Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois man acquitted last year of fatally shooting two men and wounding a third during racial justice protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2020, is asking for the gun back.
Rittenhouse killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, when he shot them with an assault rifle while he was wandering the streets of Kenosha with other gunmen who described themselves as militiamen. during protests over the shooting. of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white officer.
Rittenhouse’s highly contentious trial, and his acquittal, were widely regarded as a test case for American justice.
The trial revealed contrasting attitudes of law enforcement when confronted by white men or teenagers who claimed to be acting as informal vigilante-style security personnel, armed with assault rifles, and black members of the public or who were protesting in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. .
Now 19, Rittenhouse has been feted by the political right.
On Wednesday, his attorney, Mark Richards, filed court papers in Kenosha County requesting the return of the AR-15-style rifle Rittenhouse used on the night of August 25, 2020, along with other items.
“Mr. Rittenhouse further wishes to ensure that the firearm in question is properly destroyed,” Richards said. wrote.
Although the rifle Rittenhouse used belonged to a friend who helped the then 17-year-old buy it because he was too young to buy and own his own, Rittenhouse’s attorneys now maintain he is the rightful owner of the gun “under the verbal contract enacted” with the friend, Dominick Black.
“As established through testimony at the trial of Dominick Black and Mr. Rittenhouse, the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 rifle…was purchased by Dominick Black, but would become the legal property of Kyle Rittenhouse on his 18th birthday,” the statement said. Richard’s presentation. saying.
In an interview with the diary times, David Hancock, a spokesman for the Rittenhouse family said: “Kyle has requested that the firearm be destroyed…there is nothing to celebrate about that firearm. there is no Kyle has no interest or wants to get that gun back, and absolutely no interest in selling it or anything.”
Rittenhouse is also trying to recover ammunition, a slingshot and magazines, his iPhone, a cloth mask and a $1 bill. he is also looking recover the clothes he wore the night of the shooting, including boots, a baseball cap, jeans, socks, a belt, and a T-shirt.
The weapon cannot be returned immediately. Under Wisconsin law, firearms seized by police as part of an investigation are kept as evidence until the investigation is complete. Although Rittenhouse’s trial is over, Dominick Black is still on trial.
“Although the case involving Mr. Rittenhouse has concluded, the firearm is still held in evidence as the property of Mr. Black until such time as his case is resolved.” saying Sergeant Leo Viola of the Kenosha Police Department.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism