Never-before-seen video footage from the night Kyle Rittenhouse shot rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin was released on Tuesday night during Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News. Here is the video, created by Rittenhouse’s lawyers.
The video states that Rittenhouse headed to Kenosha to “prevent the total destruction” of the community.
“So people are getting are injured and our job is to protect this business and part of my job is to also 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 volunteered earlier that day to remove graffiti from a high school in Kenosha.
Then the encounter happens as an alleged arsonist encountered Rittenhouse, who was seen running with a fire extinguisher around the same time. Shortly after a gun was fired, Rittenhouse found himself pinned between park cars and a mob was forming a barricade.
“With no way out and no way to know who fired that shot, Rittenhouse turns to face Rosenbaum,” the narrator says. “Kyle Rittenhouse fired four shots. Seconds later, three additional shots are fired by an unknown shooter. One bullet grazed Joseph Rosenbaum’s head, another penetrated his right groin, his left thigh and his back. With a total of eight shots fired, it remains unclear that all four of Rosenbaum’s wounds were caused by Rittenhouse.”
Rittenhouse claims to be running to get police. However, the mob chases after him. One protester strikes Rittenhouse in the head. Seconds later, Rittenhouse trips and falls. At that point, others attempt to assault Rittenhouse. He strikes one man in the chest and another in the bicep.
So, while keeping in mind this video was produced by the defense team, it begs the question of whether Rittenhouse acted in self defense or not.
Perhaps the video changes your mind, perhaps it does not.
But it should at least serve as a reminder for people to wait before rushing to conclusions.
Of note, Rittenhouse remained amazingly calm considering the situation. He could’ve easily just started firing out of fear and self-protection. But when vulnerable, he seemed to show considerable restraint.
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