Julio Rosas accuses media of 'inflaming racial tensions,' cites Jacob Blake coverage, Duke volleyball story
Conservative author and journalist Julio Rosas lambasted the media's rush to judgment on news stories that fuel racial tension during a speech at the National Conservatism conference.foxnews.com
After their refusal to leave lobby of the federal courts building while protesting ex-cop Jason Van Dyke’s release, the ‘Laquan Nine’ face fines
Five women and four men who call themselves the “Laquan Nine” are facing fines for loitering in the lobby of the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in the Loop as ex-cop Jason Van Dyke was being released from prison last week.chicagotribune.com
Rittenhouse seeks return of gun used during Kenosha protest
Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois man acquitted of fatally shooting two men and wounding a third during street protests in Kenosha in 2020, has filed papers in court to recover property seized by police after his arrest, including the gun he used in the shootings.
Is Invoking Emmett Till a Disservice to History?
Headlines announced Trayvon Martin was the new Emmett Till. Till, a Black 14-year-old from Chicago vacationing in Mississippi, was lynched for allegedly whistling at a White woman in 1955. Again, commentators compared the police shooting of Michael Brown to the lynching of Emmett Till. No charges were brought against the officer that shot Blake. Afterward, when Derrick Johnson, the president and CEO of the NAACP, was asked about the Rittenhouse verdict, he said, “This was worse than the Emmett Till trial.thewestsidegazette.com
Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse slams LeBron James for trial comments
Kyle Rittenhouse has clapped back at LeBron James after the NBA star mocked the teen during his murder trial last […] The post Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse slams LeBron James for trial comments appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
No verdict after daylong deliberations by Rittenhouse jury
The jury deliberated a full day on Tuesday without reaching a verdict at Kyle Rittenhouse's murder trial after two weeks of testimony in which they were given starkly different portrayals of his actions the night he shot three men on the streets of Kenosha.
EXPLAINER: Did Rittenhouse lawyers do enough to prevail?
When Kyle Rittenhouse took the stand to testify about his actions the night he shot three men on the streets of Kenosha — sobbing and seemingly unable to continue as he approached the critical moment where he shot the first man — it was one of the most compelling moments in his two-week murder trial.
Chicago police cancels day off for officers, reportedly bracing for Rittenhouse verdict
The Chicago Police Department has canceled one regular day off this weekend for all full-duty officers to "enhance public safety," a decision reportedly made to brace for possible upheaval ahead of a possible verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.news.yahoo.com
EXPLAINER: Did state's own witnesses hurt Rittenhouse case?
Prosecutors wrapped up more than a week of testimony at Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial after calling more than a dozen witnesses — some appearing to help the defense more than the prosecution. The onus was on prosecutors to counter Rittenhouse’s self-defense claim in shooting dead two protesters and wounding a third at a protest in Kenosha last year following the shooting of Jacob Blake, who is Black, by a white police officer. The defense team began their case on Tuesday.news.yahoo.com
Pathologist: Rittenhouse shot first man at close range
A forensic pathologist says the first man killed by Kyle Rittenhouse during a night of turbulent protests in Kenosha was shot at close range of just a few feet and had soot injuries that could indicate he had his hand over the barrel of Rittenhouse’s gun.
EXPLAINER: Prosecutors play up Rittenhouse inexperience
Prosecutors trying to convict Kyle Rittenhouse of murder are trying to paint the Illinois man as an inexperienced teen who misrepresented his age and medical training to other armed civilians in his group on the night he shot three men during a protest against police brutality in Wisconsin last year.
EXPLAINER: Rittenhouse attorneys spar over victim depictions
Attorneys spent the first week of Kyle Rittenhouse's murder trial sparring over who provoked whom, with prosecutors portraying the Illinois teenager as the aggressor and the defense working to show that the men he shot had threatened him. The stakes are enormous as jurors weigh whether Rittenhouse fired in self-defense because he legitimately felt threatened or whether he overreacted. “To establish self-defense, the first prong is the defense must show there was going to be interference with Rittenhouse and that Rittenhouse had a belief that could result in great bodily harm,” said former Milwaukee County prosecutor Daniel Adams, who isn't involved in the case.news.yahoo.com
Witnesses: Threat, lunge for gun from 1st Rittenhouse victim
Witnesses at Kyle Rittenhouse's murder trial say the first man shot on the streets of Kenosha was “hyperaggressive," threatened to kill Rittenhouse and another man who were patrolling with guns, and later lunged for Rittenhouse’s gun in an attempt to take it away.
Prosecutors show Rittenhouse trial jurors video of shootings
The jury at Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial over shootings on the streets of Kenosha watched one of the central pieces of video evidence Wednesday — footage of a man chasing Rittenhouse and throwing a plastic bag at him just before the man was gunned down.
Legal experts see strong self-defense claim for Rittenhouse
When Kyle Rittenhouse goes on trial Monday for shooting three men during street protests in Wisconsin last summer, the case may turn on how Rittenhouse's self-defense claim stacks up against prosecutors' argument that he acted recklessly and dangerously by being on the streets of Kenosha with a rifle.
A protester shot by Kyle Rittenhouse sues Kenosha, Wis., says police deputized ‘vigilantes’
The suit claims law enforcement deputized a “roving militia of White Nationalists vigilantes” during last year’s racial justice protests in Kenosha where Kyle Rittenhouse fatally shot two people and injured a third.washingtonpost.com
Federal Officials Close Review of the Officer-Involved Shooting of Jacob Blake
The Justice Department announced today that it will not pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against a Kenosha Police Department (KPD) officer for his involvement in the Aug. 23, 2020, shooting of 30-year-old Jacob Blake. Officials from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin informed representatives of the Blake family of this determination. The department makes this decision because the evidence obtained is insufficient to prove that the KPD officer willfully used excessive force. Neither accident, mistake, fear, negligence, nor bad judgment is sufficient to establish a willful federal criminal civil rights violation. After a careful and thorough review, a team of experienced federal prosecutors determined that insufficient evidence exists to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the KPD officer willfully violated the federal criminal civil rights statutes.justice.gov
Judge refuses to toss weapons charge against Rittenhouse
Kyle Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz during the protest in Kenosha. Prosecutors charged Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the protest, with multiple counts, including homicide and being a minor in possession of a firearm. Rittenhouse's attorneys have argued that he fired in self-defense after Rosenbaum, Huber and Grosskreutz attacked him.news.yahoo.com
At Kyle Rittenhouse court hearing today, judge expected to decide on evidence allowed at trial for Kenosha shootings
A judge was set to decide Friday whether jurors at the upcoming Kyle Rittenhouse trial will see video that prosecutors say shows him talking about wanting to shoot people.chicagotribune.com
Rittenhouse lawyer: Defense donors none of state's business
Attorney Mark Richards was responding to a motion filed by prosecutors last week requesting a list of people who donated cash to help Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused in the shootings in Kenosha last summer. Following Rittenhouse's arrest, conservatives who portrayed him as an American patriot contributed millions of dollars to his legal defense fund and enabled him to post $2 million bail. Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said he needed to make sure people in the potential juror pool in Rittenhouse's trial aren’t among those donors.news.yahoo.com
Rittenhouse attorney wants to show victim was sex offender
Kyle Rittenhouse's attorney wants a judge to allow him to argue that one of the men his client fatally shot during a Wisconsin protest was a sex offender, saying it supports a defense theory that he attacked Rittenhouse and intended to take his gun because he couldn't legally possess one. Mark Richards maintained in court filings Thursday that Joseph Rosenbaum was convicted of having sex with a minor in Arizona in 2002 and was prohibited from possessing firearms. Rosenbaum started the altercation with Rittenhouse in hopes of making off with his assault-style rifle, which only bolsters Rittenhouse’s self-defense argument, Richards wrote.news.yahoo.com
Motion seeks evidence of past violence at Rittenhouse trial
Prosecutors in Wisconsin want a judge to allow evidence at Kyle Rittenhouse's trial that shows he had a previous violent encounter in Kenosha before he fatally shot two men and injured another during a police brutality protest last year. The state's motion filed Thursday in Kenosha County Circuit Court also seeks to show Rittenhouse was associated with the far-right Proud Boys, a group linked to political violence. Rittenhouse, 18, is charged with killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, on Aug. 25 during protests in Kenosha over the police shooting two days earlier of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was left paralyzed when he was shot by a white police officer.news.yahoo.com
Trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, teen charged in Kenosha shooting, delayed until fall
The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager accused of killing two people during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over the summer, has been delayed until November 1. The trial was originally set to begin March 29. In a virtual court hearing on Wednesday, prosecutors and Rittenhouse's attorney agreed to delay the start of the trial to give them more time to prepare. Rittenhouse's attorney, Mark Richards, agreed to delay the trial and Rittenhouse stated he had no objection, even though the delay would push the beginning of the trial to more than a year after he was charged. Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, is charged with two counts of first-degree homicide and one count of attempted homicide.cbsnews.com
A paralyzed Jacob Blake says he didn’t expect to be shot by Kenosha police, shouldn’t have picked up pocketknife
Jacob Blake, 29, said in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” that during a struggle with Kenosha police who were trying to arrest him Aug. 23 on an outstanding warrant his pocketknife fell from his pants. He said he picked it up before heading to a vehicle to drive away with two of his children in the backseat.chicagotribune.com
Outrage and More Despair as Prosecutors Fail to Charge Officers in Jacob Blake Case
In what’s become an all-too familiar story surrounding America’s systemic disregard for Black lives, Kenosha District Attorney Michael Graveley said the evidence didn’t support charges against the officers. “It is my decision that no Kenosha law enforcement officer, in this case, will be charged with any criminal offense based on the facts and the laws,” Graveley proclaimed. By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaThe Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer who shot Jacob Blake last August will not face criminal charges, and neither will the other cops involved. In what’s become an all-too familiar story surrounding America’s systemic disregard for Black lives, Kenosha District Attorney Michael Graveley said the evidence didn’t support charges against the officers. Police said they were responding to a domestic disturbance report, one that Blake reportedly had attempted to quell.thewestsidegazette.com
Jacob Blake family attorney blasts lack of charges in shooting: "Does nothing to help this issue of mistrust"
Ben Crump, an attorney for Jacob Blake's family, spoke out Wednesday against the Kenosha, Wisconsin, district attorney's decision to not charge the officer who shot Blake in the back, saying it "does nothing to help this issue of mistrust." "We are going to file a civil rights excessive use of force 1983 civil rights lawsuit against the Kenosha Police Department," he said. That outrage was rekindled Tuesday when the district attorney announced that Sheskey would not be charged. This is an unfortunate reality that far too many young Black kids will have to see." In a statement released Tuesday evening following Graveley's announcement, the assistant attorney general for the DOJ's civil rights division and U.S. Attorney Matthew D. Krueger said "a federal civil rights investigation into the shooting of Jacob Blake is ongoing."cbsnews.com