Does Kyle Rittenhouse Have a Self-Defense Claim?

Men carry rifles as people protest outside the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, August 25, 2020. (Stephen Maturen/Reuters)
Without more context, the numerous videos of the incident add up to a disturbing Rorschach test.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE K enosha, a city of 100,000 in Wisconsin’s southeastern corner, now confronts the question of when lethal force is justified in two different cases. One, the shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer, I addressed yesterday. The other is the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, who is alleged to have killed two people and injured one during the civil unrest this week, and who has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, reckless homicide, and other offenses.

Rittenhouse is a 17-year-old from Antioch, Ill., about a half hour’s drive from Kenosha. Inexplicably, this underage police cadet from out of state wound up on

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