One man that survived being shot by Kyle Rittenhouse during the 2020 Kenosha, Wisconsin, riots had officially slammed down a lawsuit against the 20-year-old and a number of police departments and officials.
Gaige Grosskreutz, who was shot in the arm by Rittenhouse in the wake of pointing a gun at the teen during the chaotic riots, is seeking “damages for emotional distress, humiliation, loss of enjoyment of life, and other pain and suffering on all claims,” as well as punitive damages and economic losses, stated a report by Fox News. Grosskreutz filed the lawsuit back on the 14th of February.
“Astonishingly, the Kenosha Police Department, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, their supervising officials and police officers, and law enforcement officers from surrounding communities did not treat Defendant Rittenhouse or any of the other armed individuals patrolling the streets as a threat to the safety of themselves or the citizens they were sworn to protect,” expressed the lawsuit.
“Instead, the law enforcement Defendants deputized these armed individuals, conspired with them, and ratified their actions by letting them patrol the streets, armed with deadly weapons, to mete out justice as they saw fit,” continued the suit.
Grosskreutz openly admitted to brandishing his gun to threaten Rittenhouse when he previously testified at the trial for the latter back in 2021. Rittenhouse, who was charged with murder after the fatal shooting of two men and injuring Grosskreutz, ended up being found entirely not guilty as of November 2021 in the wake of the highly contentious trial.
Back on August 25, 2020, when Rittenhouse was still 17 years old, he and a group of others went out armed with a number of rifles to start patrolling the area of downtown Kenosha in order to protect one used car dealership from the giant crowds attempting to loot and vandalize everything throughout the riots in response to the police shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white police officer.
While he was defending the car dealership, rioters started to rush after and chase Rittenhouse, and “[u]pon the sound of a gunshot behind him, Kyle turned and was immediately faced with an attacker lunging towards him and reaching for his rifle. He reacted instantaneously and justifiably with his weapon to protect himself, firing and striking the attacker,” expressed one statement from 2021 which was issued by his attorney.
“In fear for his life and concerned the crowd would either continue to shoot at him or even use his own weapon against him, Kyle had no choice but to fire multiple rounds towards his immediate attackers, striking two, including one armed attacker,” concluded the legal firm.
At that time, a jury fully acquitted Rittenhouse of all charges.