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Kyle Rittenhouse Hit With Lawsuit From Man He Shot During 2020 Riots

One of the men Kyle Rittenhouse shot during the 2020 riots has sued the teenager, arguing that the shooting caused emotional distress and humiliation.

Rittenhouse shot Gaige Grosskreutz and two others in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during riots that took place after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges in 2021.

Grosskreutz was the only one who survived.

“But he must live with the physical and emotional wounds inflicted by Defendant Rittenhouse,” the new suit reads.

The suit also names the City of Kenosha, Kenosha County, and several law enforcement officials.

It alleges that the defendants conspired to deprive Grosskreutz of his constitutional rights and to obstruct justice, as well as inflict retaliation against Grosskreutz for participating in protests.

The officials “allowed Defendant Rittenhouse and other illegally armed individuals to patrol the streets of downtown Kenosha with deadly weapons, inviting those individuals to use police powers, deputizing them, conspiring with them, and ratifying their actions,” it states. That allegedly led to Rittenhouse shooting Grosskreutz.

The defendants either didn’t respond to requests for comment or didn’t have lawyers listed on the docket of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Rittenhouse asked supporters via social media for financial assistance because of the suit.

Grosskreutz ran toward Rittenhouse on Aug. 25, 2020, after the teen fatally shot two people.

“He approached with his hands in the air to try to ease the situation and stop the killing,” the suit reads. “Defendant Rittenhouse instead shot Mr. Grosskreutz in the bicep, leaving a gaping wound.”

Grosskreutz said something different when he was under oath during Rittenhouse’s trial.

He agreed then that Rittenhouse didn’t fire at him until he pointed his gun at the teen.

“It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him with your gun … that he fired, right?” Corey Chirafisi, part of Rittenhouse’s defense team, asked Grosskreutz.

“Correct,” Grosskreutz replied.

In media interviews after the testimony, Grosskreutz tried to walk back that acknowledgment.

“I do believe that in that photo, given the right narrative, one could suggest that yes, I was pointing my weapon at the defendant. But when you play it as a movie or look at different stills, my arm was being vaporized as I was allegedly pointing my weapon at the defendant,” he told ABC. “It’s completely inconsistent with the physiology of my wound that he would have shot me while my weapon was pointed at his head.”

Rittenhouse told Fox News that he was surprised by being named in the suit.

“I guess it came as a shock to why he’s filing a lawsuit because he admitted that he pointed a gun in my face and that he chased me down,” Rittenhouse said.

Rittenhouse was already named in a different civil suit, filed by the family of Anthony Huber.

Rittenhouse fatally shot Huber after he advanced on the teen while wielding a skateboard.

The Huber suit, filed in the same court, portrays Huber as “a hero” who died “when Defendant Rittenhouse shot him in the chest as Anthony tried to pull the assault rifle from Defendant Rittenhouse’s hand.”

The suit also names Kenosha officials and also accuses the defendants of deprivation of rights and First Amendment retaliation.

READ 39 COMMENTS
  • Guido says:

    We need loser pays laws, to protect against frivoless lawsuits.

  • Bruce says:

    If a judge grants any part of this law suite, the judge should not sit on the bench. Kyle Rittenhouse was all ready proven not guilty and acted in self deference.

  • Martyann says:

    The very person suing him , testified he was shot in the hand in self defense because HE was about to shoot Kyle to death .His confession on the stand blew the whole prosecution premise out of the water and ended the trial with a not guilty.. instead of walking off the stand a free man, he should have been arrested and charged with the crime he revealed under oath . He deserves no compensation from the person he nearly killed.

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