A 17-year-old Illinois resident has been arrested by police for first-degree murder after allegedly fatally shooting two Wisconsin protesters on Tuesday evening.
Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois, was charged in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and labelled as a “fugitive of justice”, according to Lake County, Illinois Clerk of Courts public records first obtained by the Daily Dot.
The Antioch Police Department made the arrest on Wednesday after the suspect allegedly fled Wisconsin for his home state following the shooting.
“(The suspect) fled the state of Wisconsin with the intent to avoid prosecution for that offence,” according to the document.
There is a legal term/principle/idea whereas if you flee the scene of a crime, you are nailing yourself with an assumption of guilt. Andrew Branca has mentioned more than once I am ashamed I keep forgetting the name.
This kid just made his case 100 times harder than it should have been. I still believe the shootings were justified till the evidence says otherwise, but his damn running away makes for wavering beliefs.
If you have to remove yourself from the scene of an incident because of safety reasons, do so while on the phone with 911 or call them as soon as you can explaining why you had to move and where you can be found.
PS: Yes, the question of WTF was a 17 year old doing there is running around in the cranial penthouse looking for a logical answer.
UPDATE: Reader Rob Crawford was right. Andrew Branca was once again nice enough to share a long explanation in Facebook.
The phrase you’re looking for is “consciousness of guilt evidence,” but it’s inapplicable to this case. It’s intended to apply to persons who are attempting to avoid actual criminal liability by flight or tampering with evidence or lying to the police. Think “Bernie Goetz fleeing subway car after shooting the men who attacked him, and running to CT to hide” as a more classic example of consciousness of guilt flight. That’s not what happened here.
Here, Rittenhouse immediately turned himself over to police while still at the scene of the shooting, so he clearly wasn’t attempting to avoid responsibility or identification or avoid prosecution–he knew the authorities knew who he was and where they could find him.
More likely the Trayvon-Martin-aged Rittenhouse simply didn’t understand that he was prohibited from just going home, if going home meant leaving the state.
I know the complaint against him states that he was fleeing for purposes of avoiding prosecution, but that’s a presumption–note there’s no evidence cited in support of that claim. And if I had $1 for every profoundly defective and falsified criminal complaint I saw in an apparently clear-cut case of self-defense, I’d have more BMW motorcycles in my garage.
Rittenhouse is apparently, based on known evidence, no more guilty of murder in this event than Officer Chauvin is guilty of murdering George Floyd or Officer Rolfe is guilty of murdering Rayshaad Brooks or the McCloskeys are guilty of unlawful use of weapons when facing down a threatening mob outside their home. These charges and prosecutions are all political theater for the benefit of the Progressive fascist team, which these days often includes the local prosecutor.
One of this day I am gonna get hit with a bill from Andrew and I am gonna need a massive fundraiser.
In the meantime, I will plug again his very good and necessary book. Kidding aside, get the darn thing and read it cover to cover at least twice.