Rittenhouse Prosecutor Argues Teen Lied About Shooting, Being EMT to 'Save His Own Skin'

In the prosecution's closing arguments at Kyle Rittenhouse's trial, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger argued that Rittenhouse lied about the threats he faced last summer in Kenosha and about being an EMT to "save his own skin" after fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum.

"The defendant is lying to save his own skin," Binger told the jury. "Instead of going to try and help the person he has just shot and killed."

On Monday, Binger replayed a video of Rittenhouse running away from the scene where he shot Joseph Rosenbaum.

In the video, someone asks Rittenhouse why he fired his AR-15 at Rosenbaum, to which Rittenhouse replied "[Rosenbaum] pulled a gun"—a remark Binger said had been proven by witness testimony and evidence to be a lie.

"Jason Lackowski, [Rittenhouse] lies to. The crowd, he lies to. Gaige Grosskreutz, he lies to," Binger said.

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Kyle Rittenhouse looks on after a break during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 9, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Mark Hertzberg/Getty

The prosecutor also pointed to the claims Rittenhouse made on the night of August 25, 2020, that stated he was a certified EMT, referring to the 18-year-old a "fraud medic."

"No serious, credible medic wears an AR-15 slung around their body," Binger told the jury. "That's because the defendant was a fraud. He was not an EMT. He lied. He lied to the press."

Binger called Rittenhouse's false claims about being an EMT, "An insult to all real, trained medical professionals."

"On one hand, [Rittenhouse] wrapped up an ankle and I think maybe helped somebody who had a cut on their hand. Yay!" Binger said. "On the other hand, he killed two people, blew off Gaige Grosskreutz's arm, and put two more lives in jeopardy."

Rittenhouse is facing five felony charges in connection to the deaths of Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, as well as the injuries sustained by Gaige Grosskretuz.

Rittenhouse has pleaded not guilty to all the charges and has contended he acted in self-defense that night in Kenosha.

Binger attempted to discredit the defendant in his closing argument saying that the only testimony that lacks video evidence is Rittenhouse's claims that Rosenbaum threatened to kill him.

"The only important thing in this case that is not on video is the alleged threat to kill, which suggests it never really happened," the prosecutor said.

"Joseph Rosenbaum—He's dead, so we don't know what he was thinking," Binger added. "We don't know what was going on in his mind. That makes him an easy target for the defense today because they can stand up here and pile on him and destroy his reputation and he can't speak for himself."