Lawsuit Argues Kenosha Police Helped Rittenhouse, Militia
Suit is filed by the survivor of Rittenhouse shooting.
Gaige Grosskreutz’s lawsuit alleges Kenosha police and sheriff’s deputies “discussed and coordinated strategy” with a “band of white nationalist vigilantes,” on the night of Aug. 25, 2020, to protect property and maintain order on the third night of protest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Grosskreutz was seriously wounded when he was shot by Kyle Rittenhouse.
Rittenhouse’s jury trial begins Nov. 1.
According to the lawsuit, at approximately 11:30 p.m. — about 15 minutes before Rittenhouse shot Rosenbaum, Huber and Grosskreutz — law enforcement officers were talking to Rittenhouse and other armed individuals in the parking lot of a private business.
“Despite the fact that the armed individuals were in violation of the curfew order, the officers and deputies communicated their full support and appreciation for Rittenhouse and others,” the lawsuit says. “In video footage taken at the scene, officers can even be heard asking armed individuals if they needed water and other supplies. Rittenhouse can be seen telling the officers that they did need water, which officers gave them.”
According to the lawsuit, Grosskreutz approached Rittenhouse with his hands raised after seeing him shoot Huber.
Rittenhouse was on the ground, but shot Grosskreutz, destroying about 90 percent of Grosskreutz’s right bicep.
“The lawsuit also fails to acknowledge that Mr. Grosskreutz was himself armed with a firearm when he was shot and Mr. Grosskreutz failed to file this lawsuit against the person who actually shot him,” the statement says. “Sheriff Beth and Kenosha County plan to promptly file a motion to dismiss this case.”
The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, along with “injunctive relief to prevent future violations of the law.”
Huber’s family filed a federal lawsuit similar to Grosskreutz’s in August.
Listen to the WPR report here.
Lawsuit alleges police assisted Rittenhouse, armed militia in Kenosha was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.
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- Attorney General Kaul Statement on the Verdict in Wisconsin v. Rittenhouse - Wisconsin Department of Justice - Nov 19th, 2021
- Supervisor Taylor Statement on the Rittenhouse Verdict - Sup. Sequanna Taylor - Nov 19th, 2021
- Rittenhouse Found Not Guilty on All Counts - WPR Staff - Nov 19th, 2021
- ‘We Have Two Different Justice Systems’ - County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson - Nov 19th, 2021
- U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on the Verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial - U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin - Nov 19th, 2021
- Statement on the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Verdict - Common Council President Cavalier Johnson - Nov 19th, 2021
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