KENOSHA, Wisconsin (SPECTRUM NEWS) – On Friday night, attorneys for 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, Pierce Bainbridge, released a statement in defense of the Antioch, Illinois teenager who is now charged with five crimes and one misdemeanor after prosecutors announced its opening had fire in Kenosha overnight through Wednesday, shot three people and killed two of them.
"Kyle didn't do anything wrong. He was exercising his God-given, constitutional, common, and legal right to self-defense," said Pierce Bainbridge's John Pierce.
The statement goes on to say: "He was trying to protect a business that the mob wanted to destroy."
You can read the lawyers' entire statement below.
VERNON HILLS, ILLINOIS / Aug 28, 2020 / Pierce Bainbridge is honored to represent Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, of Antioch, Illinois, who suddenly finds himself at the center of a national firestorm and is charged with murder after facing an adamant one has defended. vicious and potentially fatal mob attack in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
On August 25, 2020, Kenosha fell into chaos after the shooting by Jacob Blake. The Mayor of Kenosha and the Governor of Wisconsin failed to provide a basic level of law and order to protect the citizens and community buildings in Kenosha. The city burned as mobs destroyed buildings and property and looters stole what they wanted. Rioters defaced shop windows, the courthouse and many other public and private spaces across the city.
After Kyle finished his job as a lifeguard in Kenosha that day, wanting to help clean up some of the damage, he and a friend went to the local public high school to remove graffiti from rioters. Later that day, they received information of a call for help from a local business owner whose dealership in downtown Kenosha had been largely destroyed by mob violence. The business owner needed help protecting what he had left of his life's work, including two mechanic stores nearby. Kyle and a friend armed themselves with rifles because of the deadly violence that hit Kenosha and many other American cities and headed for the business premises. The weapons were located in Wisconsin and never crossed state lines.
Upon arrival, Kyle and others stood guard in the mechanic's shop across from the dealership to prevent further damage or destruction. Later that night, essentially after 8 p.m., the curfew expired without any consequences, and police eventually tried to disperse a group of rioters. They maneuvered a crowd of people down the street to the car dealerships. Kyle and others on the premises were verbally threatened and mocked several times when the rioters passed, but Kyle never responded. His intent was not to encourage violence, just to prevent property damage and use his training to provide first aid to injured community members.
After the crowd passed the premises and Kyle believed that the threat of further destruction was over, he became increasingly concerned about the injured protesters and bystanders who were gathering at a nearby gas station and not having immediate access to medical help or assistance from Law enforcement agencies had. Kyle headed that way with a first aid kit. He sought out the injured, provided help and tried to lead people to others who could help as far as he could do so in the chaos. By the last time Kyle returned to the gas station and confirmed that there were no more injured people who needed help, the police had pushed their formation and blocked his way back to the mechanic's shop. Kyle then followed the police instructions not to return there. Kyle returned to the gas station until he learned of the need to protect the second mechanic's shop down the street, where property destruction was imminent and no police were around.
When Kyle went to the second mechanic's shop, he was approached by several rioters who realized he was trying to protect a shop the mob was about to destroy. This outraged the rioters and created a mob that was now determined to hurt Kyle. They started chasing him. Kyle tried to escape, but he couldn't do it fast enough. When a shot rang out behind him, Kyle turned to find himself faced with an attacker who rushed towards him and grabbed his rifle. He responded immediately and rightly with his weapon to protect himself, fire and beat the attacker.
Kyle stopped to attend to the wounded assailant, but found himself faced with a growing mob pointing at him. He realized that he had to flee for his safety and survival. Another attacker hit Kyle from behind as he fled down the street. Kyle turned as the mob pressed on him and he fell to the ground. An attacker kicked Kyle while he was on the ground. Another hit him over the head with a skateboard. Several rioters tried to disarm Kyle. Fearing for his life and concerned that the crowd would either keep shooting at him or even use his own weapon against him, Kyle had no choice but to shoot multiple rounds at his immediate attackers and hit two, including one armed attacker . The rest of the crowd began to disperse as they heard the additional gunfire.
Kyle got up and walked down the street towards the police, hands in the air. He tried to contact several police officers, but they were more concerned about the wounded attacker. Police did not take Kyle into custody at the time, but told him to keep moving. He cooperated fully then and later that night when he surrendered to police in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois.
Kyle didn't do anything wrong. He was exercising his god-given, constitutional, common law, and statutory right to self-defense.
However, in a reactionary onslaught to appease the divisive, destructive forces currently ruling this country, prosecutors in Kenosha have failed to undertake a meaningful analysis of the facts or an in-depth review of the available video footage (some of which suggest this is critical ) The state witness was not even in the area where the shots were fired. This was not a serious investigation. Upon learning that Kyle might have held conservative political views, they immediately saw him as a suitable target to use as a scapegoat to help them get away from the shots at Jacob Blake and the government's pathetic failure to maintain civil law and order to distract. Within 24 to 36 hours, he was charged with multiple murders.
Kyle now has the best legal representation in the country. With the help of Nicholas Sandmann's attorney L. Lin Wood, Pierce Bainbridge and several senior criminal lawyers in Wisconsin immediately offered Kyle a replacement.
Today, his legal team had managed to work with the public defender to secure a multi-week continuation of his extradition negotiation through September 25th. This, at least in part, slows the rush of a government and media determined to assassinate his character and destroy his life.
Kyle, his family, Pierce Bainbridge's team, and his fellow attorneys intend to take every step against this charge, take the case to court, and win an acquittal on self-defense before a jury of his colleagues.
Legal and other costs for Kyle's defense are funded by donations to the #FightBack Foundation Inc., a Texas 501 (c) (4) foundation founded by John Pierce and Lin Wood to protect unlawful American citizens whose rights are violated , provided state and local governments more concerned with appeasing mobs than protecting these rights.
John Pierce, founder of Pierce Bainbridge, praised Kyle's strength and resilience. “A 17-year-old child in America shouldn't have to take up arms to protect life and property. That is the job of state and local governments. These governments have failed, however, and law-abiding citizens have no choice but to protect their own communities, as their ancestors did in Lexington and Concord in 1775. Kyle is not a racist or a white supremacist. He is a courageous, patriotic, compassionate, law abiding American who loves his country and his community. He didn't do anything wrong. He defended what is a fundamental right of all God-given and legally protected Americans. He is now in the crosshairs of institutional forces much more powerful than him. But he will face them and fight not just for himself but for all Americans and their beloved constitution. We will never leave his side until he is victorious in this fight. "
Further updates will be provided as the investigation and trial progress.
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