On August 25, 2020, Kyle Howard Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old from Antioch, Illinois, fatally shot two men and wounded another in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The shootings occurred during the protests, riots, and civil unrest that followed the shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white police officer. At trial Rittenhouse used the affirmative defense of self-defense and was acquitted of all charges. Rittenhouse and the three men he shot were white. Rittenhouse was armed with a semi-automatic, AR-15 style rifle that he had asked his friend, Dominick Black, to purchase for him. Black and Rittenhouse had joined a group of armed men in Kenosha who said they were there to protect businesses. Rittenhouse said he was there to protect a car dealership from being vandalized and to provide medical aid.
Defense attorney Mark Richards urged Kyle Rittenhouse to stay off TV and change his name as Republicans try to exploit the teen for..