I’ve said before that I believe Kyle Rittenhouse did nothing wrong. I stand by that belief. We’ve all seen the video of that night and based on what I saw and what’s been reported by outlets like the New York Times–outlets that are more likely to be hostile to Rittenhouse–it seems very clear that he acted in self-defense.
However, prosecutors don’t agree. They’re desperate to prove he murdered two people and wounded one more.
Now, they want a video admitted into evidence they believe proves that intent.
Prosecutors want a video of Kyle Rittenhouse accepted into evidence that they say shows him talking about wanting to shoot people, footage taken about two weeks before Rittenhouse fatally shot two protesters in Wisconsin and wounded a third.
Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the shootings in Kenosha last year, is scheduled to stand trial on Nov. 1 on a host of charges A hearing on motions is set for Sept. 17.
Prosecutors filed a motion asking that the 29-second video be admitted as evidence, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday.
Prosecutors say that the video shows Rittenhouse watching some men exiting a CVS store and then commenting that he wishes he had his rifle so he could shoot them. It was filmed 15 days before the Kenosha shootings.
A voice that sounds like Rittenhouse says one of the men coming out of the store appears to be armed, the Journal Sentinel reported. Then, he says, “Bro I wish I had my (expletive) AR. l’d start shooting rounds at them.”
Now, let’s understand something, this shouldn’t matter.
See, Rittenhouse didn’t shoot those guys. He didn’t do anything to those people. From what’s been reported, he didn’t even wave at those people.
What he said two weeks earlier in a completely different situation shouldn’t have any bearing on the matter. The problem is, it will. Prosecutors will likely claim that it establishes that Rittenhouse had violent impulses and was looking for an opportunity to carry those impulses out.
They’ll try and weave a narrative where they’ll claim Rittenhouse acted as he did with little to no provocation because he wanted to shoot people.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is why you don’t need to talk a bunch of smack in your day-to-day lives. If someone records it or even testifies to it, it will help a prosecutor paint your self-defense shooting as really a case of someone carrying out a violent fantasy.
Will it make a difference in Rittenhouse’s trial? We’ll have to see. His defense team apparently hasn’t sought a deal, which suggests they believe they can win in court. It remains to be seen if this will play a factor or not in changing that.
Either way, it’s not a good look for the Kenosha Kid. I’d like to think it won’t end up with him locked up, but this latest bit of evidence sure as hell isn’t going to help his case all that much in the grand scheme of things.
We’ll just have to wait and see.