Accused Double Murderer Kyle Rittenhouse Hit With Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit
Alleged Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse is among the defendants named in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by four individuals in relation to protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake last month.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the other defendants are “Facebook, two militia groups and two other people the plaintiffs say were involved in militia actions during the protests.”
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Hannah Gittings — the partner of Anthony Huber, one of the two people Rittenhouse allegedly shot and killed — and three others who were at the protests.
- The lawsuit claims that Rittenhouse and the other defendants violated the individuals’ right to protest by using intimidation and inflicting emotional and physical harm.
"In our society, heavily armed groups of untrained men are free to possess ludicrous opinions about Hitler having admirable qualities, Black people being intellectually inferior to whites, or our government being controlled by Satan-worshipping pedophiles funded by a Jewish cabal," the complaint reads. "However, when these beliefs turn into a conspiracy to deprive the rest of us of our constitutional guarantees through threats, fear, assault, violence, and murder, then the actions and coordination of these right wing militias become the subject matter of our law.
"We have an army. We do not need people playing army — particularly when their targets are engaged in the expression of fundamental rights," it continues.
- One of the plaintiffs, Kenosha resident Christopher McNeal, said he was "confronted, commanded, assaulted and harassed" by militia members.
- Carmen Palmer, a Milwaukee resident who traveled to Kenosha with her children and church group, reportedly was threatened with rifles, pepper sprayed, and her tires were slashed.
- Nathan Peet, a Kenosha resident, witnessed the death of the first man Rittenhouse allegedly shot.
- Along with damages, the plaintiffs seek an injunction preventing Facebook from “violating its own policies that are supposed to prevent violent rhetoric, militia groups, and other racially motivated hate groups from congregating and interacting on its site.”