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Timeline of the Kyle Rittenhouse case

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Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, will be on trial this week for the fatal shootings of two men and the injuries of another, the result of a clash in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last August.

Mr Rittenhouse was charged with six counts, including first degree reckless homicide, first degree intentional homicide and attempted first degree homicide.

Here is a timeline of the events leading up to the shooting and what happened in the case.

May 25-30, 2020

George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by Derek Chauvin, a white police officer. Passers-by recorded video of the officer using his knee to pin Mr. Floyd by the neck during an arrest. Mr. Floyd could be heard repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe” in the video, as witnesses pleaded with the police to release him.

Protests erupted in Minneapolis and other cities across the country, including Atlanta, Portland, New York and Chicago, in the days following Mr. Floyd’s death.

Mr. Chauvin, 44, was charged with murder and manslaughter in Mr. Floyd’s death.

On May 30, Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis condemned further destruction in his city, saying peaceful protests and protests had turned into “domestic terrorism.” An 8 p.m. curfew was largely ignored by those who set fire to buildings and looted shops.

“We are now facing white supremacists, members of organized crime, instigators outside the state and maybe even foreign actors to destroy and destabilize our city and our region,” he said.

AOT. 23, 2020

Credit…Adria-Joi Watkins, via Associated Press

Jacob Blake, a resident of Black Kenosha, was seriously shot and wounded by a white policeman, Rusten Sheskey, who had been summoned in response to a domestic complaint filed by Mr Blake’s fiancee.

Constable Sheskey and two other officers attempted to take Mr. Blake into custody under a pending warrant that was issued in July on charges of third degree sexual assault, criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct .

Mr Blake got into a fight with the police and refused an order to drop a knife, then attempted to open the driver’s side door of a vehicle, while his children were sitting in the backseat. While attempting to get into the vehicle, Constable Sheskey grabbed Mr. Blake and shot him seven times, leaving him partially paralyzed.

Aug 24, 2020

Protests erupted in Kenosha, as hundreds of protesters marched through the city center, calling for the arrest of Constable Sheskey. Dozens of people in the crowd torched cars, looted and torched buildings, and knocked down streetlights. Governor Tony Evers sent members of the National Guard to Kenosha to assist the local police.

25 Aug 2020

On the third night of protests, police and protesters clashed violently at Civic Center Park outside the heavily barricaded Kenosha County Courthouse. Protesters threw water bottles and fireworks at the police, who retaliated with tear gas, chasing the crowds out of the park and onto the side streets.

By late evening, most of the demonstrators had left the area. But dozens of armed protesters and other members of the crowd remained on Sheridan Road, arguing, threatening and pushing each other and occasionally setting trash cans on fire. Mr. Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old from Illinois, was walking the area with a military-style semi-automatic rifle.

At one point he was chased into a used parking lot by Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, who threw a plastic bag at Mr Rittenhouse. Mr Rittenhouse shot Mr Rosenbaum and fled towards the armored vehicles stationed by police and national guards. Several members of the mob chased Mr Rittenhouse and he shot dead two of them, killing Anthony Huber, 26, and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz, who was 26 at the time.

Aug 26, 2020

Mr. Rittenhouse, who had returned home in Antioch, Illinois after the shooting, was arrested there the day after the shooting. He was held at a juvenile detention center in Lake County, Illinois.

August 27, 2020

Mr Rittenhouse has been charged with five felonies and one misdemeanor, including two counts of first degree intentional homicide. Homicide charges, which are equivalent to what other states call murder charges, carry a life sentence. Mr Rittenhouse has also been charged with recklessly endangering the safety of a video journalist, Richard McGinnis, and attempted homicide in the shooting of Mr Grosskreutz. He was charged with a felony for possession of a weapon while a minor.

January 5, 2021

Mr Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty to the charges on a brief arraignment by video conference.

Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley has announced that Constable Sheskey will not be charged with a felony.

Mr Graveley said a case against the officer would have been very difficult to prove, in part because it would be difficult to overcome an argument that the officer was protecting himself. He said Mr. Blake admitted holding a knife and that statements from officers and other witnesses indicated that Mr. Blake turned to an officer with the knife just before he was shot.

November 1, 2021

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in Mr Rittenhouse’s trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse, the scene of the protests in August 2020. Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder summoned 150 potential jurors beforehand. the trial, a number higher than is typical, given the media attention Mr. Rittenhouse’s case has received. The trial is expected to last between two and three weeks.

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