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MSNBC’s Joy Reid sparks outrage after saying Kyle Rittenhouse used ‘male, white tears’ as defense

MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid has sparked fury by twisting the case of Kyle Rittenhouse and bringing his race into the debate – mocking him for his ‘white tears’ and likening him to Brett Kavanaugh for crying when faced with devastating accusations.

Reid was commenting on Wednesday on the Rittenhouse trial, as the jury concluded deliberations after a second day.

Rittenhouse, 18, who is white, shot and killed two white protesters and injured a third amid chaotic scenes in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020. The unrest in the city was sparked by a white police officer shooting a black motorist, Jacob Blake, seven times in the back and leaving him paralyzed. ​

On November 10 the teenager sobbed on the stand while he recounted the shooting.  

‘So, it’s the Kyle Rittenhouse trial,’ said Reid in a TikTok, accompanied by a soundtrack.

‘It reminded a lot of people of something… something – I can’t remember what it was.

‘Oh, the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.

‘In which Brett Kavanaugh, who had been accused by a high school friend of committing sexual abuse of her, cried his way through the hearings to make him a permanent member – an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.’ 

'So, it's the Kyle Rittenhouse trial,' said Reid in a TikTok, accompanied by a soundtrack. 'It reminded a lot of people of something... something - I can't remember what it was. Oh, the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. In which Brett Kavanaugh, who had been accused by a high school friend of committing sexual abuse of her, cried his way through the hearings to make him a permanent member - an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.'

Joy-Ann Reid, a MSNBC anchor, published a TikTok on Wednesday calling Rittenhouse a ‘Karen’ who used his tears to try and win sympathy – just like, she said, Brett Kavanaugh

Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, broke down on the witness stand on November 10. He is on trial for the killing of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber in Kenosha, Wisconsin

Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, broke down on the witness stand on November 10. He is on trial for the killing of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber in Kenosha, Wisconsin 

He recalled the moment he was 'ambushed' by Joseph Rosenbaum the night he shot him dead and his testimony became emotional as he told his side of the August 2020 event.

He recalled the moment he was ‘ambushed’ by Joseph Rosenbaum the night he shot him dead and his testimony became emotional as he told his side of the August 2020 event.

Brett Kavanaugh is seen fighting back tears as he defends himself against allegations of sexual assault in September 2018, during his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing before his eventual appointment to the Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh is seen fighting back tears as he defends himself against allegations of sexual assault in September 2018, during his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing before his eventual appointment to the Supreme Court

Reid, 52, said that Kavanaugh’s tears of fury when he was accused of sexual assault were ‘powerful’, and propelled him to a seat on the Supreme Court. 

‘And his tears turned out to be more powerful than the tears of Christine Blasey Ford. Which were the tears of an alleged victim,’ she said.

‘But in America, there’s a thing about both white vigilantism and white tears – particularly male white tears.

Rittenhouse in August 2020 with his rifle in August 2020

Rittenhouse in August 2020 with his rifle in August 2020

‘Really, white tears in general – because that’s what Karens are, right?

‘They Karen out, and then as soon as they get caught it’s – bring the waterworks.

‘White men can get away with that too.

‘And it has the same effect – even as the right tries to politicize the idea that masculinity is being robbed from American men by multiculturalism and wokeism.

‘They still want to be able to have their tears.’

Reid is no stranger to controversy. 

She described concerned Virginia parents as racist for caring about education, and called Americans who were angry at President Joe Biden ungrateful.

In December 2017, old blog posts were unearthed in which she speculated that the then-Republican governor of Florida was a closeted gay man and married a woman as a coverup; posted comments ridiculing lesbians; condemned gay sex and shared offensive gay stereotypes.

She initially claimed her blog had been hacked, and the homophobic comments added, but then later apologized for any offense. 

Her mockery of Rittenhouse and framing the shootings as racially motivated – Rittenhouse’s supporters and legal team insist it was self-defense – caused widespread anger.

Conservative commentator Leo Terrell, who is black, accused Reid – who is also black – of racism.

‘Joy Reid – something is wrong with her,’ he said, speaking on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show on Wednesday night.

‘She is the queen of racism. She has a problem with white men. 

‘And her reference to two situations, where she said things from the 50s. What do you mean the 50s? This man, Kyle Rittenhouse, did not kill any black people so I don’t know her reference to the 50s.

‘And she is not a lawyer. And how dare she attack this judge and claim he’s biased?

‘She’s not a lawyer; she’s incompetent to answer these questions.

‘Shame on her, and shame on MSNBC.’

Tucker Carlson on Wednesday accused Reid of stoking racial divisions and tribalism – referencing the horrors of Rwanda, where in 1994 two rival groups, Hutus and Tutsis, turned on each other and 800,000 people were killed in 100 days.

Leo Terrell appeared on Hannity on Wednesday night and said he was furious at Reid's comments, calling her the 'queen of racism'

Leo Terrell appeared on Hannity on Wednesday night and said he was furious at Reid’s comments, calling her the ‘queen of racism’

The murderous rampage was encouraged by broadcasters on local radio stations, and Carlson drew a parallel between their inflammatory statements and Reid’s. 

‘Tribalism has been around for as long as people have been around,’ he said. 

‘It’s never gone away. It just lurks beneath the surface of societies, all societies. One of the main goals of any civilization is to suppress tribalism so we can live together without killing one another. So you should be concerned when it reemerges in public, and boy has it.’

He played the clip of Reid’s TikTok, and remarked: ‘So, that is a currently employed MSNBC anchor, another Harvard graduate, not an employee of a Radio Rwanda.

‘White tears!’ She mocks the very idea,’ said Carlson, before again impersonating Reid. 

Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night likened Reid to the Rwandan radio broadcasters who stirred up racial hatred in 1994

Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night likened Reid to the Rwandan radio broadcasters who stirred up racial hatred in 1994

‘People that evil can’t cry. They don’t have human emotions because they’re not really human. You don’t have to care about them, they don’t qualify for your compassion. You can laugh as they weep and feel good about it.

‘You often hear the word ‘dehumanize,” he said. 

‘What does it mean? That’s what it looks like. So you wonder how long this can go on in our country before something really important breaks.’

The condemnation was swift on social media.

‘What a crazy old racist Joy Reid is,’ said Douglas Murray, associate editor of The Spectator.

Conservative commentator Melissa Tate agreed, tweeting: ‘Joy Reid operates under the same spirit of hatred & racism the kkk & nazi’s operate under. Just replace the word white with Jew every time she speaks & she sounds like Hitler on in 1933. 

‘The left has engineered a society where it’s ok to openly spew vile racism towards whites.’ 

New York Post columnist Miranda Devine said: ‘They try to make the Rittenhouse case about race but it’s about class. Wealthy elitists like Joy Reid and Joe Scarborough and Joe Biden punch down at the white working class son of a single mother because they don’t see him as fully human and it makes them feel good.’

Political commentator Dave Rubin said: ‘There is no mainstream “journalist” more racist than Joy Reid.’

Author Nick Adams, who shot to fame when Donald Trump tweeted favorable reviews of his book, agreed.

‘Joy Reid is the biggest racist on cable,’ he said. 

Gunther Eagleman, a retired policeman turned conservative commentator, said: ‘MSNBC pays Joy Reid to race bait… Period.’

Newsmax host Greg Kelly tweeted: ‘WOW!!!! IN YOUR FACE RACISM! 

‘it’s a hateful RANT against white Men and Women. Some dumb dumb exec at NBC condones this crap. ANGRY JOY HATES THE WORLD!’

And podcast host Stephen Miller joked that Reid may soon try – as with her 2017 blog posts – to claim that her clip was faked.

‘6 years from now Joy Reid will be telling everyone her TikTok was hacked by homophobic time travelers and demanding the FBI investigate,’ he said.  

Reid’s mockery of Rittenhouse’s tears echoed that of Hollywood stars, who called him a bad actor who was ‘fake crying’.   

‘This is how the first take of a crying scene can look,’ said Gossip Girl actor Kevin Zegers.

‘Weeks of anxiety to push the tears out and you come up empty.’ 

Basketball superstar LeBron James retweeted the video with the caption: ‘What tears????? I didn’t see one. Man knock it off! That boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court.’  

The tweet was the first time the Los Angeles Lakers star has spoken out about the Rittenhouse trial since it began last week.  

Many stars responded to James’ remark with their own jokes about the teen’s ‘acting coach.’ 

Dominic Patten, an editor for Deadline, wrote: ‘Bad acting coach, crocodile tears — but perfect for Judge to give Rittenhouse a stern slap on the wrist & proclaim justice done. Ain’t that America?’ 

 

Other stars were quick to come to James' defense. Gossip Girl actor Kevin Zegers wrote that the teen's tears were similar to the 'first take of a crying scene' and that Rittenhouse came up 'empty.' Deadline editor Dominic Patten and Blood and Treasure co-creator Matthew Federman agreed and questioned the teen's 'acting coach'

Other stars were quick to come to James’ defense. Gossip Girl actor Kevin Zegers wrote that the teen’s tears were similar to the ‘first take of a crying scene’ and that Rittenhouse came up ’empty.’ Deadline editor Dominic Patten and Blood and Treasure co-creator Matthew Federman agreed and questioned the teen’s ‘acting coach’ 

The co-creator of Amazon Prime show Blood and Treasure Matthew Federman also compared Rittenhouse’s ‘fake tears’ to Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh’s, who also cried while being questioned by Congress over sexual assault allegations. 

‘Having Kavanaugh confirmation hearing flashbacks from seeing clips of Rittenhouse’s performance. Do self-victimizing white dudes all go to the same acting coach?”  

Chad Lindberg, an actor in the Fast and Furious franchise, wrote: ‘Kyle Rittenhouse is a murderer and terrible f**king actor…’ 

In another post, the actor called out Rittenhouse’s ‘fanboys.’ 

‘I didn’t realize #KyleRittenhouse had so many fanboys,’ the actor said. 

Blacklist writer Pat Cunnane wrote: ‘I don’t know if Kyle Rittenhouse was fake crying. I do know that he crossed state lines and shot three people, killing two of them. I also know that if he weren’t white, he’d probably wouldn’t be on trial. Because he’d be dead.’ 

Other stars were harsher and reminded their followers that Rittenhouse is a 'murderer' and that America needs to redefine what a 'promising young man' looks like

Other stars were harsher and reminded their followers that Rittenhouse is a ‘murderer’ and that America needs to redefine what a ‘promising young man’ looks like 

Hollywood mocks Rittenhouse for crying in court 

The teenager’s tears on the witness stand on November 10 were ridiculed by many in showbusiness and sport.

LeBron James – an outspoken voice in favor of the BLM movement – led the mockery,  tweeting: ‘Man, knock it off’.

He joked that Rittenhouse had ‘eaten some lemonheads’ which provoked his tears.

Actress and director Rosanna Arquette bluntly wrote: ‘Kyle Rittenhouse is a murderer. The End.’

Others accused him of faking his tears.

‘This is how the first take of a crying scene can look,’ said Gossip Girl actor Kevin Zegers.

‘Weeks of anxiety to push the tears out and you come up empty.’  

Indian-American feminist and TV show host Padma Lakshmi retweeted a post by The Volatile Mermaid that read: ‘Good thing Kyle Rittenhouse was just a harmless white kid with an AR-15 and not a scary Black kid with a toy gun or he’d be dead.’ 

The TV show host wrote in response: ‘Time for America to redefine what it means to be a “promising young man.”‘ 

Actress and director Rosanna Arquette bluntly wrote: ‘Kyle Rittenhouse is a murderer. The End.’ 

Star Trek actor George Takei, who played Sulu on the show, called out Judge Schroeder and the defense attorneys in the Ahmaud Arbery trial happening in Georgia for ‘systemic racism’ and encouraged the teaching of critical race theory. 

He wrote: ‘The judge in Kenosha, WI and the defense attorney in Glynn County, GA are doing a good job of showing why we DO need to examine systemic racism in our legal institutions – which is what critical race theory actually is about.’ 

‘If you want to see how justice often leans hard toward privilege, watch the judge in the Rittenhouse case. A deplorable example, indeed,’ he also tweeted. 

He later tweeted: ‘So, did this judge in the Rittenhouse case just get up one day and say, “I’m going to make a total ass of myself before the entire nation?” Because that’s how he’s going to be remember. As how not to act when you’re a judge.’ 

Star Trek George Takei, who has been publicly open about his opinion on the case on multiple occasions, wrote that the country needs to 'examine systemic racism' and that Rittenhouse's case is being swayed by 'privilege'

Star Trek George Takei, who has been publicly open about his opinion on the case on multiple occasions, wrote that the country needs to ‘examine systemic racism’ and that Rittenhouse’s case is being swayed by ‘privilege’ 

Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle after Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse across a parking lot and threw a plastic bag at him shortly before midnight on August 25, 2020. 

Moments later, as Rittenhouse was running down a street, he shot and killed Anthony Huber, 26, a protester from Silver Lake, Wisconsin. 

Rittenhouse has been charged with two counts of homicide, one count of attempted homicide, and recklessly endangering safety.

A further count of illegal possession of a dangerous weapon by a minor was dropped on Monday. 

The 18-year-old faces life in prison if convicted. 

Police forces across America are preparing for civil unrest in reaction to the looming verdict in the case that is widely believed to end in a mistrial or an acquittal. 

Rittenhouse’s lawyers have asked for a mistrial because prosecutors introduced banned evidence, and on Wednesday it emerged they had shown the jury a different version of a video shown to the jury. 

Some legal experts have now suggested it was a deliberate move to throw the trial as their chances of convicting grew narrower.

The governor of Wisconsin, Tony Evers, has called up 500 members of the National Guard, who remain on standby 60 miles outside Kenosha.

There were largely peaceful protests outside the courthouse on Monday and Tuesday, but on Wednesday afternoon scuffles broke out and two people were arrested. 

Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum (pictured), 36, with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle after Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse across a parking lot and threw a plastic bag at him shortly before midnight on August 25, 2020

Moments later, as Rittenhouse was running down a street, he shot and killed Anthony Huber (pictured), 26, a protester from Silver Lake, Wisconsin

Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum (left), 36, with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle after Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse across a parking lot and threw a plastic bag at him shortly before midnight on August 25, 2020. Moments later, as Rittenhouse was running down a street, he shot and killed Anthony Huber (right), 26, a protester from Silver Lake, Wisconsin

Tensions rose when a 20-year-old man wearing a ‘F**k Kyle’ T-shirt, Bart Simpson backpack, and Chicago Bulls beanie was arrested after scuffling with prominent Rittenhouse supporter Emily Cahill.

The two traded insults before the man threw a protest sign at Cahill. 

He and fellow anti-Rittenhouse protestors tried to wrestle the sign back and as he was being pulled off Cahill he sucker-punched one reporter in the jaw.

Other protestors tried unsuccessfully to lead the man away and calm him down, but he then went on to strike several other people — including a DailyMail.com photographer — before being pinned to the ground and hauled away in a paddy wagon.

He was heard calling for his mother as the vehicle pulled away.

A 20-year-old man in a Chicago Bulls hat holds up a sign outside the courthouse, demanding Rittenhouse be convicted. The man later got into scuffles with Rittenhouse supporters and was arrested for disorderly conduct and battery

A 20-year-old man in a Chicago Bulls hat holds up a sign outside the courthouse, demanding Rittenhouse be convicted. The man later got into scuffles with Rittenhouse supporters and was arrested for disorderly conduct and battery

Wearing a Bart Simpson backpack, a protester calling for Kyle Rittenhouse's conviction scuffles with an opponent on the steps of the courthouse on Wednesday

Wearing a Bart Simpson backpack, a protester calling for Kyle Rittenhouse’s conviction scuffles with an opponent on the steps of the courthouse on Wednesday

A BLM supporter is seen scuffling with pro-Rittenhouse demonstrator Emily Cahill on Wednesday

A BLM supporter is seen scuffling with pro-Rittenhouse demonstrator Emily Cahill on Wednesday 

The man in the Bart Simpson backpack is pictured on Wednesday being arrested by Kenosha police following the scuffle

The man in the Bart Simpson backpack is pictured on Wednesday being arrested by Kenosha police following the scuffle

Police arrested the man who hit the cameraman, as well as another woman. Both of them were taken to a nearby police van.

The man, a 20-year-old, was arrested for battery, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department. 

The 34-year-old woman was arrested for disorderly conduct. 

‘Yes I got a little hurt so I had to leave,’ Cahill told Fox News. 

‘I’m going to try and be back tomorrow.’ 

The flurry of violence as dark fell came after a calm day, which saw supporters of both sides had been sharing pizza as they awaited the verdict for the second day. 

Justin Blake (center), whose brother Jacob was shot by police on August 23, 2020 - sparking the Kenosha riots - is seen on Wednesday night leading a protest outside the courthouse

Justin Blake (center), whose brother Jacob was shot by police on August 23, 2020 – sparking the Kenosha riots – is seen on Wednesday night leading a protest outside the courthouse

The 20-year-old man with the Bart Simpson backpack is seen outside the Kenosha courthouse on Wednesday

The 20-year-old man with the Bart Simpson backpack is seen outside the Kenosha courthouse on Wednesday

The 20-year-old can be seen grabbing at a pro-Rittenhouse demonstrator's sign

The 20-year-old can be seen grabbing at a pro-Rittenhouse demonstrator’s sign

He then grappled with a man wearing a black backpack, on the steps of the courthouse

He then grappled with a man wearing a black backpack, on the steps of the courthouse

Emily Cahill, a Rittenhouse supporter, tries to keep a grip on her sign as the 20-year-old man attempts to wrestle it from her

Emily Cahill, a Rittenhouse supporter, tries to keep a grip on her sign as the 20-year-old man attempts to wrestle it from her

The young man continues tussling with Cahill, trying to get her sign

The young man continues tussling with Cahill, trying to get her sign

Police are seen arresting the 20-year-old with the Bart Simpson backpack - he was arrested for battery and disorderly conduct

Police are seen arresting the 20-year-old with the Bart Simpson backpack – he was arrested for battery and disorderly conduct

Officers from Kenosha police form a barricade as the 20-year-old is handcuffed

Officers from Kenosha police form a barricade as the 20-year-old is handcuffed

A man is pictured being pushed to the ground amid the chaos

A man is pictured being pushed to the ground amid the chaos

A second person is pictured being wrestled to the ground by Kenosha police

A second person is pictured being wrestled to the ground by Kenosha police

A Kenosha officer tries to calm down an agitated woman outside the courthouse

A Kenosha officer tries to calm down an agitated woman outside the courthouse

The second person is seen being detained by officers

The second person is seen being detained by officers

What charges does Kyle Rittenhouse face? 

Kyle Rittenhouse shot three men, killing two of them and wounding the third, during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. Rittenhouse has argued that he fired in self-defense after the men attacked him. 

Here’s a look at the charges that prosecutors carried into court, as well as lesser charges that the judge could put before the jury in final instructions:

COUNT 1: FIRST-DEGREE RECKLESS HOMICIDE, USE OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON

This felony charge is connected to the death of Joseph Rosenbaum, the first man Rittenhouse shot. Bystander video shows Rosenbaum chasing Rittenhouse through a parking lot and throwing a plastic bag at him. Rittenhouse flees behind a car and Rosenbaum follows. Video introduced at trial showed Rittenhouse wheeling around and firing as Rosenbaum chased him. Richie McGinniss, a reporter who was trailing Rittenhouse, testified that Rosenbaum lunged for Rittenhouse’s gun.

Reckless homicide differs from intentional homicide in that prosecutors aren’t alleging Rittenhouse intended to murder Rosenbaum. Instead, they’re alleging Rittenhouse caused Rosenbaum’s death in circumstances showing an utter disregard for human life.

Former Waukesha County District Attorney Paul Bucher said prosecutors’ decision to charge reckless instead of intentional homicide shows they don’t know what happened between Rittenhouse and Rosenbaum and what might have been going through Rittenhouse’s mind when he pulled the trigger.

The charge is punishable by up to 60 years in prison. The dangerous weapon modifier carries an additional five years.

Prosecutors asked Judge Bruce Schroeder to let the jury also consider a lesser charge, second-degree reckless homicide, that does not require a finding that Rittenhouse acted with utter disregard for human life. It’s punishable by up to 25 years in prison. But after Rittenhouse’s attorneys objected, Schroeder said he did not plan to give that instruction. He said he expected that a guilty verdict on that count would be overturned because the defense objected to adding it.

COUNT 2: FIRST-DEGREE RECKLESSLY ENDANGERING SAFETY, USE OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON

This felony charge is connected to the Rosenbaum shooting. McGinniss told investigators he was in the line of fire when Rittenhouse shot Rosenbaum. The charge is punishable by 12 1/2 years in prison. The weapons modifier carries an additional five years.

Prosecutors asked Schroeder to let the jury consider a second-degree version of this charge. The difference is that the second-degree version doesn’t require a finding that Rittenhouse acted with utter disregard for human life. Schroeder said he was inclined to allow that instruction, though he didn’t make a final ruling. The charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

COUNT 3: FIRST-DEGREE RECKLESSLY ENDANGERING SAFETY, USE OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON

Video shows an unknown man leaping at Rittenhouse and trying to kick him seconds before Anthony Huber moves his skateboard toward him. Rittenhouse appears to fire two rounds at the man but apparently misses as the man runs away.

This charge is a felony punishable by 12 1/2 years in prison. The weapons modifier again would add up to five more years.

Schroeder said he would decline prosecutors’ request that jurors be allowed to consider this charge in the second degree.

COUNT 4: FIRST-DEGREE INTENTIONAL HOMICIDE, USE OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON

This charge is connected to Huber’s death. Video shows Rittenhouse running down the street after shooting Rosenbaum when he falls to the street. Huber leaps at him and swings a skateboard at his head and neck and tries to grab Rittenhouse’s gun before Rittenhouse fires. The criminal complaint alleges Rittenhouse aimed the weapon at Huber.

Intentional homicide means just that – a person killed someone and meant to do it. Bucher said that if Rittenhouse pointed the gun at Huber and pulled the trigger that would amount to intentional homicide. However, self-defense would trump the charge.

‘Why I intended to kill this individual makes the difference,’ Bucher said.

The count carries a mandatory life sentence. The weapons modifier would add up to five years.

Prosecutors asked Schroeder to give the jury the option of second-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide and second-degree reckless homicide in Huber’s death. The defense objected only to the second-degree reckless homicide charge, and Schroeder said he ’embraced’ that argument.

Second-degree intentional homicide is a fallback charge when a defendant believed he was in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm and that it was necessary to use force – but either belief was unreasonable. It’s punishable by up to 60 years in prison.

The first-degree reckless homicide charge sought in Huber’s death matches an original charge in Rosenbaum’s death – it would require jurors to decide that Rittenhouse caused Huber’s death with an utter disregard for human life – and is punishable by up to 60 years in prison.

COUNT 5: ATTEMPTED FIRST-DEGREE INTENTIONAL HOMICIDE, USE OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON

This is the charge for Rittenhouse shooting Gaige Grosskreutz in the arm seconds after he shot Huber, and as Grosskreutz came toward him holding a pistol. Grosskreutz survived. Video shows Rittenhouse pointing his gun at Grosskreutz and firing a single round.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 60 years. The weapons modifier would add up to five more years.

Prosecutors asked that the jury be allowed to consider lesser counts in the Grosskreutz shooting: second-degree attempted intentional homicide, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree reckless endangerment. Defense attorneys didn’t oppose the first, but did oppose adding the reckless endangerment counts. Schroeder didn’t rule but said he was inclined to side with prosecutors.

The possible punishment for attempted second-degree intentional homicide is 30 years.

DISMISSED – COUNT 6: POSSESSION OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON BY A PERSON UNDER 18

Rittenhouse was armed with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle. He was 17 years old on the night of the shootings. Wisconsin law prohibits minors from possessing firearms except for hunting. It was not clear on Friday what Schroeder intends to tell jurors about that charge.

The charge is a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months behind bars.

Judge Bruce Schroeder dismissed count 6 from Rittenhouse’s rap sheet Monday morning. 

COUNT 7: FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH AN EMERGENCY ORDER FROM STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Rittenhouse was charged with being out on the streets after an 8 p.m. curfew imposed by the city, a minor offense that carries a fine of up to $200. Judge Bruce Schroeder dismissed the charge during the second week of trial after the defense argued that prosecutors hadn’t offered enough evidence to prove it



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