Kyle Rittenhouse will face a wrongful death lawsuit from the father of one of the men he shot dead during the Kenosha riots, a judge has ruled.
The case was brought by John Huber, the father of rioter Anthony Huber who was fatally shot by Rittenhouse during the 2020 BLM protests in Wisconsin.
A federal judge shot down requests from Rittenhouse’s lawyers to dismiss the suit on Wednesday, which also names law enforcement personnel and officials as defendants.
The lawsuit, which was originally filed in 2021, claims that Rittenhouse conspired with police to target protestors who took to the streets following the shooting of Jacob Blake in August 2020. He was found not guilty of homicide at trial.
John Huber’s lawsuit also alleges that officers violated his son’s constitutional rights when they allowed the riots to erupt into violence, resulting in his death.
Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all counts as he faced trial following the shooting in 2020
Anthony Huber was killed by Rittenhouse during BLM riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2020. Rittenhouse was acquitted in the trial
Following a murder trial that gained international attention, Rittenhouse was cleared on all counts for his actions during the 2020 shooting.
He was charged with first-degree intentional homicide alongside several other counts for killing Huber, as well as Joseph Rosenbaum while also wounding Gaige Grosskreutz.
Jurors deliberated for four days before returning a verdict of not-guilty on all five counts he faced.
Lawyers for the 18-year-old managed to successfully convince the jury that their client acted in self-defense during a the protest against police brutality.
Following the not-guilty verdict, President Biden came under fire after he said he was ‘angry and concerned’ by the result.
Rittenhouse’s murder trial gained international attention in the wake of the 2020 BLM riots
As the verdict was read in his trial, Rittenhouse, 18, started to shake as he fought back tears. But by the end he could hold them no longer and he collapsed into his chair then hugged defense attorney Corey Chirafisi
The wrongful death lawsuit has been brought against Rittenhouse by John Huber, father of one of the men Rittenhouse shot dead
The wrongful death lawsuit against Rittenhouse also alleges that Rittenhouse, alongside other armed counter-protestors, were ‘subject to a different set of rules and were allowed to move about freely in areas controlled’ by law enforcement.
Despite being a minor unauthorized to carry a firearm, the complaint claims that he was never questioned by law enforcement.
The suit further claims that authorities ‘forced protestors into a confined area with hostile, armed individuals,’ and thus failed to ‘protect protestors from violence perpetrated by the armed individuals.’
Faced with the wrongful death suit, Rittenhouse’s legal team had filed motions to dismiss, which were rejected by US District Judge Lynn Adelman on Wednesday.
The death of Anthony Huber ‘could plausibly be regarded as having been proximately caused by the actions of the governmental defendants,’ Adelman said.
However, Rittenhouse’s attorney argued that the approval of Huber’s lawsuit doesn’t have any validation as to the merits of the case.
‘While we respect the judge’s decision, we do not believe there is any evidence of a conspiracy and we are confident, just as a Kenosha jury found, Kyle’s actions that evening were not wrongful and were undertaken in self-defense,’ said the attorney.
As the lawsuit can now proceed, Anand Swaminathan, an attorney for Huber’s parents, said the family is ‘one step closer to justice for their son’s needless death.’
‘The Kenosha officials that created a powder keg situation by their actions tried to claim that they cannot be held accountable for their unconstitutional conduct; that argument was soundly rejected today.’
During the controversial 2021 trial, Rittenhouse’s attorneys argued before a judge that Anthony Huber had a violent criminal past which included a string of offenses.
They alleged that Huber had previously assaulted family members and threatened to ‘gut his brother like a pig’.
The shocking revelations also allege that Huber threatened to burn down the family home ‘with all you f****** in it.’
Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi argued that the evidence would only be brought in front of the jury if the state attempted to push the notion that Huber was ‘a hero’.
She told the judge: ‘Huber told his brother he would kill him. Huber put a knife to his brother’s stomach saying he was going to gut him like a pig.
‘Huber grabbed his brother by the neck, dug his nails in and choked him for approximately ten seconds. He put a knife to his brother’s left ear and his brother felt it cut.
‘He said, ‘I’m going to burn the house down with all you f*****s in it.’
On another occasion he kicked his sister in her right hip, causing her to collapse.
Chirafisi stated, ‘they’re saying this is a peaceful man. If you’re saying that’s peaceful this is the [material] we will want to admit.’
Faced with these claims being brought to light, the state backed away from the attempt to paint Huber a ‘hero’, and thus the jury did not hear details of Huber’s violent criminal past.
Rittenhouse is facing a second legal battle after previously being found not-guilty during his 2021 trial
Rittenhouse fatally shot two men during a police brutality protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin
The then-17-year-old fatally shot two protestors and wounded a third as a BLM riot in Kenosha erupted into violence
The shooting that pushed Kyle Rittenhouse into the national spotlight erupted on August 25, 2020.
The then-17-year-old travelled to Kenosha as the city was descending into a third night of violence following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
The teenager, armed with a semiautomatic rifle, shot and killed two protestors and wounded a third while patrolling the area with several others who were also armed.
Footage of the shooting posted on social media appeared to show Rittenhouse sitting on the ground and opening fire, before several protestors attempt to disarm him.
After being confronted by rioters, Rittenhouse was seen being kicked by one person while another attempted to grab his weapon.
As the teen stumbled backwards, a witness, Julio Rosas, 24, said: ‘Two people jumped onto him and there was a struggle for control of his rifle.
‘At that point during the struggle, he just began to fire multiple rounds, and that dispersed people near him.
‘The rifle was being jerked around in all directions while it was being fired.’
Anthony Huber was later identified as one of the men who confronted Rittenhouse during the night of violence, with the 17-year-old’s attorney’s successfully arguing in court that the teenager acted in self-defense.