College Republicans at Arizona State University are raising money for the teen suspected of killing two people and injuring another at a protest in Kenosha, Wis., this week.
“Half of all funds collected this semester for Republicans United will be donated to 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse legal defense fund,” a tweet by the group said Thursday. “He does not deserve to have his entire life destroyed because of the actions of violent anarchists during a lawless riot.”
Half of all funds collected this semester for Republicans United will be donated to 17 year old Kyle Rittenhouse legal defense fund. He does not deserve to have his entire life destroyed because of the actions of violent anarchists during a lawless riothttps://t.co/vD7obvkcaI pic.twitter.com/2ZQN2OORmj
— College Republicans United (@ASU_CRU) August 27, 2020
Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old from Illinois, has been accused of shooting and killing 26-year-old Anthony Huber and 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum in Kenosha.
Rittenhouse was formally charged with intentional homicide, one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment. He was taken into custody Wednesday to face those charges in Wisconsin.
The protests in Wisconsin came in response to the Kenosha police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man who was shot in the back seven times while trying to get into his vehicle.
Blake is currently paralyzed from the waist down.
According to attorneys representing Rittenhouse, a local business owner — whose car dealership sustained vast amounts of damage during the previous nights of protest — called on Rittenhouse and a friend to provide security for his store amid the protests.
Rittenhouse’s attorneys claim his involvement in the shooting was an act of self-defense protected by the Second Amendment.
“Upon the sound of a gunshot behind him, Kyle turned and was immediately faced with an attacker lunging towards him and reaching for his rifle,” attorneys said. “He reacted instantaneously and justifiably with his weapon to protect himself, firing and striking the attacker.”
The College Republicans maintained that Rittenhouse was acting to keep a city out of chaos.
“Kenosha has devolved into anarchy because the authorities in charge of the city abandoned it,” the College Republicans said. “They stood back and watched Kenosha burn. Kyle Rittenhouse is not a vigilante but a citizen who attempted to help in a city in chaos.”
Demonstrations against racial injustice and police brutality were sparked across the country in late May after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died police custody.