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Rittenhouse trial evidence proves deadly intentions

Kyle Rittenhouse has been charged with fatally shooting two men and injuring a third during protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020. (Antioch Police Department/TNS)

Kyle Rittenhouse is a killer. The then 17-year-old boy shot Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum to death and injured Gaige Grosskreutz during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year.

The protests were in response to the police shooting unarmed resident Jacob Blake in the back.

Rittenhouse is on trial and facing six charges including first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18 and failure to comply with an emergency order from state or local government.

Rittenhouse cries that he acted in self-defense and should not be charged for murder.

The now 18-year-old young man should be found guilty and held accountable for shooting two people to death.

The jury must consider the obvious bias from Judge Bruce Schroeder.

He refuses to allow crucial evidence of intentional homicide into the courtroom. Specifically, a video of Rittenhouse saying he wanted to shoot shoplifters at a CVS two weeks before he killed the two men.

The judge is also ordering the prosecution not to call the three men who were shot “victims” or “alleged victims.” By refusing to call them “victims,” Schroeder is influencing the verdict.

Schroeder is manipulating the jury by restricting crucial evidence and by helping the defense with their arguments.

The jury needs to consider only the evidence in the case and exclude the judge’s favoritism in their decision.

The trial is not heading in the direction of justice, as the gun possession charge was dropped on Monday.

Judge Schroeder dropped this charge because he felt “Rittenhouse did not violate the state statute in question because of his age and length of the barrel of his semiautomatic rifle.”

Schroeder’s argument is for dropping the charge is absurd.

Rittenhouse was in control of the gun and he carried the weapon through the streets; so by definition, he possessed a gun.

Rittenhouse’s parents are at fault for allowing their immature son to play with a firearm.

The child’s parents allowed him to play around with the gun as if it were a toy instead of treating this gun as a dangerous object. They also did not object to their son carrying the firearm into the protest.

As a minor at the time, his parents are responsible for his actions. They allowed their son to bring a semi-automatic gun to a protest.

The stupid boy was being irresponsible and reckless in handling a firearm.

A detail that stands out in the trial is Rittenhouse’s defense that the killings were in self-defense when the evidence shows the opposite.

Rittenhouse claims that the night of the shooting, he was there to keep the peace, protect property and provide medical attention.

The boy does not reside in Kenosha or the surrounding area, so he had no business being there with an assault rifle.

Rittenhouse intended to raise hostility towards himself. He knew the protests were potentially violent, and that the demonstrators would be threatened and aggravated by his weapon.

By putting himself in that situation, Rittenhouse wanted others to feel threatened. He knew people would attack him and he could claim self-defense and appear innocent.

When the 18-year-old boy attempted to describe the events that took place went viral as he tried to cry in an attempt to gain sympathy from the jury.

His performance was obvious, as he shed no tears and looks back at the judge to see if he is buying it.

Rittenhouse shows no genuine remorse for his actions.

The jury needs to exclude the judge’s clear bias from their decision and consider only the facts in the case.

Kyle Rittenhouse brought an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle to a protest, in an area he did not reside. He ran with the gun through the streets, intending to raise hostility so he could claim self-defense and play the victim.

All the evidence shows Rittenhouse’s true intentions.

The jury needs to deliver a guilty verdict, so Rittenhouse is punished for his crimes and to show that playing the victim will not work when a person’s intentions are obvious.

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Vincent Medina, Managing Editor
Vincent Medina is the managing editor of Cerritos College Talon Marks Newspaper. He plans to receive his Associates Degree for Transfer at the end of Fall ‘21 semester. Vincent plans to pursue political journalism, and his goal is to become a political correspondent.
Kara Alexander, Multimedia Editor
Kara Alexander is the Multimedia Editor for Talon Marks. Her major is journalism and Communications with this degree she hopes to become a news anchor. She enjoys acting, hanging out with friends, and reading.
Matthew Ramirez, Co-Sports Editor
Matthew Ramirez is a journalism major and Co-Sports Editor for Cerritos College’s newspaper Talon Marks. He plans to transfer to a Cal State but is undecided on which to attend. He enjoys watching sports, collecting trading cards, and binge watching cartoons. Matthew hopes to cover one of his favorite sports teams in the future in either broadcasting work or covering the team behind the scenes.
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    Socorro ForsytheDec 6, 2021 at 11:36 am

    I’m looking forward to reading your opinion about Darrell E. Brooks. Did he have deadly intentions?

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    Socorro ForsytheNov 27, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    I would hope if you were present at a violent KKK demonstration you would do exactly what Kyle Rittenhouse did at the violent BLM demonstration in Kenosha on August 25, 2020. Why? Consider the follwoing:
    (1) The defense argued Kyle was engaged in self-defense. (2) What facts support self defense? – the three people shot all chased him, assaulted him and/or tried to grab his gun – ALL THREE were convicted felons (on served 15 years for child molesting) – the defense argued Rittenhouse feared for his life (3) You might personally disagree, but the jury heard evidence & presumably concluded he was acting to defend himself from what he reasonably perceived to be an imminent threat to his life. (4) Also, ALL THREE of the people shot were White (contrary to false media reports). (5) Generally ‘white supremacists’ don’t shoot White people. (6) Numerous Dem politicians & corporate media outlets recklessly alleged he was a white supremacist. (7) NO evidence was adduced at trial to support that claim. (8) A whole bunch of those corrupt media outlets are now retaining defamation lawyers, because they’re ALL about to get sued—and the liability could well be massive. Kyle Rittenhouse didn’t break the law his attackers did.

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    Allen ForsytheNov 23, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Sorry, the New York Post article mentioned in my previous comment to your Opinion article was published on November 17, 2021 by Miranda Devine.

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    Allen ForsytheNov 23, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Dear Vincent, Kara and Matthew,

    Please, read the article below from the New York Post 11-24-21:

    Of all the willful lies and omissions in the media’s coverage of the Steele dossier, Brian Sicknick, the Covington kids, Jussie Smollett, the Wuhan lab, Hunter Biden’s laptop and so on, nothing beats the evil propaganda peddled about Kyle Rittenhouse.

    They try to make the Rittenhouse case about race, but it’s about class, punching down at the white working-class son of a single mother because they don’t see him as fully human, and it makes them feel good.
    They lie about him because they can.

    The central media narrative is that Kyle Rittenhouse is a white supremacist whose mother drove him across state lines with an AR-15 to shoot Black Lives Matter protesters. All lies.
    “A white, Trump-supporting, MAGA-loving Blue Lives Matter social media partisan, 17 years old, picks up a gun, drives from one state to another with the intent to shoot people,” was typical from John Heilemann, MSNBC’s national affairs analyst.
    So, let’s go through 10 lies about Rittenhouse, debunked in court:

    1. He killed two black BLM protesters. All three of the men he shot in self-defense during violent riots in Kenosha on Aug. 25 last year were white.

    2. He crossed state lines. He lived 20 miles from Kenosha in Antioch, Ill., with his mother and sisters. But his father, grandmother, aunt, uncle, cousins and best friend live in Kenosha. He had a job as a lifeguard in Kenosha and worked a shift on Aug. 25 before helping clean graffiti left by rioters at a local school. There, he and his friend were invited to join other adults who had been asked by the owners of a used car lot in Kenosha to guard the property after 100 cars had been torched the previous night, when police abandoned the town to rioters. Kyle took his gun to protect himself, since the rioters were violent and armed, including, for instance, Antifa medic Gaige Grosskreutz, who lunged at him with a loaded Glock pointed at his head before he was shot in the arm.

    3. Rittenhouse took an AR-15 across state lines. Esquire accused him of “terrorist tourism.” False. His rifle was kept in a safe at his best friend’s stepfather’s house in Kenosha.

    4. The gun was illegal. Wrong. Under Wisconsin law, he was entitled to possess the AR-15 as a 17-year-old. The judge dismissed the gun charge, which the prosecution never should have brought.

    5. Rittenhouse’s mother drove him across state lines to the riot. Wendy Rittenhouse, 46, never went to Kenosha. She slept late the morning of Aug. 25 after working a 16-hour shift at a nursing home near her home in Antioch, she told the Chicago Tribune. Kyle had already gone to his job in Kenosha when she woke up.

    6. He was an “active shooter” who took his gun to a riot looking for trouble. “A 17-year-old kid just running around shooting and killing protesters,” said MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, “who drove across state lines with an AR-15 and started shooting people up.” On Friday, after evidence in court already had debunked his talking points, Scarborough called Rittenhouse a “self-appointed militia member … unloading 60 rounds.” When the defense called out the lie in closing arguments, Scarborough had the gall to tweet that he was “embarrassed” for the lawyer.

    7. Rittenhouse is a “white supremacist,” as then-candidate Joe Biden labeled him in a tweet showing the teenager’s photograph. When White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked to explain why recently, she slyly slimed Rittenhouse again, without naming him, as a “vigilante.”
    In one story, the Intercept used the term “white supremacist” 16 times. The accusation has become holy writ, but there is zero evidence. The FBI scoured Kyle’s phone and found nothing about white supremacy or militias, the court heard. All they saw were pro-police, “Blue Lives Matter” posts from a kid who had been a police and fire department cadet, wanted to be a police officer or paramedic and once sat near the front of a Trump rally. That was enough for the media to brand him a white supremacist.

    8. He “flashed white power signs” with Proud Boys. After spending three months in jail, Kyle was freed on $2 million bail two days after his 18th birthday last year, and went to a bar for a beer, with his mother and other adults, which is legal in Wisconsin. He posed for selfies with strangers at the bar, who the media say are Proud Boys, and was pictured making the OK sign with his thumb and forefinger. The false claim that this is a white supremacist sign comes from a 2017 hoax on the website 4chan, to punk liberals, who keep falling for it. Biden uses the gesture frequently. It was unwise to pose for the photo, but it does not mean Kyle is associated with white supremacists.

    9. He wore surgical gloves “to cover his fingerprints.” This pearl was spread by Matthew Modine, another celebrity bigmouth. Kyle wore gloves because he was giving first aid to protesters. His face was bare, so he was hardly hiding.

    10. Judge Bruce Schroeder is a “Trumpy” racist biased toward the defense. This slur is based on the fact he would not let the prosecution use the term “victim” — common practice when the jury has not ruled on a case. He told a lame joke about Asian food for lunch being held up by the supply-chain crisis, and his phone’s ring tone sounds like a 1980s ditty played at Trump rallies. Ridiculous. In fact, Schroeder is a Democrat, has run as a Democrat for the Wisconsin Senate and was first appointed by a Democratic governor. Bias was also perceived in what the Chicago Tribune said was his “highly unusual” decision to allow Kyle to draw names randomly out of a container at the end of the trial to determine which 12 of the 18 jurors would decide his fate. It’s something this judge always does, he told the court.

    Would any of you like to change your opinion?

    PS Jacob Blake was paralyzed by the shooting, not killed, and was in fact armed with a knife. The police officer who responded to the domestic disturbance call that led to Blake’s shooting was not charged either by the state or the federal government after investigations.

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