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28th Oct 2021

Men shot by Kyle Rittenhouse cannot be called ‘victims’ in court, judge rules

Kieran Galpin

Kyle Rittenhouse

Rittenhouse has plead not guilty on all charges

Individuals shot by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last August will not be referred to as ‘victims’ by prosecutors, a judge has ruled.

Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, crossed state lines last year on August 25. Armed with an AR-15, the boy joined calls from a Kenosha-based militia group that was seeking protection against protestors of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Rittenhouse is facing numerous charges of homicide for the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, as well as the attempted murder of 27-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz.

While use of the term ‘victim’ has been denied, it has been ruled that defence attorneys may call the people shot by Rittenhouse ‘arsonists’ or looters’ if they choose, reports the Guardian.

“The word ‘victim’ is a loaded, loaded word. And I think ‘alleged victim’ is a cousin to it,” said Judge Bruce Schroeder on Monday (October 25).

“Let the evidence show what the evidence shows. And if the evidence shows that any or more than one of these people were engaged in arson, rioting or looting – then I’m not going to tell the defense they can’t call them that,” he continued.

But the motion has not gone down well with everyone, with the district attorney Thomas Binger stating that Schroeder’s ruling was creating “double standards”.

He said: “If I were to count the number of times that you’ve admonished me not to call someone a victim during a trial, it would be in the thousands.

“The terms that I’m identifying here, such as ‘rioters’, ‘looters’, ‘arsonists’, are as loaded, if not more loaded, than the term ‘victim’.”

Rittenhouse pleads not guilty on all offences and his attorney’s are claiming self defence.

The plea of self defence might conjure a vision of mayhem and total chaos but one video from the scene shows police officials saying: “We appreciate you guys – we really do.”