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Teen accused of killing two at US protest released on $2 million bail

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Kyle Rittenhouse

The 17-year-old right-wing extremist charged with shooting two people dead at a Black Lives Matter protest in the Midwestern US state of Wisconsin earlier this year was released after posting $2 million bail, one of his lawyers tweeted Friday.

Kyle Rittenhouse “is out of jail,” Lin Wood wrote, adding special thanks to actor Ricky Schroder and My Pillow chief executive Mike Lindell, an ally of US President Donald Trump, for contributions which put them “over the top.”

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Video footage shows a white man alleged to be Rittenhouse shooting dead the two protesters, named by The New York Times as Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August. He badly wounded one other man.

Rittenhouse, described as being an enthusiast of right-wing militant groups in the US, reportedly went to the city to protect it from “rioters” during days of demonstrations against police brutality.

The protests had erupted after a Black man, Jacob Blake, was shot multiple times in the back by a white officer at point blank range, as his three young sons watched.

Blake survived, but doctors have said he may never walk again.

Blake’s shooting came three months after the police killing of another African American, George Floyd, ignited the largest wave of civil unrest in the US in decades.

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Protests in Kenosha began peacefully the night Blake was shot, but descended into violence for several nights running.

It culminated August 25, when Rittenhouse is accused of taking his rifle to the streets.

Trump, who has a long history of readiness to court right-wing extremism, has expressed sympathy for Rittenhouse and called the allegations against him “an interesting situation.”

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Is a conservative coffee company supporting ‘Kenosha Killer’ Kyle Rittenhouse?

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Lin Wood, the lawyer of Kyle Rittenhouse – the man who shot two protestors to death on August 25 during a racial justice uprising in Kenosha, Wisconsin — posted a tweet announcing Rittenhouse’s recent release on bail. The  tweet includes an image of Rittenhouse wearing a shirt advertising Black Rifle Coffee, a conservative coffee company that has advertised on right-wing podcasts.

The image led Sleeping Giants, a watchdog group that alerts advertisers of their connections to far-right rhetoric, to question whether the company supports the young murderer. In their tweet, Sleeping Giants showed an image recently posted by right-wing podcaster Elijah Schafer touting the coffee company, which also advertises on his podcast.

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Teen accused of killing two at US protest released on $2 million bail

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The 17-year-old right-wing extremist charged with shooting two people dead at a Black Lives Matter protest in the Midwestern US state of Wisconsin earlier this year was released after posting $2 million bail, one of his lawyers tweeted Friday.

Kyle Rittenhouse "is out of jail," Lin Wood wrote, adding special thanks to actor Ricky Schroder and My Pillow chief executive Mike Lindell, an ally of US President Donald Trump, for contributions which put them "over the top."

Video footage shows a white man alleged to be Rittenhouse shooting dead the two protesters, named by The New York Times as Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August. He badly wounded one other man.

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