Prosecutors are seeking to change the bond agreement of Kyle Rittenhouse – the 17-year-old man accused of killing two people during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer – after saying he was flashing white power signs and was was the “noisy shit” of the Proud Boys’ anthem at the bar.
On Wednesday, the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office filed a request to restrict Rittenhouse from owning or consuming alcohol in a bar or restaurant, displaying white signs of authority, and confronting prominent members of white supremacy groups.
Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois, was released from a $ 2 million Kenosha County jail in November, money raised mostly by conservatives through a legal protection fund. Currently, Rittenhouse̵
Prosecutors say the request came after Rittenhouse was spotted with his mother at a local bar in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, on Jan. 5, the same day he pleaded not guilty to murder and other crimes related to the murders of two people. protesting and injuring each other.
At Pudgy’s pub, Rittenhouse was seen wearing a “Free as F ***” T-shirt while the “OK” sign flashed, a gesture co-opted by prominent white Suprematist groups, the proposal said. During his 90-minute visit to the bar, which was filmed by security personnel, the teenager was seen consuming alcohol while being serenaded by a group of elderly men who sang the Proud Boys’ anthem, according to the proposal.
In the state of Illinois, where Rittenhouse lives, it is illegal for people under the age of 21 to own or consume alcohol in a public place, the proposal said. But in Wisconsin, people under the age of 21 can carry and drink alcohol if they are with a parent.
Rittenhouse’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
Authorities said Rittenhouse was traveling to Wisconsin to protect a car dealership from looting when he opened fire on racial justice protesters who took to the streets after the August 23 shooting of Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse’s lawyers say the teenager, who was praised by right-wing commentators and sympathetically viewed by the Trump administration, acted in self-defense.
The teenager allegedly killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded a third man, Gage Grossroytz, who had a gun.
The court has not yet set a date for considering the prosecutors’ request.
Tim Steloch contributed.