Kenosha, Wis. – Kyle Rittenhouse shouted “Friendly! Friendly! Friendly!” As he was being chased by a man, he was shot to death during a racial injustice protest, a detective testified. Rittenhouse’s attorney called the confrontation a “classic ambush.”
Video took center stage on Wednesday in Rittenhouse’s trial, shooting three people in August 2020 after they traveled to Kenosha with medical kits and rifles, in what they said was an attempt to protect property from riots that caused damage. Was.
Jury members watched infrared video produced by an FBI surveillance plane about 9,000 feet above the spot where Rittenhouse shot Joseph Rosenbaum, 36. With colored circles on the video identifying the movements of the two men below, Kenosha Police Detective Martin Howard agreed with defense attorney Mark Richards that Rittenhouse repeatedly said “Friendly!” had shouted. As he was being pursued and Rosenbaum was gaining ground on Rittenhouse.
Richards also recounted how Rosenbaum came out of the back of a car to meet Rittenhouse before the shooting, telling the detective: “Correct me if I’m wrong, but it looks like a classic ambush.”
After prosecutors protested, Richards said: “Mr. Rosenbaum has gone into hiding as soon as my client arrives, isn’t he?”
“It appears, yes,” replied Howard.
Before testimony resumed on Thursday, the judge dismissed a juror who earlier this week made a joke about the police shooting of Jacob Blake to a court security officer — the black man whose injuries occurred in Kenosha. The protest had started. That juror, a retired white man, refused to repeat the joke for the judge.
“It is clear that the presence of bias exists and would seriously undermine the outcome of the case,” Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder said.
Rittenhouse, now 18, could be in prison if convicted of a politically polarizing case that has sparked fierce debates over self-defense, vigilantism, the right to bear arms and the racial unrest that sparked the murder of George Floyd. Later it spread to America. Minneapolis and other similar cases.
Rittenhouse said he was there to protect the property two nights later that rioters had set fire to and business ransacked in the wake of Blake’s shooting by a white Kenosha officer.
Prosecutors portray Rittenhouse as the instigator of the bloodshed, while his attorney argued that Rosenbaum acted in self-defense after trying to grab his gun and others in the crowd kicked him in the face and skateboarded him. hit in the head with
In one video, footage shows a man – Rosenbaum – chasing Rittenhouse and throwing a plastic bag at him, before the man is shot. To someone “F-u!” Shouting is heard, followed by four gunshots fired by Rittenhouse, although the shooting itself is not clearly seen on camera.
“Oh, he shot him! He shot him, man. They shot him. He shot him, man. He kept him out,” the video maker can be heard saying.
In the courtroom, Rittenhouse — seated in line of sight of jurors — kept his eyes fixed on a desktop screen and showed no emotion as video showed him walking down a street with his rifle and shooting at protesters, shattering people and shouting. was shown.
Howard, the detective, the extensive injuries Rittenhouse suffered that night, all seem minor: a half-inch scratch above her eyebrow, a small cut on the inside of her lower lip, a 2-inch bruise below her collarbone, 2 on her forearm. inch bruise, a bruise on his back and two pennies-sized bumps on his head.
Prosecutor Thomas Binger took home the assertion that Rosenbaum was apparently unarmed, asking Howard whether any video shown in court indicated that Rosenbaum had a weapon of any kind. Howard did not answer.
“No gun?” Binger asked.
“I can only see a plastic bag he’s carrying,” Howard said.
“So no guns?” asked Binger.
“No,” replied Howard, who repeated the answer when Binger also asked him whether Rosenbaum had a knife, a bat, or a club.
Richards protested this during the cross-examination, asking Howard what could happen if someone were to take a weapon.
“It can be used against them as a deadly and dangerous weapon, right?” Richards asked.
“Right,” Howard replied.
Moments after the Rosenbaum shooting, Rittenhouse shot and killed 26-year-old Anthony Huber, a Silver Lake, Wisconsin protester who was seen on bystander video hitting Rittenhouse with a skateboard.
Rittenhouse wounded 27-year-old Gage Groskretz, a protester from West Allis, Wisconsin, with a gun in his hand, as he headed toward Rittenhouse.
Forlity reported from Minneapolis; Weber reported from Fenton, Michigan. Associated Press writer Scott Bauer contributed from Madison, Wisconsin.