Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Live Updates: Trial to Resume Thursday Morning

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The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who shot and killed two people and wounded another during Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer, continues Wednesday.

Rittenhouse, now 18 years old, is charged with five felonies, including first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide and first-degree attempted intentional homicide. He is also charged with possession of a dangerous weapon while under the age of 18, a misdemeanor. He pleaded not guilty.

The defense is arguing Rittenhouse was acting in self-defense and claims he traveled from Antioch, Illinois to help people amid the chaos of the protests.

The prosecution rested its case Tuesday after it called 22 witnesses over six days. Gaige Grosskreutz, the man shot and injured by Rittenhouse, took the witness stand Monday. Under cross-examination, Grosskreutz said Rittenhouse had fired at him after he had pointed his own handgun at him. Rittenhouse was on the ground after having been attacked with a skateboard by Antony Huber.

Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, were shot and killed by Rittenhouse.

Some legal experts and Rittenhouse supporters have suggested that this was the moment that the prosecution's argument—that Rittenhouse was not acting in self-defense and actually helped to initiate the violence in Kenosha—fell apart.

The defense will continue to call witnesses Wednesday, including Rittenhouse himself.

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Rittenhouse trial to resume Thursday morning

Judge Bruce Schroeder dismissed jurors after an eventful eighth day in court for Kyle Rittenhouse's murder trial and told them he expected the case to conclude by Tuesday.

Rittenhouse's legal team has indicated they will call at least three more witnesses Thursday, beginning with Dr. John Black—the use of force and video expert.

Drew Hernandez, the eyewitness to the shooting of Joseph Rosenbaum and an expert on shell casings speaking to the allegation that Rittenhouse reracked his gun during the shooting of Gaige Grosskreutz, will also provide testimony.

Schroeder asked prosecutors if they're expecting to call any rebuttal witnesses once the defense rests their case. Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger responded that he didn't expect an extensive rebuttal but affirmed that the state has the right to call witnesses.

Judge Schroeder told the court he is "very confident" the trial will conclude on Tuesday, but said there's a small chance it finishes on Monday. He took a vote on whether the court would be in session over the weekend but ruled they would resume at the start of next week.

The jury was dismissed and the court is in recess until 10 a.m. ET on Thursday.

Jacob Blake's uncle says Rittenhouse showed 'no remorse'

Justin Blake, the uncle of Jacob Blake whose shooting by police sparked protests in Kenosha, did not believe Kyle Rittenhouse's tearful testimony.

"He stepped into a very adult world and therefore he has to suffer the consequences," says Jacob Blake's uncle Justin, of Kyle Rittenhouse.

"Two men are dead, and will never walk back through the doors of their mother and fathers... they were human beings with families."

— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) November 11, 2021

"The crying, and the display that he showed, nobody wants to hear that," Justin Blake said during a CNN interview with Anderson Cooper. "This young man, once you step into an adult world, you're sort of trapped on that side. He doesn't want to be a 17-year-old at home playing Atari or playing whatever game they play these days. He stepped into a very adult world, and therefore he has to suffer the consequences of it. Two men are dead. ... These are two human beings. They're not animals. They're not dogs like they were shot in the street."

Cooper asked Blake if he believes Rittenhouse showed he was remorseful while on the stand.

"There's no remorse. You can't show remorse because you don't have any," Blake said. He continued that he thinks the 18-year old has been taught a "doctrine that's close to the Ku Klux Klan and the skinheads."

New York congressman says to 'lock up' Rittenhouse after tweet on defunding prisons

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from New York, said that Kyle Rittenhouse should put imprisoned after he tweeted about ending the prison system last year.

Lock up Kyle Rittenhouse and throw away the key.

— Hakeem Jeffries (@hakeemjeffries) November 10, 2021

"Lock up Kyle Rittenhouse and throw away the key," Jeffries tweeted during day eight of Rittenhouse's murder trial.

But some critics were quick to respond with a tweet the Democrat authored on June 29, 2020.

"End. Mass. Incarceration." Jeffries wrote. "Defund The Prison Industrial Complex."

This you?

— Dan O'Donnell (@DanODonnellShow) November 10, 2021

Jeffries coauthored the Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed, Safely Transitioning Every Person Act (FIRST STEP), a criminal justice reform bill, that was signed into law in December 2018.

'What tears?': LeBron James reacts to Kyle Rittenhouse trial

NBA superstar LeBron James joined in on the Kyle Rittenhouse Twitter commentary by tweeting about a key moment during the 18-year-old's time on the stand.

What tears????? I didn’t see one. Man knock it off! That boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court. 🤣🤣🤣

— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 11, 2021

The basketball star quote tweeted a USA Today video of Rittenhouse breaking down in tears as he testified about the August 25, 2020 shooting in Kenosha.

"What tears????? I didn't see one. Man knock it off! That boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court," James tweeted with three rolling on the floor laughing emojis.

Arizona State University says Rittenhouse is not a nursing student

Kyle Rittenhouse took the witness stand on Wednesday and testified that he graduated high school and is currently studying nursing at Arizona State University (ASU).

Kyle Rittenhouse testified that he is a college student studying nursing at Arizona State University.
An ASU spokeman told the Tribune KR has *not* gone through the admissions process and is not enrolled in the college of nursing. He's a "non-degree seeking" online student. 1/2

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) November 10, 2021

But a university spokesperson said in a statement that Rittenhouse has not gone through the ASU admissions process and is not enrolled in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Rittenhouse enrolled as a "non-degree seeking" online student. He signed up for a session that started on October 13 that allows participants "access to begin taking classes as they prepare to seek admission into a degree program at the university."

College Republicans United, a GOP student group at ASU, faced backlash for raising money for Rittenhouse's legal defense. They tweeted that he "does not deserve to have his entire life destroyed because of the actions of violent anarchists during a lawless riot."

Jacob Blake's family leading march outside of Kenosha Courthouse

The march outside of the Kenosha County Courthouse is being led by Jacob Blake's uncle Justin Blake, according to Milwaukee NBC-affiliate WTMJ-TV.

The march is being led by Jacob Blake's uncle, Justin Blake.

— Ubah Ali (@UbahDAli) November 10, 2021

Journalist Ubah Ali reported that Justin Blake stood by himself outside of the courthouse following the trial. Later that evening, he told reporters that they are marching to honor the victims' memory.

"[Kyle Rittenhouse] was an aggressor, these were two people that came from a peaceful rally for Jacob Blake and did not go home that night," Justin Blake told WTMJ-TV.

29-year-old Jacob Blake was shot and seriously injured by a Kenosha police officer on August 23, 2020. In the midst of Black Lives Matter protests two days later, Rittenhouse fatally shot two people and a third was seriously injured.

Who is defense witness Dr. John Black?

Dr. John Black, who is the defense's video and use of force expert, will be the first to take the stand during Kyle Rittenhouse's trial tomorrow.

During a pre-trial hearing in early October, Black testified about video footage taken on August 25. He provided a frame-by-frame breakdown of the shooting videos and explained how quickly the events unfolded and the decisions that Rittenhouse made in response.

The state challenged Black's report
So at pre-trial motion hearing, Black was sworn in and questioned by the defense & prosecution.
Ultimately judge ruled Black can testify but it will be limited to giving timeline of events & explaining how quickly it happened#KyleRittenhouse

— Kristen Barbaresi (@KristenBarbar) November 11, 2021

Prosecutors challenged Black's report but a judge ruled that he would be allowed to testify at the trial as long as it sticks to the timeline of events and an explanation of how fast they happened.

His expertise on police use-of-force cases and his testimony are likely used by the defense to support their argument that Rittenhouse feared for his life when he began firing.

Protestors demonstrate outside of the Kenosha Court House

A group of peaceful protestors gathered outside of the Kenosha Court House following day eight of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.

The group arrived outside of the courthouse around 5:30 p.m. to demonstrate. Later in the evening, they told reporters they were marching to honor the people who died in August 2020.

“We are marching to keep the victims memory alive in this city” demonstrators gather outside the #Kenosha Court House for the #KyleRittenhouse trial @tmj4 #tmj4

— Gideon WVW (@GidTruth) November 10, 2021

"Why we're marching tonight is to keep the victims and their lives and their memories alive in this city and alive in this country," one demonstrator said. "All over this country people are watching Kenosha, Wisconsin, and wanting to know 'Can you have equal protection under the law?'"

Others who spoke encouraged people to get out and vote "to get people like (Judge Bruce) Schroeder off the bench, out of our courthouses.... on the state and federal level."

Demonstrates also marched around Civil square and chanted, "no justice, no peace" and "if we don't get it, shut it down."

MSNBC host suggests Rittenhouse judge be removed over clash with prosecutors

Tiffany Cross, the host of The Cross Connection on MSNBC, said the judge in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial should be removed after tension began rising in the courtroom.

"Honestly." Cross tweeted at Elie Mystal, The Nation's justice correspondent. "how can this judge be removed?"

Cross' tweet came after Judge Bruce Schroeder lashed out at Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger during his cross-examination of Rittenhouse that included asking him why he remained silent after the August 2020 shootings.

Depressed. Disgusted. But. Not surprised.

— @tiffanydcross (@TiffanyDCross) November 10, 2021

Mystal responded by saying, "Realistically, he can't be. He's elected. Even if he's disciplined later by the state (which he won't be) there's nothing for it for *this* trial. And if he gets off, he can't be re-tried because of Double Jeopardy. So, like I said two weeks ago, Rittenhouse is gonna walk."

Cross replied to the message saying, "Depressed. Disgusted. But. Not surprised."

Fox News host says media is "misinforming the public to create conflict"

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld blamed the media's coverage of the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake as the reason Kyle Rittenhouse traveled to the same city, where he later shot and killed two individuals and injured a third.

"What they did was they excused the rampant violence, they cheered the reduction of police, and what did it do? It creates a void. Who fills that void? Sometimes thugs do, but other times, well-meaning citizens who have had enough," Gutfeld said while reacting to Rittenhouse's testimony on the witness stand during the network's round-table show The Five.

Gutfeld continued, "That is the story that is old as time, that when there is no police, you become the policeman, hence the reason why you have cops."

The host also suggested that some media outlets may deliberately block relevant information from reaching their audiences which could cause public outrage if Rittenhouse is acquitted.

"That's because we are now in the business of misinforming the public to create conflict," Gutfeld concluded.

Key Moments From Rittenhouse Taking the Stand

Kyle Rittenhouse took the witness stand on the eighth day of his trial in an emotional testimony to defend himself.

The 18-year-old said he wasn't looking for trouble when he went to Kenosha on August 25, 2020. On the stand, Rittenhouse told jurors he traveled to Wisconsin to provide first aid and that there wasn't any "friction" between his group and the protestors before the shootings occurred.

Rittenhouse continued that Joseph Rosenbaum, one of the victims, began threatening him and the others. But when Rittenhouse was asked to go into the details of the first shooting, he began to shake and sob uncontrollably. The court took a 10-minute recess following Rittenhouse's breakdown.

The 18-year-old told the court he "didn't intend to kill" the people he shot, but used deadly force to stop a threat. He later said he brought an AR-15 rifle to the protest as a form of protection and admitted to lying to a reporter that he was an EMT.

But as Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger cross-examined Rittenhouse, tensions began to rise in the courtroom between the prosecution and Judge Bruce Schroeder.

Schroeder told Binger that he was "on the borderline" of violating the defendant's right to remain silent after the attorney commented it was the first time Rittenhouse was telling his side of the story. The judge then sent the jury to the library and yelled at Binger for attempting to bring up a new issue without advance notice by opening a new line of questioning that was ruled out in pre-trial.

"Don't get brazen with me!" Judge Schroeder said, raising his voice. "You know very well that an attorney can't go into these types of areas when the judge has already ruled."

Schroeder later told the prosecution to "pick up the pace" of their questioning and sided with the defense over an argument as to whether zooming in on an iPad distorts the image.

During the end of Rittenhouse's testimony, he also admitted that when he told a crowd he shot Rosenbaum because he had a gun, he was mistaken.

"At the time I was a little dazed and I was thinking of Mr. (Joshua) Ziminski with the pistol he had at the Duramax," Rittenhouse said. When asked if he shot Rosenbaum because Ziminski had a pistol, Rittenhouse replied no.

The trial will continue on Thursday with testimony from three witnesses to be called by the defense. The judge told the court he's "very confident" the trial will conclude on Tuesday.

Jurors in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse were dismissed after nearly eight hours on Wednesday and will return to hear the testimony of three defense witnesses tomorrow.

#KyleRittenhouse - The defense witness regarding shell casings has to do with the allegation that Rittenhouse re-racked his gun in the Gaige Grosskreutz shooting.

— Cathy Russon (@cathyrusson) November 10, 2021

Judge Bruce Schroeder told the court he is "very confident" the trial will conclude on Tuesday although there is a slim chance it will finish on Monday. He took a vote on whether the court would be in session over the weekend but ruled they would resume at the start of next week.

Rittenhouse's legal team will call Dr. John Black, the use of force expert and Drew Hernandez, the eyewitness to the shooting of Joseph Rosenbaum. The defense will also call an expert on shell casings in connection to the allegation that Rittenhouse reracked his gun during the shooting of Gaige Grosskreutz

When asked if they expect to have excessive rebuttals, Prosecutor Thomas Binger indicated he didn't think closing arguments would be extensive.

Rittenhouse confused victim with someone else during night of shooting

Kyle Rittenhouse admitted that when he told a crowd he shot 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum because he had a gun last summer, he was mistaken.

During his trial, prosecutors played a video of a crowd asking why Rittenhouse shot someone during the Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin after the 18-year-old fatally injured Rosenbaum.

Video from the incident indicates that Rittenhouse replied, "because he had a gun."

But on the stand, the 18-year-old said "At the time I was a little dazed and I was thinking of Mr. (Joshua) Ziminski with the pistol he had at the Duramax."

According to court testimony, Ziminski fired a handgun in the air nearby from where Rosenbaum was running toward Rittenhouse.

The prosecutor replied, "So you shot Mr. Rosenbaum because Joshua Ziminski had a pistol?"

Rittenhouse simply replied "no."

"You don't get to shoot someone else because someone else has a gun, right?" the prosecutor continued. Rittenhouse replied no again.

Jurors grow tired during trial, pool report says

Jurors in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial appear to be growing tired as the cross-examination continues Wednesday.

According to pool reports in the courtroom, jurors appeared "attentive" and took extensive notes as Rittenhouse first spoke during the defense's questioning. They were especially focused on Rittenhouse recounting how he "feared for his life."

During the cross-examination, jurors reportedly "began to tire and took fewer notes."

#KyleRittenhouse - Pool reporter in court: When Rittenhouse first took the stand, jurors appeared attentive and took extensive notes as he spoke about fearing for his life. But as cross-exam cont into the afternoon by prosecutor Binger, jurors began to tire and took fewer notes.

— Cathy Russon (@cathyrusson) November 10, 2021

Attorneys argue over zoom in feature on iPad

The court has taken a break following an objection made by the defense.

Defense Attorney Richards objected to a video the prosecution wants to use, arguing that the "pinch and zoom" feature on the iPad utilizes artificial intelligence that will distort the image with extra pixels.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger argued that the zoom in feature will not alter the image and it is an everyday part of life with Apple technology that the jury understands.

"It's a fundamental part of our lives these days," Binger said, likening iPad and iPhone zoom to using a magnifying glass 100 years ago.

Judge Bruce Schroeder sided with the defense and said the prosecution should have an expert testify that enlarging an image with zoom is not distortion.

"You need to assure me that it is a reliable method that does not distort what is depicted," Judge Schroeder said.

Judge tells prosecution to 'pick up the pace'

Judge Bruce Schroeder tells the prosecution to "pick up the pace."

During the prosecution's cross-examination, the defense objected to a line of questioning, arguing that Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger asked the same question to Rittenhouse earlier.

Binger assured the judge he was inquiring about a different point than he touched on previously.

Judge Schroeder allowed Binger to continue but told him to "pick up the pace" of his questioning.

Prosecution presses Rittenhouse on 'sarcasm'

Assistant Defense Attorney Thomas Binger asked Kyle Rittenhouse what happened when a man in yellow pants said Rittenhouse pointed his gun at him.

Rittenhouse responded "yeah I did," according to the video that was played in court. However, Rittenhouse testified that he did not point his gun at the man.

When Binger asked "why he lied," Rittenhouse said he was not lying, but rather using sarcasm at that moment to avoid conflict.

Rittenhouse said he "shrugged off" the accusation and when he said "yeah I did," he meant he did not.

"I thought it would be the best way to avoid conflict," Rittenhouse said. "He was accusing me of something I didn't do so the best thing to do was walk away."

Later, Rittenhouse did admit he lied that he was an EMT to a reporter.

Rittenhouse said he was an EMT when asked by Daily Caller reporter Richie McGinniss, according to a video.

"You're not a certified EMT, you're not an EMT of any kind, you weren't on that night, correct?" Binger asked.

Rittenhouse responded "yes" and Binger asked if Rittenhouse lied.

"I told him I was an EMT, but I wasn't," Rittenhouse said.

"You knew you were being interviewed by someone in the media when you told that lie, didn't you?" he asked, to which Rittenhouse responded "yes."

Rittenhouse says he brought his gun to protect himself from attack

Kyle Rittenhouse said he brought his AR-15 rifle to the protest to protect himself.

"If you didn't think there was friction with the crowd, and you were out there trying to help, why did you expect there to be danger?" Prosecutor Thomas Binger asked.

Rittenhouse said he saw people from the previous night get assaulted, including someone who was putting out a fire. He added that he brought the gun in case someone attacked him.

"I didn't think I would be put in a situation where I would have to defend myself," Rittenhouse said.

When asked again why he would think someone would attack him, Rittenhouse said "I don't know."

Defense will ask for a mistrial

Kyle Rittenhouse's defense team said they will make a motion for a mistrial with prejudice for "prosecutorial overreaching."

Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi points out ADA Binger's comments about Rittenhouse's right to remain silent and his line of questioning about a video that was previously ruled inadmissible.

Chirafisi said the prosecution was acting in "bad faith." If granted, a mistrial with prejudice means the state cannot refile charges against Rittenhouse.

WATCH: Kyle Rittenhouse breaks down during testimony

Kyle Rittenhouse broke down on the witness stand during his trial Wednesday.

While recounting the first shooting incident, Rittenhouse began sobbing and could not get through his testimony. The Judge had to call for a short break so Rittenhouse could calm down and return to the stand.

Tensions rise during cross-examination

There have been arguments between the prosecution and the presiding judge in the Kyle Rittenhouse case.

At the start of his cross-examination, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger commented on Rittenhouse's silence on the incident before the trial, noting this is the first time he's told his side of the story after hearing witnesses give their testimony.

Judge Bruce Schroeder said Binger was "on the borderline" of violating Rittenhouse's Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.

"This is a grave constitutional violation for you to talk about the defendant's silence," Judge Schroeder said. "You're right on the borderline. You may be over. But it better stop."

Minutes later, Schroeder grew angrier with Binger and sent the jury to the library.

Schroeder yelled at Binger for attempting to bring up a new issue without advance notice. He said the prosecution was opening a new line of questioning that was ruled out in pre-trial.

Binger said he was attempting to impeach Rittenhouse with a video in which Rittenhouse can be heard saying he wishes he had his gun after watching videos of shoplifters two weeks before the events in Kenosha.

"Don't get brazen with me!" Judge Schroeder said, raising his voice. "You know very well that an attorney can't go into these types of areas when the judge has already ruled."

The judge said he does not "want to have another issue as long as this case continues" and the defense said it will file a motion for a mistrial with prejudice if another incident occurs.

FULL STORY: Rittenhouse Trial Heats Up as Judge Screams at DA: 'Don't Get Brazen With Me'

Rittenhouse says he 'didn't intend to kill' the people he shot

Under cross-examination from the prosecution, Kyle Rittenhouse said he did not intend to kill any of the people he shot in Kenosha.

"Everybody you shot at that night, you intended to kill. Correct?" Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger asked.

Rittenhouse said he "didn't intend to kill them."

"I intended to stop the people who were attacking me," he said. "I did what I had to do to stop the person who was attacking me."

Rittenhouse admitted that he used deadly force, but denied Binger's assertion that he "knew he was going to kill" the people he shot.

"I didn't know it was going to kill them, but I used deadly force to stop the threat," Rittenhouse said.

Rittenhouse recounts each shooting incident

Kyle Rittenhouse recalled the shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

He said he saw Mr. Rosenbaum and heard Mr. Ziminski instruct Rosenbaum to "get him and kill him." Then he said Rosenbaum was chasing him and grabbed his gun.

"I remember his hand on the barrel of my gun," Rittenhouse said.

When asked by the Defense Attorney what he did next, Rittenhouse said "I shoot him," adding he shotRosenbaum four times.

Rittenhouse said he then ran to the police because he "didn't do anything wrong" and was defending himself.

He then said Anthony Huber hit him in the neck with his skateboard. Rittenhouse said he got "lightheaded," "almost passed out" and "stumbled to the ground."

On the ground, he saw someone, who Rittenhouse said was not identified, running towards him after he pulled up his rifle.

When the man ran up and "jumps at" him, Rittenhouse said he fired two shots as the man's boot was making contact with his face.

"He would have stomped my face in if I didn't fire," he said.

Next, he recounts Huber running up to him and hitting him with his skateboard a second time and grabbing his gun. As he felt his riffle strap coming off of his body, Rittenhouse said he fired one shot.

Then, Rittenhouse said Gaige Grosskreutz ran up to him with a pistol in his hand. Once Grosskreutz lowered his arm and pointed his pistol at his head, Rittenhouse said he fired his gun.

He said he shot Grosskreutz once and left because he was "no longer a threat."

After the shootings, Rittenhouse said he was "in shock," "freaking out" and said his "head was spinning."

Rittenhouse says officer told him to 'go home' after confession of shootings

After he shot several people, Kyle Rittenhouse said he went to turn himself into the police.

He said he walked up to the police with his rifle behind him so police "didn't see [him] as a threat."

When he approached a police car, he said "I just shot somebody."

Rittenhouse recalls the officer in the car told him to step back or he would get pepper sprayed. He said the office hold him to "go home."

He added that he could not turn himself in to the Kenosha Police Department because the building was barricaded off with a fence. He said he went home and his mother drove him to the Antioch Police Department in Illinois to turn himself in.

Court breaks after Rittenhouse breaks down on witness stand

Kyle Rittenhouse broke down in tears as he started to describe the first shooting. He began sobbing uncontrollably and could not get his words out.

The court has taken a 10-minute break.

We are in a 10 min break.
Kyle Rittenhouse broke down in tears, shaking, unable to speak as he tried to recount the moments he encounter Joseph Rosenbaum. His mom is also crying in the gallery. #KyleRittenhouse #RittenhouseTrial

— Kristen Barbaresi (@KristenBarbar) November 10, 2021

Rittenhouse describes threats before shooting

Rittenhouse said there wasn't any "friction" between his group and protestors.

"The only thing that happened is the person who attacked me first threatened to kill me twice," Rittenhouse said. He identified that person as Joseph Rosenbaum.

Rittenhouse said Rosenbaum was walking with a steel chain and he had a blue mask around his face.

"He was just mad about something. Me and [Ryan] Balch were asking people if they needed medical help. And then he screamed, 'If I catch any of you f**kers alone, I'm going to f**king kill you,'" Rittenhouse said.

He said Rosenbaum threatened him a second time.

"[Rosenbaum] said, 'I'm going to cut your f**king hearts out,' and, I'm not going to repeat the second word, but, 'Kill you n-words,'" Rittenhouse said.

Rittenhouse says he went to protests to 'provide first aid'

Rittenhouse said he brought an orange first aid kit from his lifeguarding job and a fanny pack with first-aid supplies with him to the protest.

He said he "went down there to provide first aid."

Rittenhouse testifies the orange box at his feet has first aid supples in it. @LawCrimeNetwork

— Sierra Gillespie (@sierragillespie) November 10, 2021

He said he put out a fire at a church. He adds that he went to put out a fire at the high school, but someone else put it out before he arrived.

Rittenhouse also testified that he helped wrap a woman's injured ankle and helped Ryan Balch flush his eyes out after he said someone threw a chemical bomb.

Rittenhouse says he cleaned up graffiti, bought a riffle sling

Kyle Rittenhouse said he, Dominick Black and his sister cleaned graffiti off a high school.

Later he said he bought two riffle slings for him and Black. Rittenhouse said the sling was a "retainer" to use if he was healing someone with first aid at the protests. He said the sling would allow him to dangle the riffle behind him so no one would pick it up and take it from the ground.

Rittenhouse also said he had a bulletproof vest that was given to him by the Grayslake Police Department and he gave the vest to Nick Smith.

"I said, 'Here Nick [Smith], I don't really need my bullet proof vest, I'm going to be helping people with first aid.' And I gave him my bullet proof vest," Rittenhouse said.

Rittenhouse said he wasn't 'looking for trouble' in Kenosha

Defense Attorney Mark Richards began his questioning of Rittenhouse.

Richards asked if Rittenhouse if he came "looking for trouble" in Kenosha on August 25, 2020.

"No," Rittenhouse responded.

Rittenhouse also testified that he lives with his mother and two sisters. He said he graduated high school and is currently studying nursing at Arizona State University.

Rittenhouse takes the stand

Kyle Rittenhouse has taken the witness stand to testify in his own defense.

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