Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused of shooting and killing two people during a Black Lives Matter riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was released from jail on a $2 million bond.
On Friday, a spokesperson for the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department announced that Rittenhouse’s attorney paid the cash bond that was set by a judge earlier in November. As a result, Rittenhouse is no longer in custody at the Kenosha County Jail.
On October 30, an Illinois judge approved of Rittenhouse’s extradition to Wisconsin to face homicide charges relating to the shooting, in which 26-year-old Anthony Huber and 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum were shot and killed during what Rittenhouse’s lawyers say was an attempt to cause the teenager grievous injury and take his life.
Rittenhouse also faces a charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide for the shooting of Gauge Grosskreutz, 26, and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety for firing his semi-automatic rifle at those whom he allegedly shot. He was also charged with possession of a dangerous weapon for a person under 18.
The shootings occurred in the wake of riots in Kenosha, when a police officer discharged his firearm at Jacob Blake, a black man, who was resisting arrest and attempting to board his vehicle, where a knife was found. Following a night of violent protests, which saw the destruction of a wide swath of local businesses in the area, other protesters and counter-protesters, including Kyle Rittenhouse, made their way to the city.
Rittenhouse told prosecutors that he went to Kenosha with a friend, Dominick Black, to protect local businesses on the night of the deadly shootings.
The case remains a rallying cry for many on the right, who see Rittenhouse as having exercised his 2nd amendment rights in defense of the community, and himself.