In a stunning admission in court yesterday, Kenosha rioter Gaige Grosskreutz , who by his own admission has attended approximately 75 “protests” claiming to be acting as a “medic” admitted in testimony to chasing down Rittenhouse and pointing his loaded handgun at him. Grosskreutz, who has a concealed carry license, also admitted his permit to carry was expired that night.
According to an AP report,
“Under questioning from the prosecution, Grosskreutz said he had his hands raised as he closed in on Rittenhouse and didn’t intend to shoot the young man. Prosecutor Thomas Binger asked Grosskreutz why he didn’t shoot first.
“That’s not the kind of person that I am. That’s not why I was out there,” he said. “It’s not who I am. And definitely not somebody I would want to become. But during cross-examination, Rittenhouse defense attorney Corey Chirafisi asked: “It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him … that he fired, right?
“Correct,” Grosskreutz replied. The defense also presented a photo showing Grosskreutz pointing the gun at Rittenhouse, who was on the ground with his rifle pointed up at Grosskreutz.
Grosskreutz, under follow-up questioning from the prosecutor, said he did not intend to point his weapon at Rittenhouse.
Wisconsin’s self-defense law allows someone to use deadly force only if “necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm.” The jury must decide whether Rittenhouse believed he was in such peril and whether that belief was reasonable under the circumstances.”
Rittenhouse could face life in prison if he is convicted of the most serious charges against him. He is claiming self-defense at his trial.
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