17-Year-Old Charged With Murder After Two Protesters Killed in Kenosha

An Illinois teenager was charged with murder after authorities said he killed two people and injured one other at a protest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, The Washington Post reports.

Police in Antioch, Illinois arrested 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse about 20 miles away from Kenosha on Wednesday.

Rittenhouse is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in Wisconsin.

It is unclear if he is being charged with both shootings or just one.

A complained filed by the Antioch Police said Rittenhouse was a fugitive who fled Wisconsin “with the intent to avoid prosecution for that offense.”

He was held without bond and is expected to face an extradition hearing on Friday.

Shooting came after militia call to action:

The shootings came after an armed militia took to the streets of Kenosha to protect property after numerous buildings and vehicles were vandalized and set on fire.

It is unclear if Rittenhouse is a member of any of these groups, though he was recorded on video alongside other armed men.

Rittenhouse’s social media feeds are filled with pro-police messages and photos of him holding assault rifles.

Rittenhouse is a former police cadet in Illinois.

Kenosha police claim violation of curfew is to blame:

Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis said on Wednesday that the shooting could have been prevented if the protesters complied with the curfew.

“Persons who were out after the curfew became engaged in some type of disturbance, and persons were shot. Everybody involved was out after the curfew. I’m not going to make a great deal of that, but the point is the curfew is in place to protect,” he said. “Had persons not been out involved in violation of that, perhaps the situation that unfolded would not have happened.”


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