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Kenosha Shooter Kyle Rittenhouse Seen Drinking With Proud Boys At Wisconsin Bar While Out On Bail

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Kyle Rittenhouse—the 18-year-old from Illinois who was released from Kenosha County Jail on a $2 million bond after fatally shooting two people and injuring a third at a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin—was seen socializing at a bar with people believed to be members of the Proud Boys.

Drinking is legal for 18 – 20 year-olds in Wisconsin if they are accompanied by an adult. Rittenhouse was reportedly there with his mother.

A photo obtained by The Washington Post, showed the teen wearing a T-shirt that read, “Free As F’k” and posing for pictures with group members.

A number of photos showed him flashing the “W” sign—an identifying gesture co-opted by extremist groups to indicate “White Power.”

Reporter Tony Atkins posted photos of the teen shared by prosecutors.

 

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On January 5, Mount Pleasant police responded to a call from someone who spotted the teen at a local bar, called Pudgy’s Pub, and was concerned the teen was in violation of his bond agreement.

Rittenhouse was released on a $2 million bond in November with the help of one of his lawyers and the Christian crowdfunding site Give Send Goa platform the Proud Boys have frequently used to raise money towards activities associated with their cause.

Presently, the bond does not prohibit the teen from entering bars and drinking.

The police confirmed with the Kenosha County District Attorney’s office the teen did not violate his bond agreement.

Rittenhouse was with his mother at the tavern. They both stopped by after pleading not guilty to homicide charges in connection to the Kenosha shooting.

People enraged over the photos shared their thoughts.

 

Kenosha County prosecutors asked the court to modify the bond agreement after the photos of Rittenhouse fraternizing with the extremist group surfaced.

The motion read:

“The defendant’s continued association with members of a group that prides itself on violence, and the use of their symbols, raises the significant possibility of future harm.”

According to WTMJ-TV, prosecutors requested the following adjustments be made:

“The defendant shall be prohibited from possessing or consuming alcohol.”

“The defendant shall not be present in any establishment where alcohol is served.”

“The defendant shall be prohibited from making any public display of any ‘white power’ or ‘white supremacy’ signs, symbols, or hand gestures.”

“The defendant shall have no contact with any known militia members or known members of any violent white power/white supremacist groups or organizations, including but not limited to the group identified as the ‘Proud Boys.’”

Rittenhouse is accused of killing Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and seriously injuring Gaige Grosskreutz on August 25 at a BLM protest in Kenosha.

The teen’s lawyer maintained his client shot in self-defense.

Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1