Also calls out Trump for fail­ing to con­demn shooter

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MITCH DUDEK, STAFF RE­PORTER mdudek@sun­times.com | @mitch­dudek

The fam­ily of Anthony Hu­ber, who was shot to death while protest­ing po­lice vi­o­lence last month in Kenosha, Wis­con­sin, re­leased a state­ment Fri­day prais­ing him as a hero and ex­press­ing dis­ap­point­ment with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump for fail­ing to con­demn the Illi­nois teenager charged with Hu­ber’s mur­der.

“Anthony was a hero . ... ,” the fam­ily’s state­ment said. “He sac­ri­ficed his own life to pro­tect in­no­cent civil­ians who were out that night protest­ing the shoot­ing of Ja­cob Blake. While we miss him dearly and wish none of this had hap­pened, we are very proud of him. With­out his in­cred­i­ble brav­ery, many oth­ers could have been killed or in­jured.”

Kyle Rit­ten­house, a 17-year-old from An­ti­och, who was armed with an as­sault ri­fle and pa­trolling the streets of Kenosha along­side mili­tia mem­bers the night of Aug. 25, is charged with killing Hu­ber, as well as 36-year-old Joseph Rosen­baum.

A third man was shot in the arm by Rit­ten­house but sur­vived, au­thor­i­ties said.

Cell­phone video shows 26-year-old Hu­ber get­ting shot af­ter at­tempt­ing to swing his skate­board at Rit­ten­house, who’d fallen in the mid­dle of a street while run­ning from pro­test­ers who were chas­ing him.

The protests in Kenosha were sparked af­ter Blake, a Black man, was shot by po­lice.

Hu­ber, an avid skate­boarder, lived in Kenosha with his girl­friend and her daugh­ter.

“There was ab­so­lutely no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for Anthony’s mur­der,” Hu­ber’s fam­ily’s state­ment said. “A mi­nor from out of state, il­le­gally armed with an as­sault ri­fle, was al­lowed to roam the streets, threat­en­ing numer­ous civil­ians, and ul­ti­mately shoot­ing three peo­ple. Af­ter this mi­nor had al­ready shot and killed one per­son, Anthony self­lessly tried to dis­arm him and was killed him­self.”

A few days af­ter the shoot­ing, Trump, speak­ing from the White House, said of Rit­ten­house: “He was try­ing to get away from them, I guess, it looks like, and he fell, and then they very vi­o­lently at­tacked him . ... I guess he was in very big trou­ble. He would have been, he prob­a­bly would have been killed.”

The state­ment from Hu­ber’s fam­ily said of Trump: “We are deeply dis­ap­pointed that the pres­i­dent, mem­bers of the me­dia and oth­ers have said that Anthony de­served to die for at­tempt­ing to pro­tect oth­ers from a per­son who had just killed some­one. In ad­di­tion, it has been dis­turb­ing to see videos and other in­for­ma­tion that has come to light sug­gest­ing that lo­cal po­lice may have per­mit­ted and even en­cour­aged armed vig­i­lantes, in­clud­ing Anthony’s killer, to pa­trol the streets of Kenosha and threaten civil­ians with firearms . ... Our na­tion de­pends on its lead­ers to up­hold the law and to set the moral tone for its ci­ti­zens. In Amer­ica, we cel­e­brate he­roes like Anthony who sac­ri­fice for their com­mu­ni­ties, not armed vig­i­lantes who cause death and chaos in the streets.”

A fu­neral was held for Hu­ber Sept. 1. Rit­ten­house, who plans on ar­gu­ing the shoot­ings were in self-de­fense, is sched­uled for a Sept. 25 ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing at the Lake County court­house.

He was taken into cus­tody in Illi­nois shortly af­ter the shoot­ings but faces charges in Wis­con­sin of first-de­gree in­ten­tional homi­cide, first-de­gree reck­less homi­cide, at­tempted first-de­gree in­ten­tional homi­cide and first-de­gree reck­less en­dan­ger­ment.


Kyle Rit­ten­house (left) walks along Sheri­dan Road in Kenosha, Wis­con­sin, with an­other armed civil­ian on Aug. 25. Rit­ten­house, 17, of An­ti­och, is ac­cused of killing Anthony Hu­ber and Joseph Rosen­baum dur­ing protests over the po­lice shoot­ing of Ja­cob Blake.

Anthony Hu­ber GOFUNDME

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