By Terrance Turner
Feb. 3, 2021
Prosecutors in Wisconsin have issued an arrest warrant for 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse. He is now accused of violating his $2 million bond, according to NPR. Kyle Rittenhouse failed to inform the court of his change of address within 48 hours of moving, according to Kenosha County prosecutors. They filed a motion with Judge Bruce Schroeder, asking him to issue an arrest warrant and increase Rittenhouse’s bail by $200,000.
Rittenhouse is already charged with multiple counts, including homicide, in connection with the protests in August in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The demonstrations began after a white police officer shot Jacob Blake, who is Black, in the back seven times during a domestic disturbance. Blake was left paralyzed from the waist down. Widespread outrage led to several large-scale protests.
Protesters clashed with a group of armed men who claimed to be “protecting” property. One of them was 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse. Video of the incident shows a man, allegedly Rittenhouse, running down the street with an AR-15-style rifle as he’s pursued by others attempting to apprehend him. Rittenhouse falls to the ground, then turns around and begins shooting at the people trying to disarm him. He killed two of them. (Rittenhouse pled not guilty to homicide charges.)
After the shooting, the man with the rifle walks away from the scene toward law enforcement, according to a video viewed by Kenosha News. In the video, a bystander frantically yells to the officers that the man with the rifle shot someone. “Hey, he just shot them,” the man screams. However, law enforcement officials drive directly past the man with the gun.
When asked why officers did not immediately apprehend Rittenhouse, Kenosha Sheriff David G. Beth answered, “In situations that are high-stress, you have such incredible tunnel vision.” Tunnel vision did not prevent officers from firing seven times at Blake, over a knife. But it did prevent them from arresting a 17-year-old who killed two people with an illegally possessed gun.