Rittenhouse Defense Wants Expert Witness To Argue Self Defense
Judge hearing the case considers allowing jury to hear testimony from a use of force expert.
A use-of-force expert testified Tuesday that Kyle Rittenhouse was in “reactionary mode” last year when he shot three people during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha.
Dr. John Black‘s statements offer an indication of how Rittenhouse’s attorneys plan to defend him. Prosecutors argued earlier Tuesday morning that Black’s testimony shouldn’t be allowed in Rittenhouse’s upcoming trial.
Schroeder did uphold a charge against Rittenhouse that he possessed his gun illegally and denied a request by prosecutors to limit how media cover the high-profile trial.
Rittenhouse, who was in court Tuesday, has pleaded not guilty. His attorneys argue the shootings were in self-defense.
Schroeder ruled last month the jury won’t hear evidence that connects the alt-right group the Proud Boys and Rittenhouse.
If allowed, Black is expected to testify during the trial that the scene on the night of Aug. 25, 2020, including darkness, fires and ambient gunfire, had an effect on Rittenhouse that could have caused him to shoot his victims.
Black, an Oregon state resident, spoke to the court via Zoom on Tuesday. He said he has consulted on use-of-force cases about 60 times.
Black told the court that after reviewing video footage and sound from the night of the shooting, Rittenhouse’s total gunfire was finished in 5.63 seconds.
“The idea of reacting is something else is pushing us to do something, you are playing catch up,” Black said. “The idea is something else outside of you is the initiator of the action. You are reacting to the stimulator.”
Rittenhouse’s attorney Mark Richards asked if the “reactor” was Rosenbaum.
“I can’t speak to Mr. Rittenhouse, but it would be absolutely reasonable,” Black said. “I see evidence of Rittenhouse moving away towards his adversary.”
The state plans to rebut Black’s testimony with its own expert witness during Rittenhouse’s trial. Another hearing is scheduled Oct. 25.
Rittenhouse was 17 when he went to Kenosha, armed with a rifle, to respond to protests and rioting following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Blake, who is Black, was left paralyzed when he was shot in the back by a white police officer. The shooting, found by an independent investigator to be justified, was captured on video and became a national flashpoint.
Jury selection is set to begin Nov. 1.
Expert witness tells court Rittenhouse was in ‘reactionary mode’ when he shot 3 people was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.
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