Family of Kyle Rittenhouse Victim Files Federal Lawsuit Against Kenosha

The family of John Huber, who was killed last summer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, by Kyle Rittenhouse has filed a federal lawsuit against the city.

The suit specifically names the Kenosha County sheriff, the former chief of police and acting chief of police of the Kenosha Police Department and “John Doe police officers of the Kenosha Police Department and Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department,” in addition to the city and county of Kenosha.

The father of the deceased victim says defendants “deputized these armed individuals, conspired with them, and ratified their actions by letting them patrol the streets, armed with deadly weapons, to mete out justice as they saw fit.”

The defendants then thanked those vigilante individuals, gave them water and “allowed them to openly defy the emergency curfew order that was in place,” Mr. Huber said.

The complaint alleges the defendents did not treat Rittenhouse as a threat, and their actions allowed Rittenhouse to kill two people and injure a third.

Rittenhouse, then 17, shot and killed Anthony Huber, 26, on Aug. 25, 2020, after a chase, with Huber trying to disarm him with his skateboard. Rittenhouse has claimed he acted in self-defense.

The lawsuit also claims that the actions of the defendants to treat militia members differently than the demonstrators was racial discrimination.

“Defendants did nothing to stop Rittenhouse’s illegal conduct,” the lawsuit states. “They did not arrest him for illegally carrying a gun. They did not disarm him. They did not limit his movement in any way. They did not question him. They did not stop him from shooting individuals after he started. They did not arrest him, detain him, or question him even after he had killed two people.” 

Axios, The Hill, and Reuters