Civil Lawsuit Filed Over Kyle Rittenhouse Shooting Case

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Denver-area attorney Milo Schwab has filed a civil lawsuit in connection to the deadly shooting perpetrated last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin, by Kyle Rittenhouse, who was recently found not guilty of homicide after claiming to have acted in self-defense. Schwab represents the family of Joseph Rosenbaum, who was among those killed by Rittenhouse, and Gaige Grosskreutz, who Rittenhouse shot on that same night. Schwab said that with the civil case, those behind it will be “reaching for larger questions” — it targets local officials in Kenosha, questioning their treatment of the circumstances surrounding the violence that Rittenhouse perpetrated.

As Schwab put it, discussing what questions would be under scrutiny:

‘How did the police respond? Were the police too cozy with vigilantes walking the streets enforcing their own justice?’

Schwab added that the situation rests on questions of “whether that’s the type of society we want — where white nationalists show up to protest Black Lives Matter movements, or movements for racial justice, with AR-15s.” Watch Schwab below:

After the initial revelation of the not guilty verdict for Rittenhouse, Schwab and co-counsel Kimberley Motley also released the following statement:

‘Today we grieve for the families of those slain by Kyle Rittenhouse. Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum did not deserve to die that night. For now, we ask for peace from everyone hurting and that the public respect the privacy of the victims and their families. That night in Kenosha, Gaige Grosskreutz, Anthony Huber, and many others acted heroically. They did not seek violence, but to end violence. What we need right now is justice, not more violence. While today’s verdict may mean justice delayed, it will not mean justice denied. We are committed to uncovering the truth of that night and holding those responsible to account.’

Meanwhile, House Judiciary Committee chair Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) called for a review by the Department of Justice (DOJ) of Rittenhouse’s case after the jury’s not guilty verdict was revealed. Nadler said that the “heartbreaking verdict is a miscarriage of justice and sets a dangerous precedent which justifies federal review by DOJ,” adding that “Justice cannot tolerate armed persons crossing state lines looking for trouble while people engage in First Amendment-protected protest.”