON...
    During an interview aired on Monday’s edition of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Kyle Rittenhouse said that his case was about self-defense, “shouldn’t have been a political case. It was made a political case. This had nothing to do with race,” and that if he had been convicted, “no one would ever be privileged to defend their life against attackers.” Rittenhouse said, [relevant remarks begin around 7:05] “I’ve never seen something so polarizing in my life. When it’s just — it’s obvious self-defense, if you look at the case, you look at the facts, no matter what your opinion is, or where you stand [on] it. This isn’t a — this wasn’t a political case. It shouldn’t have been a political case. It was made a political case. This had nothing to do with race, and the ways people are twisting this, it’s just sickening.” He later added, “[I]t wasn’t Kyle Rittenhouse on trial in Wisconsin. It was the right to self-defense on trial. And if I was convicted, no one would be able — no one would ever...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Kyle Rittenhouse has been acquitted of all criminal charges in Kenosha, Wisconsin, but now he is facing a new legal battle – who gets to keep the $2 million dollars bond that was posted for him? It is a tangled web of possibilities that CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar broke down on Monday night. READ MORE: Suspect In Waukesha Christmas Parade Tragedy, Darrell Brooks, Charged With Murder; He Has Long Criminal RecordRittenhouse spoke to Tucker Carlson on Fox News Monday night. He slammed his former defense team – saying they let him stay in jail longer than necessary and used him as a political pawn. Now, that defense team is suddenly back in the picture. “I was an innocent 17-year-old who was violently attacked and defended myself,” Rittenhouse told Carlson. This was the first time Rittenhouse spoke since he was acquitted last Friday. A Wisconsin jury agreed that he was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed Michael Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and shot and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, during civil unrest in Kenosha in...
    During an interview with WBUR’s “Here and Now” released on Monday, author and professor Ibram X. Kendi argued that the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse will “cause more people to want to bring weapons to peaceful protests and claim self-defense if they end up killing someone.” And that he’s worried that a person could bring an AR-15 to a protest, “people could seek to disarm that person in fear that they would harm somebody and then that person who brought the AR-15 can shoot to kill and then claim self-defense and be exonerated.” Kendi said, [relevant remarks begin around 12:50] “I think that is one of the greatest worries that I have and I know many people have expressed over the last few days, and really over the last few months and years, and that is that somebody who has worked with or praised white supremacist organizations can bring an AR-15 to an anti-racist demonstration, people could seek to disarm that person in fear that they would harm somebody and then that person who brought the AR-15 can shoot to kill...
    Far-left, anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour participated in a live conversation on Instagram with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis as part of what as branded an “Interfaith Response To White Supremacy” in the context of Kyle Rittenhouse’s not guilty verdict, stating that she did not “want to have” a conversation on whether Rittenhouse acted in self-defense, because she does not believe he should have possessed a gun in the first place. During the conversation,  Sarsour made it clear that she was not interested in actually examining the details of the case, such as if Rittenhouse acted in self-defense on that night of rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin. “I also don’t believe a 17-year-old boy has the maturity and is even legal to be carrying an assault weapon — a semi-automatic assault weapon. And that’s something that’s important for people to understand in the particular situation,” she began. “So that no matter what people want to say, self-defense, not self-defense, I don’t want to have that conversation,” she stated, admitting her desire to willfully ignore key facts of the case. “The question was, was it...
    Former NBA player Kwame Brown doesn’t want to hear stupid takes about Kyle Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse was acquitted this past Friday on all charges after shooting multiple people attacking him during a riot in Kenosha, WI in August 2020. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Rittenhouse breaks down after being found not guilty: pic.twitter.com/OJ8b1Smb28 — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 19, 2021 In reaction to the verdict, the former first overall pick in the NBA draft said the case was self-defense. “That to me, in my opinion, looked to me to be self-defense. The courts found it to be self-defense,” Brown told his fans. He further added, “A bunch of people are getting paid to push this racist sh*t. That’s all it is.” Boom ???? Former NBA star Kwame Brown says Kyle Rittenhouse acted in self defense & goes on to say the case was politicized by people who make a lot of money promoting racism even at the expense of a teenager. pic.twitter.com/486EKf6TCA — Melissa Tate (@TheRightMelissa) November 22, 2021 For those of...
    Rittenhouse was acquitted of multiple counts, including felony murder, last week after a jury agreed that he had in fact acted in self-defense when he fatally shot two men and wounded a third during the Black Lives Matter Riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer. What else? In a tweet posted Monday morning, the DuPage Democratic Party condemned Lemanski's tweets as "incredibly insensitive." We are deeply saddened by the tragedy in Waukesha.We are aware of statements made by a former member of our organization and find them to be incredibly insensitive and not in alignment of who we are as an organization. Our organization does not support hate in any form — DuPage Democrats (@DuPage Democrats) 1637593764 Lemanski, too, shared a statement she made on the DuPage Democrats page on her own Twitter account, in which she mustered up some form of an apology. Lemanski's account has since been made private, but a screenshot of her post can be seen below. Image Source: Twitter screenshot In another post, Lemanski complained about people being outraged over what...
    Sunny Hostin claimed Monday that Kyle Rittenhouse “wouldn’t be alive now” if he was black during a broadcast of ABC News’ “The View.” Fellow co-host Joy Behar asked Hostin if Rittenhouse would be freed if he was a black person, to which Hostin replied, “No, he wouldn’t be alive now.” (RELATED: Rittenhouse Lawyer Calls Out CNN And MSNBC For Lying About Kyle) WATCH: Hostin also said she did not believe that Rittenhouse’s actions were a clear case of self-defense. “I think that when you certainly go to a place with an AR-15-style weapon, and you shoot someone and you’re running away from that shooting and people are running after you because they think you’re an active shooter, I don’t know that that is a cut and dry self-defense case as to second person and the third person,” Hostin said. “This is sort of a bellwether of where we are as a country,” Hostin continued, “When you have people now, I think, that will be afraid to exercise their constitutional right to protest. Because now this country, really, has said,...
    An Illinois Democratic staffer brazenly mocked the Waukesha SUV tragedy that killed five and injured dozens in Wisconsin on Sunday, sarcastically equating the incident to Kyle Rittenhouse's highly-publicized acquittal last week. 'It was probably just self-defense,' Mary Lemanski, 46, reportedly the social media director for the Democratic Party in DuPage County, wrote on Twitter Sunday night in the wake of the Wisconsin attack, in the first of a string of since-deleted, scornful posts.   'Living in Wisconsin, he probably felt threatened,' Lemanski continued in her late-night tirade, referring to the SUV driver in the Waukesha case. 'I'm sure he didn't want to hurt anyone,' she added. 'He came to help people.' Illinois Democratic staffer set off social media with a string of since-deleted social media posts Sunday night mocking the tragic attack on a parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, that saw at least five people die The posts seemed to make light of the successful self-defense argument that 18-year-old Rittenhouse and his defense team made during the teen's recent trial over two shooting deaths in Kenosha last year - which saw...
    What else? Rittenhouse's acquittal was widely panned on social media over the weekend, with many people saying that Rittenhouse's race was able to get him off scot-free. Protests also broke out in several cities across the country. Civil rights attorney Shavar Jeffries on Friday told The Hill that the verdict "speaks to the dramatic differences in perspective people have, based on racial background, about justice in our country." "For many people of color, the idea that they could show up with an assault rifle at the site of a rally, kill people, and find themselves exonerated is something beyond comprehension," Jeffries insisted.
    And prohibitions on possessing guns in public could soon change if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a New York law. As Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted in two killings that he said were self-defense, armed civilians patrolled the streets near the Wisconsin courthouse with guns in plain view. In Georgia, testimony in the trial of Ahmaud Arbery's killers showed that armed patrols were commonplace in the neighborhood where Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was chased down by three white men and shot. The two proceedings sent startling new signals about the boundaries of self-defense as more guns emerge from homes amid political and racial tensions and the advance of laws that ease permitting requirements and expand the allowable use of force. Across much of the nation, it has become increasingly acceptable for Americans to walk the streets with firearms, either carried openly or legally concealed. In places that still forbid such behavior, prohibitions on possessing guns in public could soon change if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a New York...
    After Sunday’s Christmas parade horror in Waukesha, Wisconsin, an Illinois Democrat appeared to portray the tragedy as a form of payback for Friday’s acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha. "It was probably self-defense," read one of a series of mocking social media posts from Mary Lemanski, who is listed as the social media director for the Democratic Party in DuPage County, Illinois. Lemanski also describes herself as an acting student with the famed Second City comedy group. "Living in Wisconsin, he probably felt threatened," read another post attributed to Lemanski, referring to the SUV driver in the Waukesha case. WAUKESHA PARADE HORROR: PERSON OF INTEREST IN CUSTODY, FATALITIES REPORTED "I’m sure he didn’t want to hurt anyone," she added. "He came to help people." The messages appeared to mock the self-defense argument that Rittenhouse and his defense team made during their recent trial – an argument with which a Wisconsin jury apparently agreed as they found the 18-year-old not guilty of murder in connection with two shooting deaths last year. "The blood of Kyle Rittenhouse’s victims is on the hands...
    Donald Trump Jr. speaks January 6, 2021, in Washington at a rally in support of Donald Trump. Jacquelyn Martin/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Not long after a jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse on all charges on Friday, Donald Trump Jr. chimed in with support for the teenager, who shot and killed two people and wounded another in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. The verdict, which came after a tense trial in which Rittenhouse claimed self-defense, has been loudly praised among conservatives as a vindication for Second Amendment rights and criticized by many others, who worry it will embolden gun-toting men to take the law into their own hands. Trump Jr. wasted no time following the verdict, going on Twitter to amplify a far-right gun group’s campaign to send Rittenhouse a free rifle as a sort of congratulatory award. “Gun Owners of America is sending Kyle Rittenhouse an AR-15. Sign the card in support of Kyle,” Trump Jr. wrote in a since-deleted tweet, urging his 7.1 million followers to...
    Crime has become front and center for people who live in San Francisco, California, and now people are taking their safety into their own hands by enrolling in self-defense courses and installing high-tech security systems in their homes. According to an August, 2021, report published on the Safewise home security website, San Francisco comes in 6th in the Top 10 most dangerous cities in America, with two other California cities making the list — Stockton came in 9th and Bakersfield 10th. The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the development: With San Francisco mired in an intensifying debate over crime and public safety, the lessons taught by instructors like Chow are in greater demand. Several operators of self-defense schools and people who sell security equipment said they are seeing an uptick in business. San Francisco — which has long struggled with a high rate of theft crimes — has not experienced major increases in violent crime this year, according to police figures, but more burglaries, robberies and other crimes are being captured on videos that spread virally on social media, and...
    (AP) — As Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted in two killings that he said were self-defense, armed civilians patrolled the streets near the Wisconsin courthouse with guns in plain view. In Georgia, testimony in the trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers showed that armed patrols were commonplace in the neighborhood where Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was chased down by three white men and shot. READ MORE: Personal Struggles Inspired Santosha Co. Founder To Create All-Natural Beauty CompanyThe two proceedings sent startling new signals about the boundaries of self-defense as more guns emerge from homes amid political and racial tensions and the advance of laws that ease permitting requirements and expand the allowable use of force. Across much of the nation, it has become increasingly acceptable for Americans to walk the streets with firearms, either carried openly or legally concealed. In places that still forbid such behavior, prohibitions on possessing guns in public could soon change if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a New York law. The new status quo for firearms outside the home was on prominent display last week...
    Eighteen-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse declared following acquittal in his homicide trial that “self-defense is not illegal.” In an interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson’s film crew after the Wisconsin jury’s verdict on Friday, the young man was asked how it felt to be cleared of the charges against him, the Hill reported. “The jury reached the correct verdict,” Rittenhouse commented, adding, “Self-defense is not illegal.” December. Tucker Carlson Originals. Fox Nation. pic.twitter.com/Pf8xOInARn — Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) November 20, 2021 In addition, the young man said he had dreams about what happened to him “every single night.” “It’s quite scary, actually, because the dreams feel so real and they’re not the same at all. They’re all different,” he continued: They’re the different scenarios that run through your head during the day like, what could have happened. Like, I’m alive but what could have happened, like what if I wasn’t alive? Or what if I did let Mr. Rosenbaum steal my gun? It’s those type of dreams of the outcome. It’s bad but almost every outcome is either is me getting seriously injured...
    Kyle Rittenhouse speaks with his attorneys.Sean Krajacic/Pool/Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Two days before a nearly all-white jury bought Kyle Rittenhouse’s claim he was acting in self-defense when he shot three men, killing two, at a Black Lives Matter protest, Maddesyn George, a 27-year-old Native mother, was sitting in a courtroom in Eastern Washington, waiting to learn how many years she would have to spend in federal prison for a shooting a white man she said had raped her. George, a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, admits she killed Kristopher Graber in July 2020. The two had been friends; in a police interview, she said was at Graber’s house doing scratch-off tickets when he got on top of her and raped her with a vibrator. When she protested, he pulled out a gun, George told the tribal detective. Graber eventually fell asleep, and George took the gun from him, along with cash and drugs, according to prosecutors. Then she left. The next day, Graber went...
    RACINE, WIS. (CBS) — After Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges in the August 2020 shootings in Kenosha that left two men dead and another wounded, defense attorney Mark Richards said the teen “wants to get on with his life” and “has a huge sense of relief for what the jury did to him.” Rittenhouse, 18, broke down crying, and nearly collapsed, his legs shaking, as a court clerk announced he’d been found guilty of five felony counts in the shooting deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, during widespread civil unrest in Kenosha last summer after a white Kenosha police officer shot a Black man, Jacob Blake. READ MORE: Protesters In Chicago Denounce Justice System After Rittenhouse AcquittalRittenhouse had faced five counts, including charges of first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree intentional homicide, and attempted first-degree attempted homicide. He faced up to life in prison had he been convicted. “We’re very happy with the verdict. We’re happy that the jury took the time to put in an incredible amount of effort....
    KENOSHA, WIS. (CBS) — Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges on Friday, after his trial for shooting three people, killing two of them in Kenosha last year. Rittenhouse broke down in tears, nearly collapsing as a court clerk announced the jury had found him not guilty of all charges. He had faced five counts, including charges of first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree intentional homicide, and attempted first-degree attempted homicide. He faced up to life in prison had he been convicted. READ MORE: Protesters In Chicago Denounce Justice System After Rittenhouse AcquittalFox News’ Tucker Carlson tweeted Rittenhouse’s comment as he rode in the passenger seat of a car following the verdict. “The jury reached the correct verdict. Self-defense is not illegal, and I believe they came to the correct verdict – and I’m glad that everything went well,” Rittenhouse said in the video tweeted by Carlson. “It’s been a rough journey, but we made it through it. We made it through the hard part.” There was no question Rittenhouse shot anyone, and the trial boiled down to whether...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Rittenhouse verdict is getting a lot of reaction. The jury deliberated for more about 26 hours. Legal expert Joe Tamburino, who is not involved in this case, watched the trial closely. He breaks down some of the key takeaways. “It seems what the jury did is they honed in on one fact. Which is what happened between the defendant and the alleged victims,” Tamburino said. READ MORE: Why Did Judge Drop Kyle Rittenhouse's Gun Charge?Tamburino, who is licensed to practice in Minnesota and Wisconsin, says there are a lot of pieces to this case, but in the end? “It came down to what did Mr. Rittenhouse face when he was confronted by these individuals. And they believe he thought his life was I danger, because under WI law which is similar to MN, if you feel that there is an imminent threat that you could die you’re allowed to use great bodily harm or deadly force,” Tamburino said. He believes a pivotal moment in the trial is when alleged victim Gaige Grosskreutz testified. The shooting survivor...
    Attorney Mark Richards told Chris Cuomo on Friday night that there are too many firearms in the United States. Hours after securing not guilty verdicts on all counts for his client, Kyle Rittenhouse, the lawyer shared his thoughts on the trial, as well broader legal issues. Early on in the interview, Richards told Cuomo that his client regrets going to Kenosha that night “a hundred times over,” but that he didn’t do anything wrong, legally. Richards had argued at trial that Rittenhouse had acted in self-defense when he fatally shot two people and wounded another during civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2020. “These laws, there’s been an evolution or a devolution, I would call it,” said Cuomo. “No duty to retreat, making it easier and easier for somebody to pull the trigger in their own defense, serious bodily injury, having the prosecutor have to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt that self-defense wasn’t necessary, stand your ground laws. Are you worried that we’re making it too easy to kill in self-defense?” This was Richards’ response: To me – and...
    Just hours after Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all accounts, CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said he finds the verdict “defensible.” Rittenhouse fatally shot two people and wounded another amid civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2020. Armed with a rifle, he traveled from neighboring Illinois, he said, to help clean graffiti and protect private property. His attorneys argued he acted in self-defense. Anderson Cooper asked Toobin if he was surprised by the verdict. “Not really,” he replied. “This was always a tough case for the prosecution.” He called the lionization of Rittenhouse by some “appalling,’ but added, “The actual verdict in this courtroom, based on this evidence, is a defensible one, I think.” Cooper said that the prosecution’s argument appeared to rely on the notion that Rittenhouse should not have been present in the first place, but the jury seemed unconvinced. “And there were problems with the prosecution theory,” said Toobin. “Think of the three people that he shot. [Joseph] Rosenbaum chased him. The other one attacked him with a skateboard. The third… pulled a gun on...
    By Sam Hoober A jury in Wisconsin did the right thing and acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse. While a person could point out that he put himself in the situation to begin with (totally true; he could have stayed home) the video evidence is incontrovertible. He defended himself. Period. To pretend otherwise is to be disingenuous on purpose or to delude one’s self. However, if you’re an armed citizen, this is what should scare the hell out of you: the only thing that kept this young man out of prison was the gun charge getting tossed. While the jury came back with the right decision, the margins for victory were slimmer than you might think. Wisconsin law, as was discussed plenty in the news cycle concerning the trial, abrogates the ability of a defendant to claim self-defense if the act occurred during the commission of a crime. If Rittenhouse was deemed to illegally possess the rifle, that would be a crime in and of itself and he couldn’t claim self-defense, and it’s likely he would have been convicted of at least one...
    Former President Donald Trump issued a statement Friday evening through his Save America PAC following the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. “Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse for being found INNOCENT of all charges. It’s called being found NOT GUILTY – And by the way, if that’s not self defense, nothing is!” Trump said in the statement. (RELATED: Tulsi Gabbard Says ‘Government Was Motivated By Politics’ In Rittenhouse Trial, Which ‘Should Be Considered Criminal’) pic.twitter.com/d9yRWvJ4mn — J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) November 20, 2021 The jury in Kenosha acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of all counts brought against him, with the most serious charge being first-degree reckless homicide. Rittenhouse collapsed to the floor as the jury read out their “not-guilty” verdicts. President Joe Biden told reporters Friday that he stands by the jury’s decision to acquit Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges, but later released a statement saying he was “angry and concerned” by the verdict. Back in 2020 when then-candidate Biden was running for President, he likened Kyle Rittenhouse to a white supremacist along with several other politicians who also claimed Rittenhouse was a murderer...
    Deputies returned fire with more than a dozen rounds shot towards the bedroom, according to court records. Andrew's 21-year-old girlfriend, Alteria Woods, was killed after reportedly being struck by 10 bullets fired by the SWAT team, including one bullet that entered her chest. Woods' family said Alteria worked as a pharmacy technician, who was attending Indian River State College, where she was studying to become a pharmacist. In January, Woods' mother filed a federal lawsuit for misconduct against the deputies who shot and killed her daughter during the early morning raid. In July 2017, a grand jury cleared SWAT team members of any criminal charges in the fatal raid, and a sheriff's office internal investigation cleared them of any violations of policies and procedures. In the elder Coffee's bedroom, deputies said they found marijuana cigarettes, crack cocaine, 10 Hydromorphone pills, and one oxycodone pill. The younger Coffee was acquitted of all of the murder charges after claiming he fired in self-defense. However, he was found guilty of possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon. Coffee...
    Rittenhouse would have served a mandatory life sentence in prison if he had been convicted. But in the end, the jury favored the defense team's arguments of self-defense over the prosecution's claims of murder.What else?As the trial unfolded, legal experts began characterizing the prosecution's bid as an uphill climb. Videos of incidents viewed by the public appeared to show Rittenhouse being chased down and physically threatened before firing any shots. But in their closing arguments to the jury, the prosecution argued that Rittenhouse provoked the "entire incident" of fatalities by bringing a gun to the protests. They also argued that by bringing the gun, the defendant gave up his right to self-defense — an argument that flies in the face of both state and federal law. "You lose the right to self-defense when you're the one who brought the gun," said Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger. He later added, "You cannot claim self-defense against a danger you create. If you're the one threatening others, you lose the right to claim self-defense." Elsewhere, the prosecution team seemed to...