Kyle Rittenhouse Testifies he Knew Joseph Rosenbaum Was Unarmed When he Shot Him

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As Kyle Rittenhouse took to the stand to testify yesterday, he revealed that he knew Joseph Rosenbaum was unarmed when he shot him.

All in all, twenty-two witnesses were called to the stand over the last week to give their testimony on the events that took place the night of the shooting…

And now, it is Rittenhouse’s turn to recall his events of the night.

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The Rittenhouse trial began on Tuesday November 2, with opening statements from prosecutors and defense attorneys…

Both were eager to share opposing information on what happened last August.

Rittenhouse, who was seventeen at the time of the Kenosha unrest shooting, was accused of killing 2 men and severly injuring another…

Rittenhouse was armed with a rifle when he took to the streets amid a protest following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police, on August 25th, 2020.

He took the lives of thirty-six-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum, and twenty-six-year-old Anthony Huber, who reportedly tackled Rittenhouse to the ground in an attempt to “wrestle his rifle away.”

He also wounded twenty-seven-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz by shooting at him and severing his bicep.

Rittenhouse was taken into custody after turning himself in to the authorities the following day, and is now facing 2 homicide counts and 1 count of attempted homicide.

He also faces charges for reckless endangering and illegal possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under eighteen.

Rittenhouse’s case has gained a large online following from both right and left wing political circles…

With the far-right branding him a “hero,” while others condemn his actions, calling him a “vigilante.”

However, recent photo’s snapped of him in court show he seems pretty relaxed about the whole thing…

Rittenhouse could be seen yawning multiple times throughout his trial in Wisconsin, where if he’s convicted will lead to him spending life behind bars.

The teen let out a few yawns at the start of the trial on Tuesday, when lawyers were giving their opening statements…

And then again when jurors entered the courtroom. He just couldn’t seem to stay awake throughout any of the hearing.

During the teen’s yawning session, the attorney for Rittenhouse, Mark Richards, claimed he was acting in self defense…

Bringing attention to an interview Rittenhouse made with The Daily Caller on the night of the shooting.

“If someone is hurt, I’m running into harm’s way. That’s why I have my rifle; I’ve gotta protect myself, obviously…”

“But I also have my med kit,” Rittenhouse could be heard saying before he shot and killed 2 people.

According to Richards, the victims “attacked him in the street like an animal…”

[He] protected himself, protected his firearm so it couldn’t be taken and used against him or other people from Mr. Rosenbaum, who made threats to kill.”

As per The Independent, Richards went on to describe him as a “scared kid who protected himself from a mob.”

However, assistant district attorney, Thomas Binger, argued: “Out of these hundreds of people, only 1 person killed anyone that night. Only 1 person shot anyone that night,” talking about Rittenhouse.

He also went on to describe him as a “tourist outside of our community,” who traveled to Kenosha because he was “drawn to the chaos.”

Rittenhouse took to the stand yesterday, Novemeber 10, to give his testimony.

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And not long into giving his account of the shooting, he revealed that he knew Rosenbaum was unarmed.

Rittenhouse began his testimony sharing that he had gone to Kenosha to offer medical aid to protestors…

“Did you come into downtown Kenosha looking for trouble?” He was asked as reported by NBC Chicago, to which he responded: “No.”

He also recalled that he had no other problems with anyone that night other than “the man who said he would kill me twice.”

The man in question was Joseph Rosenbaum, who also allegedly threatened to “cut his heart out.”

Not long after going into detail about the shooting, Rittenhouse broke down crying, resulting in the trial being posponed briefly…

But, after a short break, the trial resumed and Rittenhouse continued with his testimony.

As the trial continued, Rittenhouse told prosecutors that he “didn’t intend to kill them.”

“I intended to stop the people who were attacking me,” the teen said, adding that: “I did what I had to do to stop the person who was attacking me. Two of them passed away, but I stopped the threat from attacking me.”

Rittenhouse also recalled his encounter with Rosenbaum in which he said that he shot him 4 times before running to find police officers.

When asked by his attorney why he ran to find police, Rittenhouse answered: “Because I didn’t do anything wrong. I was defending myself.”

However, Rittenhouse then revealed during cross-examination that he knew Rosenbaum was unarmed, CNN reports.

Rittenhouse told prosecutors that he pointed his rifle at Rosenbaum to try to deter him, though he “didn’t want to have to shoot him.”

“He was chasing me, I was alone, he threatened to kill me earlier that night. I didn’t want to have to shoot him,” the teen said.

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“I pointed it at him because he kept running at me and I didn’t want him to chase me.”

He added that he thought if Rosenbaum took his rifle he would use it to kill and “more people.”

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“If I would have let Mr. Rosenbaum take my firearm from me, he would have used it and killed me with it and probably killed more people if I would have let him get my gun,” Rittenhouse said.

The trial continues.