In the US state of Wisconsin, a federal judge has ruled that the father of a man who was shot by 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse during protests in the city of Kenosha can sue the shooter.
Kyle Rittenhouse, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, went to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where Black Lives Matter protests were raging, on August 25, 2020, after a white officer shot a black man multiple times in the back. Rittenhouse, who did not live in Kenosha himself, claimed he moved to the city to help citizens protect their property.
During the demonstrations, Rittenhouse shot and killed Anthony Huber (26) and Joseph Rosenbaum (36) and wounded 27-year-old Haig Grosskreutz.
The teenager said he acted in self-defense. He risked life in prison, but was eventually acquitted.
However, now John Huber, the father of the 26-year-old victim, is filing a new lawsuit. He alleges Rittenhouse conspired with officers to harm protesters at the time. The civil suit also alleges that the officers allowed an unsafe situation to occur that violated Anthony Huber’s rights and led to his death. The lawsuit seeks undisclosed damages from Rittenhouse, the city and the agents.
On Wednesday, Judge Lynn Adelman denied motions filed by Rittenhouse and state defendants seeking to block Huber’s lawsuit.
Eventually, John Huber hired private detectives to search Rittenhouse’s home for a subpoena. Their search led to addresses in seven states. They eventually found his mother and sister in Florida. The summons was delivered to Rittenhouse’s sister, who claimed he was not at home.
Rittenhouse asked for the case to be dismissed because he was not properly subpoenaed, but the judge rejected that request, saying the man had deliberately withheld his address to avoid the law.
Rittenhouse is an outspoken advocate for gun rights. He has a large social media following, nearly a million followers on Twitter, and is a guest speaker at events.
Source : HLN