KENOSHA, Wis. (NWN) — Kyle Rittenhouse shouted “Friendly! Friendly! Friendly!” As she was being chased by a man, she was eventually shot during a street protest against racial injustice, a police detective testified – in a confrontation the defense portrayed as a “classic ambush”. Gaya.
Video took center stage Wednesday in the trial of an Illinois man shooting three men — two roughly — in August 2020 as Rittenhouse traveled to Kenosha with a medical kit and rifle, which he said was causing damage to property. It was an attempt to save them from the riots.
Jury members viewed infrared video shot by an FBI surveillance aircraft from about 9,000 feet above The place 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 concurred 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.
Testimony was to continue on Thursday.
Rittenhouse, now 18, could face a life sentence if convicted of a politically polarizing case that has sparked a heated debate on self-defensevigilance, the right to bear arms and racial unrest Which spread to America after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and other similar cases.
A young man walks from his home in Kenosha, Illinois, after violent protests over the shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white Kenosha police officer. Rittenhouse said he was there to protect the property after two nights in which rioters set fires and ransacked businesses.
Prosecutors have portrayed him as the instigator of the bloodshed, while his lawyer argued that Rosenbaum tried to hold his gun and that others in the crowd kicked him in the face and hit him in the head with skateboards.
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— you!” Shouting is heard, followed by four shots 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.
Footage shown to the jury showed Rosenbaum lying on the ground as frantic onlookers surrounded him for help. He had a wound on his head, and a bystander held a shirt over him to apply pressure.
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.
Police found several videos played in court on social media sites, where much of the footage was streamed live or posted shortly after the bloodshed, and many of the scenes were familiar to those following the case.
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.
The jurors put their notepads aside and fixed their eyes on courtroom monitors at various points in the video, most of which captured the chaos of the violence and some showed graphic images of Rosenbaum being shot.
Moments after shooting Rosenbaum, 36, Rittenhouse shot and killed 26-year-old Anthony Huber, a protester in Silver Lake, Wisconsin, 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.
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