The family of Anthony Huber, one of two men shot and killed by Kyle Rittenhouse during civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin nearly a year ago, sued local law enforcement agencies Tuesday claiming they were partially to blame for what they called Rittenhouse’s “deadly rampage.” YouTube Tips ⓘ
The family of Anthony Huber — one of two males fatally shot during a riot which included arson incidents and criminal damage to the city of Kenosha during a demonstration against police violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin — filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, August 17, 2021 against local law enforcement, accusing police officers of “facilitating Kyle Rittenhouse’s attacks” when three rioters were shot on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 about 11:45 p.m. near 63rd Street and Sheridan Road in Kenosha.
Anthony Huber was participating in the August 25, 2020 protest and riot that occurred two days after the police shooting of Jacob Blake — a black male who was left partially paralyzed. Following a scuffle with police and Taser deployment by police, Jacob Blake was shot while reaching into the driver’s side of an SUV he had been driving, and where a knife was located. Police had initially been called to the scene of a reported domestic disturbance call involving Blake, who had a warrant for his arrest from July 2020, based on charges of third-degree sexual assault, trespassing, and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse.
Rittenhouse, age 17 at the time, traveled to Kenosha from his home in Antioch, Illinois, and joined other armed individuals in Kenosha who answered a call from local militia to protect businesses from protesters and rioters. The protest turned into a riot on the night of August 25, 2021. Later that night Rittenhouse and his group were antagonized by rioters as they extinguished fires set by the rioters. Joseph Rosenbaum is seen on video starting some of the fires, and Kyle Rittenhouse is seen running with a fire extinguisher toward fires that were set.
Aug. 25 2020 Shots Fired Count …
One shot by Alexander Blaine near the Rosenbaum shooting scene
Four shots by Kyle Rittenhouse at the Rosenbaum shooting scene
Three shots by “unknown” near the Rosenbaum shooting scene (including one unknown in distance)
Two shots by Kyle Rittenhouse at unidentified male who attempted a flying kick while Rittenhouse was sitting in the street
One fatal shot by Kyle Rittenhouse to the chest of Anthony Huber
One maiming shot by Kyle Rittenhouse to the elbow of Gaige Grosskreutz
Other shots (uncounted) may have been fired by unknown in the area as Kyle Rittenhouse was running toward an area where Rittenhouse knew police were staged at the end of the block
According to prosecutors, Rittenhouse opened fire on Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, killing both. Gaige Grosskreutz was also shot. Grosskreutz survived, but a single rifle shot by Rittenhouse to Grosskreutz’s right elbow and right biceps anatomical area caused a horrific disabling gunshot wound that almost caused the loss of his arm. That arm was holding a handgun when Grosskreutz was shot, and early reports indicated that Grosskreutz’s forearm muscle contractions resulting from the severe damage near his elbow made it difficult to release his grip on the firearm.
Joseph Rosenbaum was shot and killed by Rittenhouse in the parking lot of a used car dealership as Rosenbaum pursued Rittenhouse. Several other rioters, armed with bats, sticks and pipes, were further behind Rosenbaum, also in pursuit of Rittenhouse. The second wave pursuing Rittenhouse formed a human barricade around the parking lot. An unknown shot was also fired in the distance during the foot pursuit, and a single gunshot was fired by a protester identified as Alexander Blaine, according to the legal defense for Kyle Rittenhouse. The shot from Blaine’s gun is detected by a muzzle flash before Rosenbaum was shot, and the shot appears to be within 50 yards of the scene where Rittenhouse was being chased by Rosenbaum. Around the time of the shooting death Rosenbaum, a total of eight shots were fired — one by Alexander Blaine, four by Kyle Rittenhouse, and three by an unknown shooter.
As Rittenhouse fled danger from the scene at the used car parking lot, he was pushed and tripped by rioters pursuing him down the street. When he fell, he shot his rifle twice from a seated position on the street at an unidentified man making a flying kick over Rittenhouse. The unidentified man was spared as the rifle shots flew by, missing him. Next, with Rittenhouse still seated on the street, Anthony Huber struck Rittenhouse in the head with the sharp edge of a skateboard, and tried to grab the rifle barrel. Rittenhouse responded by fatally shooting Anthony Huber in the chest with a single shot from his rifle.
Anthony Huber, age 26, has a criminal history including conviction for Domestic Abuse, Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Battery, Strangulation and Suffocation, and 2nd Degree Reckless Endangerment, according to the legal defense team for Rittenhouse. Several media sources published reports of friends calling Anthony Huber a hero for attempting to disarm Rittenhouse.
At least one television media report said that Rittenhouse was randomly shooting at people running past him. The legal defense team for Kyle Rittenhouse stated that Rittenhouse exhibited remarkable judgment by not firing his weapon when a fourth protester raised his arms in surrender.
“After he had killed and maimed multiple individuals, Kyle Rittenhouse walked up to a dozen Kenosha police officers, assault rifle in hand, with crowds yelling that he had just killed innocent people. What did the police do? They spoke to him and let him walk away.”
— Huber family attorney Anand Swaminathan
Rittenhouse maintains he fired in self-defense, but prosecutors have charged him with 6 counts, including reckless homicide, recklessly endangering safety, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and being a minor in possession of a dangerous weapon.
Criminal Histories of the Rittenhouse Shooting Victims
Joseph Rosenbaum, Registered Sex Offender, convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor and crimes against children.
Anthony Huber, conviction for Domestic Abuse, Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Battery, Strangulation and Suffocation, and 2nd Degree Reckless Endangerment
Gaige Grosskreutz, Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated
The federal lawsuit filed by the family of Anthony Huber seeks unspecified damages against Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth; Daniel Miskinis, the former City of Kenosha police chief; Eric Larsen, the city’s acting police chief; and unnamed officers and deputies.
The plaintiffs allege in the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Eastern District of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, that the defendants “deputized these armed individuals, conspired with them, and ratified their actions by letting them patrol the streets armed with deadly weapons to mete out justice as they saw fit. ”
“The police are supposed to serve and protect. But that’s not what the Kenosha police did. They walked away from their duties and turned over the streets of Kenosha to Kyle Rittenhouse and other armed vigilantes. If they had done their job, my son would still be alive today.”
— John Huber, Anthony Huber’s father, in a statement
The lawsuit also alleges that the the law officers’ decision to treat demonstrators and militia members differently was motivated by racial discrimination, and was in retaliation for the protests critical of police violence.
The plaintiffs allege in the lawsuit that police allowed white armed militia members to roam the streets illegally with weapons, but they strictly enforced a curfew against peaceful protestors, who were a diverse group speaking out against police violence. Numerous videos show videos from free lancers show the police protecting the Kenosha County courthouse while rioters set fire to snow plow trucks used as blockades on the city streets. Several other buildings burned out of control as rioters were free to inflict criminal damage in Kenosha.
The plaintiff claims that discriminatory and retaliatory conduct violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of a right to free speech and peaceful assembly and to equal protection of the law.
“After Anthony’s death, there will always be a hole in my heart. But his memory lives on, and I will never stop telling his story.”
— Karen Bloom, Anthony Huber’s mother
Karen Bloom, said the lawsuit is about justice for her son, and his legacy.
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