By: Konrad Holden
Newly released FBI thermal footage from a fixed-wing plane flying above the Kenosha riots in August 2020 shows Kyle Rittenhouse being attacked and chased before defending himself. Rittenhouse’s defense attorneys claim that they have just been notified of its existence, and showed it in their opening statement. The prosecution has possessed the FBI surveillance video for more than a year.
In August of 2020, during the Kenosha riots sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake, another shooting occurred.
Kyle Rittenhouse, a minor at the time, was part of a group of men helping to guard local businesses against rioting and looting. Many in the group were carrying rifles, medical kits, and other supplies.
Rittenhouse was attempting to put out a dumpster fire with a fire extinguisher when he was attacked from behind by two men, Joseph Rosenbaum and Joshua Ziminski. Rittenhouse shot and killed Rosenbaum, and later shot a second and third attacker, one of which had a firearm.
And all of this is shown on FBI thermal imaging footage captured by a fixed-wing plane that was surveilling the riots that night. The video clearly showed Kyle Rittenhouse’s attacker, Rosenbaum, hiding in wait to attack him. Then Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse while Ziminski (second attacker) shot a firearm into the air. When Rittenhouse ran out of room to run, he was forced to open fire upon his approaching attacker.
Rittenhouse’s defense attorneys stated that they only just learned about the surveillance video and that the prosecution has been sitting on the evidence for more than a year. The defense has requested more video from the FBI, who claim that they destroyed the footage.
The Rittenhouse trial is currently ongoing and could extend into two more weeks.
"I can't believe the FBI is doing surveillance of multiple homicides and gets rid of the video. That's preposterous." - Mark Richards, Defense attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse