Witnesses who livestreamed anxiety in Kenosha testified in a murder trial at Kyle Rittenhouse that teens looked “nervous” on August 25, 2020.
Witnesses also testified that Joseph Rosenhaum, one of the three men Rittenhaus shot that night, was acting “unstable.”
In his opening statement, Rittenhaus lawyer claimed that Rosenbaum was an invader whose actions ignited a deadly conflict.
Witnesses who live-streamed civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August 2020 looked “nervous” the night Kyle Rittenhouse shot three protesters, but one of the men shot by Rittenhouse He told the jury that he looked “unstable.”
Kenosha-based Koeri Washington, who photographed the Rittenhouse running beside him with a fire extinguisher, described the 17-year-old at the time as an “interesting person” in his testimony Wednesday.
Rittenhaus has been tried for fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Hoover and injuring Gaiji Grosskreutz in a protest caused by Jacob Blake’s police shooting. Rittenhaus pleaded not guilty, claiming he was afraid of his life and only shot the man because they were chasing him.
Wearing a navy suit and a yellow and blue striped tie, Rittenhaus was able to take notes through Wednesday’s minutes and watch him enthusiastically.
Washington testified on Wednesday that Rittenhaus stood out to him, but live streamers emphasized that it wasn’t a “malicious” way. He also said he didn’t think Rittenhaus was “intent to go around and reap a lot of people.”
Rather, Washington said Rittenhouse caught his attention mainly because he looked very young, smoked chains, and mysteriously wore purple medical gloves.
“I think this is my opinion. He was young and didn’t seem to know what was going on,” Washington said. “He seemed nervous in the situation, but I think a lot of people were nervous. It wasn’t trivial to him. That was what I noticed.”
Washington also agreed when one of Rittenhouse’s defense lawyers asked if Rosenbaum was behaving erratically.
Mark Richards, Chief Counsel for Rittenhouse, Opening statement On Tuesday, Rosenbaum was an invader whose actions ignited a deadly conflict. According to Richards, Rosenbaum threatened the life of the Rittenhouse by chasing the Rittenhouse into the parking lot of a car dealership and rushing into the teenager AR-15.
Rosenbaum arrived in protest that night after being released from a mental hospital after an attempted suicide. He was seen in various videos of armed civilians shooting him, helping him push burning dumplings, and wielding what at one point looked like a chain.
In a cross-examination by the prosecutor, Washington said his perception of Rosenbaum’s “unstable” behavior came primarily from the videos he watched, rather than direct observation.
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