Kyle Rittenhouse Bar Visit Caused 'Excitement,' Says Staff in Police Video

Police body cam footage showing officers in Wisconsin investigating a call reporting double murder suspect Kyle Rittenhouse drinking at a bar while out on bond has emerged.

The footage, obtained by WISN 12, shows Mount Pleasant officers interviewing employees of Pudgy's Pub following Rittenhouse's visit there on January 5.

Mount Pleasant police confirmed with one staff member that the 18-year-old was there with his mother, so legally allowed to drink at the bar under Wisconsin state law.

Another employee denied serving Rittenhouse, but told police that he did pose for a photo with him during the 90 minutes he was at Pudgy's Pub.

"You did take a selfie with Kyle?" one officer asks. "Yes," the bartender replies.

Another employee said she did not recognize Rittenhouse, but also later posed for pictures with him.

"Honestly it just seemed like a regular person walking through the door," she told an officer. "It was more excitement and I didn't quite understand why."

Rittenhouse, charged with killing two people and seriously injuring another during Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha in August 2020, was accused of violating his $2 million bond for drinking in the bar following his release from custody.

Rittenhouse, who was wearing a "free as f**k" T-shirt at the time, also posed for pictures flashing the OK hand gesture, a symbol that has been co-opted by the far-right as a sign to show support for white supremacy.

WISN 11 played a 911 dispatch call from a woman reporting that she had seen pictures of Rittenhouse at the bar online.

"Hi, you guys are looking at a problem," the woman told a Racine County 911 dispatch operator. "I'm actually calling from Kenosha. I'm an activist out here and there's a post online with a picture of Kyle Rittenhouse at Pudgy's on the 5th [of January]. But you're probably gonna want to get eyes on Pudgy's because the post is like rapid-fire spreading."

The body cam footage shows police arriving at the scene and asking staff if they have any surveillance footage from January 5.

"I guess I'm here because I'm worried once that gets out on the social media side of it, where, how can we protect here, where you don't have the crazies to come here and everything else like that," one officer tells an employee.

A judge later amended Rittenhouse's bond conditions to state he cannot drink alcohol or be present at a business which serves alcohol following a request by prosecutors.

He was also forbidden from knowingly having contact with people or groups known to "harm, threaten, harass or menace others on the basis of their race, beliefs on the subject of religion, color, national origin, or gender."

While at Pudgy's Bar, Rittenhouse was serenaded by a group of five men with a song initially written for the 1992 Disney movie Aladdin, which has since become an anthem for members for the far-right Proud Boys group.

The 18-year-old's lawyers have frequently denied their client supports white supremacy and said there is no evidence to suggest he has any connection to far-right groups.

Last week, a judge denied a request to rearrest Rittenhouse and increase his bond after he failed to disclose his new address to the court within 48 hours.

Rittenhouse's lawyers said the 18-year-old moved from his home in Antioch, Illinois, to an undisclosed "safe house" after receiving online threats.

Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder ruled that Rittenhouse's new address will not be made public.

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Kyle Rittenhosue psoes for pictures while following his release from cutody at at Pudgy's Pub in Mount Pleasant on January 5. KENOSHA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT