The Controversy of Kyle Rittenhouse: A Summary of the Wrongful-Death Lawsuit

The controversy surrounding Kyle Rittenhouse and the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the father of Anthony Huber, a man fatally shot by Rittenhouse during protests in Kenosha, Wis., has been a hot topic in the news. The federal judge in Wisconsin ruled Wednesday that the lawsuit can move forward, reigniting the debate on the topic.

What happened on the night of the protests? On August 25th, 2020, during a protest for racial justice, Rittenhouse shot three men, killing Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum. Despite the criminal charges filed against him, Rittenhouse was acquitted on all counts by a jury in 2021. In response, Huber’s father, John Huber, filed a civil suit over his son’s death.

Rittenhouse’s attorneys sought to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Huber’s attorneys failed to properly serve him with a copy of the complaint and failed to show that he conspired with law enforcement and other individuals to inflict violence on protesters on the basis of their race. However, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman wrote that Huber’s attorneys have made extensive efforts to find Rittenhouse’s permanent residence to serve him the court documents while Rittenhouse was “deliberately cagey about his whereabouts.”

The lawsuit names Rittenhouse, Kenosha County Sheriff David G. Beth, former Kenosha Police Department chief Daniel G. Miskinis, acting Kenosha police chief Eric Larsen, the city of Kenosha and the county of Kenosha. Adelman also declined the defense’s claim that Huber’s attorneys did not properly allege Rittenhouse conspired with law enforcement on the evening of the protests.

The debate surrounding Kyle Rittenhouse is far from over. The ruling Wednesday puts Huber’s family one step closer to justice for their son’s needless death. The lawsuit will proceed to discovery, allowing full transparency into the events of that fateful and tragic evening.

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