Kyle Rittenhouse faces an additional charge of violating the curfew on the night of the shooting. Prosecutors charged the 17-year-old with the failure to comply with an emergency management order of state or local government. The citation carries no criminal penalty.
Rittenhouse was accused of going out on August 25 looking for trouble. A deliberate violation of local regulations ahead of the shooting could be used to add weight to the allegation.
Sheriff David Beth had declared a ten-day curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Aug. 24 after police officers shot David Blake while responding to a domestic disturbance. Similarly, Gov. Tony Evers had also declared a state of emergency in Wisconsin and activated the National Guard in Kenosha.
The Antioch, Illinois resident faces several felony charges including two homicides related to the fatal shooting of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber; one attempted homicide in the shooting of Gaige Grosskreutz; two counts of reckless endangerment of public safety; and illegal possession of a firearm by a minor charge.
A Wisconsin court charged Rittenhouse’s friend for purchasing the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 rifle used in the shooting on his behalf. Dominick Black, 19, also stored the firearm at his step-dad’s home in Kenosha before handing it to Rittenhouse on the day of the shooting. Black faces two felony counts of providing a firearm to a minor and could spend 12 years in prison.
Prosecutors claim that Rittenhouse violated the curfew to attend a militia call in Kenosha aimed at protecting local businesses. If convicted, Rittenhouse could spend life in prison.
Meanwhile, his defense team insists that the teenager acted in self-defense after being attacked by the deceased assailants, while the triggered mob chased him and bayed for his blood. Because of the political nature of the case, Rittenhouse could be unfairly punished to make a political statement.
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