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Police Completely Ignore Kenosha Gunman As He Attempts To Turn Himself In After Killing Two Protesters

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17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder after killing two people in the recent Kenosha riots and injuring a third.

The night of the shootings, Rittenhouse was caught on camera on multiple occasions.

In a video from earlier in the evening, Rittenhouse, an aspiring police officer and former cadet himself, is seen among police officers, wearing a green t-shirt. An officer off-camera can be heard thanking Rittenhouse for being there to help with the protesters, and Rittenhouse is given several bottles of water.

Little did they know, Rittenhouse would be involved in an altercation that would escalate to two murders just minutes later.

In the next video, Rittenhouse appears to be chased by an unidentified man. The two men disappear behind a vehicle when gunshots go off. The next time Rittenhouse appears, the other man is on the ground, and Rittenhouse is making a phone call, saying that he shot someone.

The evening continued to escalate as Rittenhouse left the scene, seeking out a group of police officers in Bearcat vehicles at the end of the street.

Rittenhouse is caught on camera again, running down the street with his gun in full view, being pursued by a group of protesters who saw him shoot the man in the parking lot.

When several people attempted to apprehend him, Rittenhouse began firing his gun. He shot one protester, who appears unmoving on the ground in the video, and was later pronounced dead. He also shot another person in the arm, who was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Once the protesters distanced themselves, Rittenhouse continued down the street, only once pointing his gun in the direction of the protesters when gunshots were heard in the distance. He kept his gun on display and put his hands in the air throughout the rest of his walk toward the Bearcats.

Upon reaching them, however, he was ignored. The Bearcats pulled away from the curb and went around Rittenhouse, heading back in the direction he had come from, toward the protesters.

After not being apprehended by the police, Rittenhouse left the protest and returned home in Antioch, Illinois.

Those following the investigation on Twitter were mortified that Rittenhouse was able to go home that night. 

The shooting occurred on Tuesday evening, and Rittenhouse was arrested on Wednesday and charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

He is currently being held at the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center near Vernon Hills. A date has not been released for Rittenhouse to appear in court for his official hearing.

McKenzie Lynn Tozan

Written by McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives in North Chicago, where she works as a poet, freelance writer, and editor. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, and her BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Thank You for Swallowing, and elsewhere; and her essays and book reviews have appeared with Memoir Mixtapes, The Rumpus, BookPage, and Motherly, among others. When she's not reading and writing, she's in her garden or spending time with her family. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com.