There is still a lot more to learn about what happened in Kenosha, but from what I’ve seen thus far, Rittenhouse was defending himself and any reasonable person put in his position (Rittenhouse) would probably feel similar in that he felt he was in danger. Everything I’ve seen does nothing to say that Rittenhouse was the aggressor or that he did anything that was inconsistent with that state of mind. The part that think most confirms this is after Rittenhouse shoots the man in the bicep (who was holding a gun) another man stops as Rittenhouse aims his rifle at him. When the man backs off, Rittenhouse lowers his weapon and retreats.
I think the prosecution thus far, and when I say prosecution, I mean literally the documents used to establish probable cause to arrest and charge Rittenhouse, look like they were written by the defense probably to provide a road-map for the defense.
Now, my guess is that the Prosecutors office felt obligated given the civil unrest to charge Rittenhouse, but the chances that any of these charges are going to stick are slim at best.
Even the charge of open carrying a weapon may not apply as there are some exceptions for long guns, but I don’t know the specifics.
Now, I think it’s possible, though unlikely, that we might learn that Rittenhouse was the aggressor and the video’s don’t capture that.
Now having said that, if I were trying to be critical of what happened I’d ask two questions.
Rittenhouse came to Kenosha (as my understanding) to protect private businesses from looting. My understanding is that you cannot use lethal force to protect property that is not your home.
How does an armed man walk out of an area where gunshots are raging and a person is carrying a 30rd rifle walks down the street towards the police and they drive right past him?
Just a few parting words.
This will be politicized and wrongly so. Far left media won’t be fair to Rittenhouse and they will try to connect Rittenhouse based on his social media to Trump as there is a picture of Rittenhouse attending a Trump rally.
My personal thoughts are that Rittenhouse probably wanted to be a cop or other civil servant (fire, medical etc.). He was young and probably had a pretty idealized view of what that was and going to Kenosha and taking part in protecting a dealership from looting was just plain dumb. He is incredibly lucky he’s still alive and that someone else with a gun didn’t kill him.
I don’t expect either side to learn anything from this even as each will retreat to their bias and do everything to frame this in a way that agrees with what they already believe.
For myself I’m staying my position based on what we know today and reserve the right to change my mind as new evidence comes to light.