The lawyer for Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenage vigilante accused of killing two Black Lives Matter protestors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, issued a statement Thursday demanding “justice for Kyle.”
“Thanks to ALL Freedom Loving Americans who responded to requests for contact information on Kyle Rittenhouse,” attorney L. Lin Wood, who said he will be working with the firm of Pierce Bainbridge, posted on Twitter. “We have connected with Kyle’s family & help is on the way.”
“Kyle will have excellent legal representation. We owe him a legal defense,” Wood wrote, closing the letter “We will obtain justice for Kyle.”
The phrase has typically been used to demand vindication for black and brown people killed by police.
Rittenhouse, 17, is due in court Friday in his home state of Illinois, where he was arrested Wednesday after fleeing Kenosha, where he allegedly shot three protesters, killing two.
The teenager was part of an armed militia group that sought to protect Kenosha businesses from violent protests in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake in the city on Sunday.
He will be the subject of a Friday extradition hearing to send him back to Wisconsin, where he faces first-degree intentional homicide charges.
Wood said the lawyers had also formed a non-profit, the #FightBack Foundation, Inc., to raise money for the teen’s legal defense. He said the group will be online within 12 hours.
“The #FightBack Foundation legal team is heading out to meet with Kyle & his family,” Wood tweeted, adding that “several great local & national lawyers” had joined the legal team to defend Rittenhouse.
Wood said he will make further announcements Friday.
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