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Somebody smarter than I am is going to have to explain to me how any part of this story makes any damn sense at all. Somehow, the law enforcement officials in Wisconsin have lost Kyle Rittenhouse, the famous young bloodshed tourist from Illinois. From the Kenosha News:
According to court documents, Kenosha County Assistant District Attorneys Thomas C. Binger and Jason R. Zapf filed the motion to increase bond before Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce E. Schroeder. The motion asks for an arrest warrant to be issued for Rittenhouse, charged in two homicides and another man who was shot during the civil unrest Aug. 25, along with an additional bond of $200,000. After his initial arrest, Rittenhouse was held in custody until he posted a $2 million bond Nov. 20. The motion states the bond listed his address as an apartment in Antioch, Ill., and specifically required him to “give written notice to the Clerk of this Court within 48 hours of any change of address or telephone number.” The motion further states that, on Dec. 22, the clerk mailed a notice to the defendant at that address, and that notice was returned as unclaimed Jan. 28.
So here we have the most famous criminal defendant in Wisconsin history who was not also a psychotic serial murderer. (Ed Gein and Jeffrey Dahmer have set the all-time bar for Wisconsin murderers impossibly high.) He comes to a disturbance from another state, and carrying an illegal firearm. (Road trip! Death takes a holiday!) He is charged with killing two people and wounding another. He gets bail, which is preposterous all on its own, and then he raises the $2 million in amounts large and small so he can get out of the can. He then violates his bail conditions in just about every way you can, except by shooting someone else. He gets photographed in a bar, downing beers and flashing white-supremacist hand signals. And now they…don’t…know…where…he…is. For all the local cops and local prosecutors know, young Kyle’s mother could have air-mailed him to Kiribati. And his lawyers responded to a very polite WTF? from the court by hanging the police out to dry.
According to a report from the outlet Law & Crime, Rittenhouse’s civil attorney John Pierce wrote in a court filing Wednesday that “Due to the threats made against Kyle, I was concerned for his immediate safety while transitioning out of police custody … Because of these concerns, I coordinated Kyle’s release from custody with Captain Bill Beth of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office several days prior to actually posting his bond.” Then, Pierce wrote that as he was filling out a form upon Rittenhouse’s release, a Kenosha Police Department captain, whose name was not included, told Pierce that he “absolutely should not” write down where Rittenhouse would be staying because of safety concerns and instead should put down his home address in Antioch.
It should not be necessary to point out that, had young Kyle been a young black man from the north side of Milwaukee who shot couple of people, he currently would find himself being held under the jail. As if the precipitating event in Kenosha were not proof enough that there are two standards of criminal justice in this country, the news is now full of stories about how the white rioters who pillaged the Capitol are eating catered organic food and asking for permission to go hang out on a beach in Mexico for a few days. And nobody can find Kyle Rittenhouse, who was last seen living the life of a celebrity criminal in a local taproom. Alright, as John Dos Passos wrote, we are two countries.
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