The riots in Kenosha weren’t all that unusual. Not in a year that featured a ton of riots, anyway. They were perfectly normal up until Kyle Rittenhouse put down two attackers and changed the entire conversation about the riots.
Unsurprisingly, some are still upset about what happened.
One of those is the man Rittenhouse shot but did not kill. Now, that man is filing a lawsuit against the police.
Police in Wisconsin “deputized” armed vigilantes during protests against police violence last year, including Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two people and wounded another person, the man who was wounded alleges in a federal lawsuit.
In the suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, who was shot in his right arm by Rittenhouse, alleges that Kenosha officials enabled a “band of white nationalist vigilantes” during a protest in Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020.
Rittenhouse, then 17, fatally shot two protesters and wounded Grosskreutz.
Named as defendants are the city of Kenosha, Kenosha County, Kenosha police and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department. Rittenhouse is not named as a defendant.
“Defendants invited, deputized, authorized, conspired with, and ratified the actions of Rittenhouse, a child illegally in possession of an assault rifle, who roamed the street in violation of an emergency curfew order, threatening protesters with his weapon of war, and shooting innocent civilians, killing two, seriously injuring a third, and narrowly missing a fourth,” the lawsuit says.
Just a thought here, but I didn’t see the Kenosha police doing much in the way of enforcing a curfew on anyone, including the plaintiff who was part of a rampaging mob that looted and destroyed significant portions of the city.
Of course, he also tops it off by calling the people who tried to protect businesses white nationalists, which could get him sued for defamation.
As noted, Rittenhouse isn’t a defendant in this case. Instead, Grosskreutz is focused on the police.
The Kenosha police probably didn’t handle everything particularly well during that time, to be sure, but the accusations against them are nothing more than Black Lives Matter talking points that have little bearing on the fact that Grosskreutz and company were literally rioting in the streets.
Had it not been for that fact, it’s unlikely any of the armed individuals would have shown up in the first place.
Plus, let’s also remember that Rittenhouse hasn’t gone to trial yet. If it’s found he did indeed act in self-defense, that may undermine at least some of Grosskreutz’s arguments.
Or maybe not.
Either way, I don’t think he’s got as good a shot with this lawsuit as he thinks, primarily because he’s alleging that the Kenosha police were giving some people a pass and not others while he was in violation of the same curfew and the police didn’t seem to be trying to arrest him.
The Kenosha police had a lot going on that night, to be sure, but I don’t think you can blame them for not arresting one group simply for being out and about when they didn’t seem to do too good of a job arresting anyone who was out and about.