Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old accused of killing two protesters during a protest in Wisconsin, was seen drinking with members of the far-right group Proud Boys, prosecutors said.
The Washington Post reported that Rittenhouse was seen by state prosecutors at a bar where the 18-year-old wore a shirt that read “Free as f —” and was socializing with known members of the group.
ON THE PICTURE: #KyleRittenhouse shown in these photos shared by prosecutors.
In a bar in Wisconsin (Pudgy’s Pub, with her mother) seen posing with a “Free As F ** k” t-shirt and flashing “OK” – (or White Power)
The state is asking for a court motion to change the terms of the bond. pic.twitter.com/RPhCBvFTV1
– Tony Atkins (@TonyAtkinsTV) January 14, 2021
In a motion this week, prosecutors asked a judge to ban Rittenhouse from drinking alcohol, which is legal for 18-year-olds in the state under parental supervision, and from socializing with the group. It was not known if Rittenhouse’s parents or a legal guardian were present at the bar.
“The accused’s continued association with members of a group that prides itself on violence and the use of their symbols, raises the significant possibility of future harm,” the motion read, according to the Post.
Members of the Proud Boys regularly clash with leftist protesters during public demonstrations. The group’s leader was arrested in Washington, DC, last week, just before a crowd supporting President TrumpDonald TrumpCotton: Senate lacks power to hold impeachment trial once Trump steps down Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will present articles of impeachment against Biden’s acting director ICE resigns weeks after taking his position PLUS violently stormed the US Capitol, killing five people.
Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty last year to murder and weapons charges for the shootings, which took place amid protests against the treatment of black Americans by police. Rittenhouse insisted he acted in self-defense during the incident.
He was on a $ 2 million bond.
Jury selection for his trial is scheduled to begin on March 29.