Rachel Maddow recapped the series of events that led to the arrest of Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old white male from Antioch, Illinois for shooting three protesters and killing two of them in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
In the video, you can see an armed white man running from protesters, falls and then while he is on the ground, while seated he starts shooting. One protester falls and never gets up. Another runs away, clearly hurt with a gunshot wound. You can hear him, there, screaming for a medic. At least three people were shot last night. Two of them were killed. Another person seriously wounded.
And the apparent shooter from that footage we just showed you is next seen walking away from the shooting scene still carrying this rifle walking towards police trucks with his hands raised. This is after the shootings, but he is not apprehended by police last night.
Today police announce they had arrested a suspect. A 17-year-old who is not being identified by the police because of his age. He has been charged with homicide. They have not yet said whether that person in custody is that person in the video. These videos circulating all last night and today have led a lot of people to become more angry about the situation in Wisconsin.
Here is what so many people are asking , and have been since the moment these videos began to circulate last night.
How is it possible that a white teenaged boy, with a LARGE semi-automatic weapon slung across the front of his body, his hands raised, walking away from a crowd of protesters, can walk TOWARDS police in armored vehicles, have the police ask him if people behind him are hurt, that teen WITH THE BIG GUN answers in the affirmative that YES, people behind him have been hurt, others are shouting TO THE POLICE about the teen WITH THE BIG GUN that he just shot people, and the WHITE TEEN WITH THE BIG GUN just gets to walk on past, unmolested by those same police?
It took police in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois to apprehend him?!?
Here is what we know about him now. His name is Kyle Rittenhouse, and he is being charged with first degree murder.
Kyle Rittenhouse drove across state lines with his AR-15, put on latex gloves to prevent gunpower residue on his hands, and murdered two people.
That shit was NOT self defense.
That was pre-meditated murder.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) August 26, 2020
We know he looooooves President Trump.
NEW: Kyle Howard Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who was charged with shooting and killing two people and injuring another in Kenosha during protests for Jacob Blake appeared in the front row at a Donald Trump rally in January, BuzzFeed reports.https://t.co/CNM2UZFCCg
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 26, 2020
We know he fancies himself quite the ammosexual militia dude. Seems a bit of a misogynist, too, just for fun. His TikTok handle was @4doorsmorewhores. Isn't that sweet?
Tonight's shooter Kyle Rittenhouse was recorded on video receiving water and being thanked by the police for being out there to help.
The police are claiming they dont know who the shooter is yet.
But they know him well, he's a Public Safety Cadet. pic.twitter.com/WD9lX58uxo
— Clint Kamstra (@ClintKamstra) August 26, 2020
But just for some real perspective...
Tamir Rice 12, shot & killed within SECONDS for playing with a toy gun when police arrived.
Kyle Rittenhouse 17, was thanked & given water by police. Later he shot multiple people, killing two, walked to police with AR15, went home & went to bed before being arrested today. pic.twitter.com/mkGAnBHq6L
— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) August 26, 2020