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Rittenhouse Jury Has to Decide If the Men Who Tried to Stop Him Were Heroes or Villains

By The Intercept

Kyle Rittenhouse’s far-right defenders say he is not a murderer but a hero. The prosecutor says the protesters who tried to disarm him were the real heroes.

The twelve jurors who will decide Kyle Rittenhouse’s fate began their deliberations on Tuesday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where the teenage vigilante, armed with a semiautomatic rifle, shot and killed two men, and wounded a third, during a Black Lives Matter protest last year.

Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, is accused of murdering first Joseph Rosenbaum, a volatile presence at the protest who chased the heavily armed teen for reasons that remain unclear, and then Anthony Huber, one of three protesters who tried to disarm the gunman as he fled the scene.

Rittenhouse faces additional charges for shooting at the other two men who tried to subdue him just over a minute after he fired four full metal jacket bullets into Rosenbaum’s body. He is accused of endangering the safety of an unidentified protester who tried to kick him, by firing two shots that missed the man, and of the attempted murder of Gaige Grosskreutz, a protest medic whose right arm was torn apart by a shot fired from point-blank range as he advanced on the teen gunman.

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