How the Law Helped Kyle Rittenhouse and Travis McMichael by Murder Defense Attorney Mick Mickelsen
In the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse there were few facts in dispute. Rittenhouse, who has demonstrated some white supremacist inclinations, traveled from Illinois to Kenosha, Wisconsin. He brought an assault rifle with the ostensible purpose of defending business property from looting and destruction related to ongoing protests stemming from the previous shooting of an unarmed black man by police in Kenosha.
Wisconsin law permitted Rittenhouse to publicly carry a firearm with a barrel more than 16” long. When Rittenhouse ran toward a used car lot with his rifle and a fire extinguisher, a protester pursued him. Rittenhouse shot the man pursuing him and killed him. Other protesters started reacting with hostility, crying “why did you shoot him?” Rittenhouse then fled the scene. He was pursued and attacked by two other men who were trying to prevent Rittenhouse from departing the area. Rittenhouse shot and killed one man, who attacked Rittenhouse with a skateboard, and shot and wounded another man, who was pointing a handgun at Rittenhouse.
The trial involving the death of Ahmaud Arbery also involved self-appointed citizen police officers. In the town of Satilla Shores, Georgia, surveillance video showed Arbery quickly run in and out of the garage of a home under construction.
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