On Friday, Forbes reported that the sole survivor of the Kenosha shooting perpetrated by Kyle Rittenhouse has filed a lawsuit alleging that police were aware the attack was imminent and effectively "conspired" to let it happen.
"Attorneys representing Gaige Grosskreutz, who was a 22-year-old student in Wisconsin at the time of the shooting, filed a 33-page civil lawsuit late Thursday against the city of Kenosha, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth, former police chief Daniel Miskinis and others," reported Jemima McEvoy. "The lawsuit alleges the city officials conspired to deprive Grosskreutz' civil rights and obstruct justice, among a litany of other claims, including deprivation of due process, failure to intervene and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The shooting occurred in 2020, during the protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha Police. Rittenhouse, an Illinois teen, traveled to the protests with a rifle, confronting protesters and ultimately killing two and injuring one.
According to the report, the lawsuit alleges police "knew about the plans and intentions" of armed individuals who came to the protests, and did nothing to stop them, even praising them. This tracks with images that showed police thanking Rittenhouse and offering him water near where the shooting took place.
Attorneys for Rittenhouse argue, among other things, that he acted in self-defense and had a right to be carrying the firearm under hunting laws.