Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois man acquitted last year for fatally shooting two men and wounding a third during racial justice protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2020, is calling for the gun to be returned.
Rittenhouse killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, when he shot them with an assault rifle as he roamed the streets of Kenosha with other gunmen who appeared during protests against the shooting self-proclaimed militia functioned of a black man, Jacob Blake, from a white officer.
Rittenhouse’s highly controversial trial – and acquittal – was widely viewed as a test case for the US judiciary.
The trial revealed contrasting attitudes by law enforcement when confronted with white men or teenagers who claimed to be acting as informal vigilante-style security personnel armed with assault rifles and black members of the public or those working in support of the Black Lives Matter movement protested .
Rittenhouse is now 19 celebrated on the political right.
On Wednesday, his Kenosha County attorney, Mark Richards, filed court documents demanding the return of the AR-15 rifle Rittenhaus used on the evening of August 25, 2020, along with other items.
“Mr. Rittenhouse also wants to ensure that the firearm in question is properly destroyed,” Richards said wrote.
Although the rifle that Rittenhouse used belonged to a friend who helped the then 17-year-old buy it since he was too young to buy and own his own, Rittenhouse’s attorneys are now care for He is the gun’s legal owner “under the oral contract” made with friend Dominick Black.
“As established by Dominick Black’s and Mr. Rittenhouse’s trial testimonies, the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 rifle … was purchased by Dominick Black but was to become the legal property of Kyle Rittenhouse on his 18th birthday,” Richards’ filing states said.
In conversation with the magazine times, David Hancock, the Rittenhouse family spokesman, said: “Kyle has asked for the firearm to be destroyed … there is nothing to celebrate about this gun. There is not any. Kyle has no interest or desire in getting that gun back and absolutely no interest in selling it or anything.”
Rittenhouse also attempts to recover ammo, a sling and magazines, his iPhone, a cloth mask and a $1 bill. He is also looking recall the clothes he was wearing the night of the shooting, including boots, a baseball cap, jeans, socks, a belt and a t-shirt.
The weapon may not be returned immediately. Under Wisconsin Firearms seized by the police as part of an investigation are kept as evidence under applicable law until the investigation is completed. Although Rittenhouse’s trial has ended, Dominick Black is still on trial.
“Although Mr. Rittenhouse’s case is closed, the firearm is still being held in evidence as Mr. Black’s property until his case is solved.” said Sgt. Leo Viola of the Kenosha Police Department.