By: Konrad Holden
This week in court, Gaige Grosskreutz, one of Kyle Rittenhouse’s attackers at the infamous shooting last August, admitted in open court that Rittenhouse only fired on him after Grosskreutz pointed his gun at him. The testimony theoretically exonerates Rittenhouse by proving that he only defended himself when Grosskreutz became a deadly threat to him. During the tense cross-examination, one of the prosecuting attorneys can be seen putting his palm on his forehead in despair.
On August 25th, 2020, large-scale riots in Kenosha, WI were continuing for another night after the controversial police shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake was shot in the back by police after resisting arrest and apparently reaching into his car for something.
During that night of rioting, a deadly encounter occurred between then-17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse and multiple attackers. Rittenhouse killed two men and injured a third, Gaige Grosskreutz.
The prosecution called Grosskreutz to testify on Monday.
This turned out to be a grave mistake.
During cross-examination, the defense showed a video of the moment Grosskreutz was shot in the bicep by Rittenhouse’s AR-15.
Then, in a similar fashion to a TV courtroom drama, the defense worked its way up to the pivotal question: “It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at [Rittenhouse], advanced on him … that he fired, right?”
“Correct,” Grosskreutz answered. Prosecuting attorney James Krause could be seen putting his head in his hand immediately following the exchange.
"Anytime you bring a firearm into that equation, the stakes are much higher for both serious injury and death." - Gaige Grosskreutz