According to CBS News, a 17-year-old is facing charges of homicide and attempted homicide after a shooting that transpired during a Tuesday night protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin following a police shooting there. Two were killed, according to CBS — and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has suggested that President Donald Trump may bear part of the blame for their deaths.
“What is the responsibility that the president needs to feel about what encouragement, or whatever the word is, that he may have given?” Pelosi said during a Wednesday interview with late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert, according to Breitbart. “The comfort level for someone to do such a thing and be so brazen about it?”
“Lawlessness on American streets”
As Breitbart reported, the protests in Kenosha began after video of a white police officer shooting 29-year-old Jacob Blake, who is Black, went viral.
“Jacob Blake was shot seven times for something — well, when you saw it, it didn’t seem as if there was any justification for it,” Pelosi said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday, according to Breitbart. “Especially in front of his children.”
President Trump has responded to the unrest in Kenosha by sending federal officers to the city to help quell the violence, Breitbart further reported.
“We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets,” he tweeted Wednesday. “My team just got off the phone with [Democrat Wisconsin] Governor [Tony] Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance (Portland should do the same!)”
…TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2020
“I just killed somebody”
In addition to the two men killed, the shooting that prompted Pelosi’s Wednesday remarks left one man wounded.
According to a criminal complaint filed by the state of Wisconsin, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse “recklessly cause[d] the death of Joseph D. Rosenbaum” and Richard McGinnis, who the complaint says was a reporter.
Rosenbaum was said to have thrown “an object” at Rittenhouse before the two approached each other. At least four “loud bangs” were heard on cell phone video seen by prosecutors.
The complaint adds:
As the defendant is running away, he can be heard saying on the phone, “I just killed somebody.”
Rittenhouse’s recently-hired attorney, L. Lin Wood, insists that his client acted in self-defense. “Murder charges are factually unsupportable,” Wood said, according to the New York Post. He said the charges represent “an egregious miscarriage of justice.”