American teen charged in Wisconsin shootings denies ties to white supremacists By Reuters

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(Reuters) – A lawyer for Kyle Rittenhouse, the American teenager accused of gunning down two protesters during protests in Wisconsin over the summer, denied prosecutors’ allegations Thursday that he had any affiliation with white supremacists. The statement, made by attorney Mark Richards in a court docket, came after prosecutors asked a court to modify bail conditions due to videos showing Rittenhouse in a bar and allegedly making gestures associated with groups of white power. “The state’s motion for bail is a not-so-veiled attempt to introduce the issue of race in a case that concerns a person’s right to self-defense,” Richards wrote in response to the prosecutors’ charges. Rittenhouse, 18, has been charged in Kenosha County, Wisconsin with first degree murder and five other criminal charges related to the shooting, in which two people were killed and a third was injured. His attorneys have indicated that they plan to argue that their client acted in self-defense. On Wednesday, prosecutors asked the Kenosha County Circuit Court to modify the terms of his release to prohibit the consumption of alcohol, the display of “white power” or “white supremacy” signs or gestures, and association with any member. Known militia or white supremacist. groups. The Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office said Rittenhouse, his mother, and several other adults went to Pudgy’s Pub in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, on January 5, where photographic and video evidence showed him drinking beer and posing for a photo with two men displaying the “OK” sign, a gesture used as a symbol by white supremacist groups. Prosecutors also said the men serenaded Rittenhouse in the pub with “Proud of Your Boy,” a song associated with the Proud Boys, which the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as a hate group, citing their anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric. . While an 18-year-old can legally consume alcohol in a Wisconsin bar if accompanied by a parent, the legal age in Illinois is 21, prosecutors noted in their motion. Rittenhouse, who is on a $ 2 million bond, is a resident of Illinois. Richards said he did not object to modifying the conditions of his bond to ban alcohol. (Report by Nathan Layne in Wilton, Connecticut; Edited by Cynthia Osterman)

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