Understanding the Kyle Rittenhouse Case

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Rittenhouse continued to run. The Washington Post reports that he was chased by a crowd that included Huber. Rittenhouse also passed by Grosskreutz, who was livestreaming the scene. Grosskreutz took out his pistol and began to chase Rittenhouse. 

The Post reports, “After a few yards, Rittenhouse stumbled and fell to the ground. An unidentified man ran toward him and delivered a flying kick. Rittenhouse fired at him but missed. Then came Huber, who swung a skateboard at Rittenhouse’s shoulder and reached for his rifle. Rittenhouse fired again, hitting Huber in the chest. Last came Grosskreutz, who ran toward Rittenhouse with his pistol drawn. Rittenhouse raised his rifle and shot. A bullet tore through Grosskreutz’s right biceps.” 

Who were the victims? 

Rittenhouse shot and killed 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and 26-year-old Anthony Huber. He also shot Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, who survived and testified at the trial. 

According to the Post, Rosenbaum was a homeless man who had spent years in prison for sex crimes against children. That day he had been released from a hospital after a suicide attempt and, according to the Post, “dumped on the streets of Kenosha.” CNN reports that Rosenbaum was unarmed, and threw what looked like a plastic bag at Rittenhouse. CNN reports that video footage shows Rosenbaum following Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse shot him four times. On the stand Rittenhouse said, “If I would have let Mr. Rosenbaum take my firearm from me, he would have used it and killed me with it and probably killed more people.” 

Huber, the Post reports, had been friends with Blake, the police shooting victim. Grosskreutz was a former paramedic and an anti-police-violence activist. He was at the protests dispensing medical care. He was armed with a pistol and had a concealed-carry permit. 

What did the jury decide? 

The jury found Rittenhouse not guilty of all five counts, including homicide. 

Why do people keep talking about the judge? 

The judge in the Rittenhouse case, Bruce Schroeder, has drawn his own headlines throughout the proceedings. For one, during pretrial, he clarified that the word victims should not be used, which the Times reports is common practice in criminal cases. But he also said that the words looters and rioters could potentially be applied to the men shot by Rittenhouse if Rittenhouse’s lawyers could bring applicable evidence. 

Schroeder allowed Rittenhouse to draw slips for the selection of the 12 jurors who would give a verdict on the case, the Daily Beast reports. Offering an explanation, Schroeder said that when he last allowed a clerk to draw names for the jury, as is customary, the only person who was not selected from the pile was “a Black, the Black, the only Black.”  

In another moment, Schroeder tangled with a lawyer for the prosecution over a line of questioning, becoming angry. And at one point, he began to sing, a cappella, the jazz tune “Autumn Leaves.” 

What’s going to happen next? 

According to ABC7Chicago, protests have not yet broken out in Kenosha by 2:55 p.m. on Friday, though the state’s governor, Tony Evers, had called for 500 National Guard members to stand by. 

“Look, I stand by what the jury has concluded,” President Joseph Biden told reporters on Friday afternoon. “The jury system works, and we have to abide by it.” Protests are still expected in Chicago on Friday night. 

Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. You can follow her on Twitter. 

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