Daily Caller Videographer Spars with Chases
Kyle Rittenhouse, left, and Richie McGinnis, right, at the November 5 trial. (Photos by Sean Krajacic-Pool / Getty Images)
The prosecution in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial fought in court on Thursday with a witness, a Daily Caller videographer, over the final moments of the teenager’s first man to be shot during a street protest in August 2020.
Richie McGinnis, who filmed the aftermath of the shooting, testified that Joseph Rosenbaum was looking for Rittenhouse’s weapon, an AR-15 style rifle, when he was first shot.
Deputy District Attorney Thomas Binger said McGinnis’ interpretation of Rosenbaum’s motives was “guesswork.”
“Well, [Rosenbaum] said, ‘Fuck you’ and grabbed the gun, ”McGinnis replied.
Rittenhouse’s high-profile trial begins its fourth day on Friday. Rittenhouse, 18, is accused of intentionally killing Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a protest against police brutality on August 25 in Kenosha, Wis., Two days after a cop hit there partially paralyzed a black man . Rittenhouse also shot and injured Gaige Grosskreutz. The armed teenager had attended protests from Illinois in response to a call to protect a car dealership. Rittenhouse maintains that he shot the men in self-defense. He was charged with one count of first degree reckless homicide, one count of first degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted first degree homicide, as well as several counts of less serious accusation.
Binger and defense attorney Mark Richards cross-examined two witnesses on Thursday. The first was McGinnis and the second was Ryan Balch, a militia member who had spent time with Rittenhouse that evening. During cross-examination, many questions revolved around Rosenbaum and his actions shortly before Rittenhouse killed him.
Rittenhouse first shot Rosenbaum following an altercation in a parking lot, then ran away from the scene with his gun. A crowd pursued him and confronted him in the street, where he fell. Rittenhouse shot and killed Huber, who was attempting to hit him with his skateboard, as well as Grosskreutz, who was nearby. The defense says Rittenhouse killed in self-defense, while the prosecution says he was the instigator of the bloodshed.
McGinnis filmed several key moments on the set of Rosenbaum and was the first person to administer aid to the dying.
During interrogation, Binger and McGinnis appeared to disagree whether Rosenbaum fell before being shot or whether he was looking for Rittenhouse’s gun. McGinnis has said on several occasions that it looks like Rosenbaum is looking for the weapon.
“I didn’t know if the gun was going to be grabbed or fired, or what exactly was going to happen,” McGinnis said. “It was clear to me that it was likely that something dangerous was going to happen, whether it was Mr. Rosenbaum grabbing him or Mr. Rittenhouse pulling him.”
McGinnis looked visibly upset when the video he took of Rosenbaum’s final moments was shown in court.
McGinnis’ time at the helm was followed by Balch, a veteran who said he traveled to Kenosha to protect private property. Balch said he had met Rittenhouse that evening and believed he was “under-equipped and under-experienced”, so the more experienced people “stayed with him.” He described Rittenhouse as “too innocent for his own good”.
In one of the videos shown in court, which was filmed by McGinnis, Balch and Rittenhouse walk into the crowd where Rittenhouse attempted to see if anyone needed medical attention.
Balch said he met Rosenbaum earlier today, described him as “hyper-aggressive” and that protesters told him Rosenbaum was not with them. He also claimed that Rosenbaum was acting violently, although he admitted to not seeing him hit anyone. Balch said they came across Rosenbaum while walking with Rittenhouse and another militia member, he said after putting out a fire that some protesters tried to start, Rosenbaum yelled at them.
“’If I catch you alone tonight I’m going to fucking kill you,” Balch said remembering Rosenbaum yelling at them.
McGinnis and Balch both said they didn’t see Rosenbaum with a gun. While Balch was not there for the time of the murders, he was there for the consequences and saw the body of Huber and Grosskreutz receiving medical treatment. Another militia member who traveled to Kenosha with Balch will be cross-examined on Friday.
At the start of Thursday’s hearing, the judge fired a juror for making a joke about the black man gunned down by police who sparked the BLM rally in Kenosha.
Interest in the case is extremely high with tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people watching it live. The trial was polarized and seen through the lenses reflected by the various arguments. On the left, Rittenhouse is seen as a young man who was looking to spill Kenosha blood that evening, while on the right he is seen as someone who killed in self-defense and in some extreme corners right, Rittenhouse is being actively treated. as a hero.
The trial continues next week. Grosskreutz, the man who survived the Rittenhouse shot, is expected to speak.
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