Kyle Rittenhouse: Teen asks prosecutors to return gun used to kill two people in Kenosha shooting | world news
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The teenager acquitted after shooting three people during anti-racism riots in Wisconsin has demanded that his gun be returned to him.
Kyle Rittenhouse, 19, killed Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and injured Gaige Grosskreutz during protests in Kenosha in August 2020.
He was cleared of all charges, including murder after arguing, he fired his gun in self-defense, in a trial that has divided America.
Now his attorneys have filed a motion asking prosecutors to return Rittenhouse’s AR15-style rifle and ammunition.
He also asks for the cloth face mask and clothing he was wearing the night of the shooting, as well as his cell phone and a single $1 bill.
Rittenhouse’s lawyers say the teenager wants to destroy the gun for fear it will be used to ‘celebrate’ the shooting or be used as a trophy or political symbol – and throw away the other items.
The protest in Kenosha came as anger flared over the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, by a white policeman.
Rittenhouse, of Illinois, was among 250 people arrested in the days after the violence broke out.
He surrendered to police in his hometown of Antioch.
Rittenhouse family spokesman David Hancock told an earlier hearing: “Ultimately two people lost their lives.
“This weapon was involved in this.
“The gun has no place on a coat. It has no place in a museum.
“It belongs where Kyle wants it, and Kyle wants it destroyed.”
Mr Hancock added: “There are a lot of people who would like to hold these items, on both sides.
“It’s nothing Kyle cares about.”
Rittenhouse claimed he traveled to Kenosha to protect his property and acted in self-defense after fearing for his life.
Prosecutors have branded him a ‘wannabe soldier’ looking for trouble – while his supporters have suggested he is fighting lawlessness.
The verdict sparked fury in the United States with widespread violence prompting President Joe Biden to urge the nation to remain calm.
A Wisconsin judge will hear arguments regarding the confiscation of Rittenhouse’s gun on Friday.
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