Kenosha could lose $20 million or more in compensation to the men shot by Kyle Rittenhouse in self-defense on August 25, 2020.
The families of Silver Lake resident Anthony Huber, 26, who succumbed to his injuries, and Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, West Allis, who survived the shooting, filed claims notices worth $10 million each. Kenosha’s Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, who died during the incident is yet to make similar claims.
The families accuse the administrative entities of negligence, negligent supervision and training, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and wrongful death, according to Kenosha News.
The claims say that both the city and county of Kenosha are liable for failing to prevent the incident.
Kenosha Police Department (KPD), Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth, Kenosha Police Department Chief Daniel Miskinis, and other “unknown or undetermined employees” of the accused administrative and law enforcement entities are also mentioned in the claims notices.
The claims accuse Kenosha Police Department and Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department of having prior knowledge, condoning, cooperating, or enabling the activities of Kenosha Guard and “other armed vigilantes through both explicit and implicit support.”
“For example, officers from the Sheriff’s Department handed out water to the armed vigilantes and thanks them for their presence,” the claims alleged.
Further, the slain attackers’ families accuse the law enforcement entities of allowing Rittenhouse to roam the streets while armed with an assault rifle.
Additionally, they say that officers failed to detain Rittenhouse after he surrendered and admitted to shooting his attackers.
The claims are ridiculous considering that the attackers were responsible for creating a dangerous situation that led to some of them paying the ultimate price.
It would be appalling if Kenosha wasted taxpayers’ money to reward the criminal behavior exhibited by the individuals on the night of the shooting.
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