Bail Modified For Accused Of Killing Protesters

KENOSHA, Wisconsin, U.S. (AP) – The Illinois teenager facing charges for the shooting deaths of two people during a protest in southeastern Wisconsin last year will be barred from associating with prominent white supremacists, according to the conditions of your bail recently modified by a judge.

Kyle Rittenhouse was 17 years old when hundreds of people participated in a protest on August 25 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over the actions of the policemen who shot the African-American Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse faces multiple charges, including reckless assault and willful murder, recklessness and possession of a firearm as a minor.


The prosecution notes that Rittenhouse, who is white, left his home in Antioch, Illinois, and traveled to Kenosha to respond to a call from the military to protect businesses. Kenosha was in the middle of several nights of chaotic protests in the streets after a white police officer shot Blake from behind during a domestic altercation, an incident that left Blake paralyzed.

Rittenhouse opened fire with an assault rifle during the protest, killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, according to authorities. Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty to all charges and argued that he fired in self-defense. Conservative groups have rallied to support, raising enough money to cover his $ 2 million bail.

According to online court records, a Wisconsin judge modified the conditions for releasing Rittenhouse on Friday to indicate that the teen “may not intentionally have contact with any person or group of people known to harm, attack, harass or threaten others based on their race, beliefs in the matter of religion, color, nation of origin or gender ”.

You are also prohibited from possessing or consuming alcohol and having firearms.

The prosecution had requested the modifications after Rittenhouse was seen drinking alcohol at a bar in Mount Pleasant, a city in southeastern Wisconsin about 25 miles south of Milwaukee, earlier this month. The legal drinking age in Wisconsin is 21, but Rittenhouse was able to drink legally because he was in the company of his mother.