The Wisconsin State Crime Lab has destroyed the rifle Kyle Rittenhouse used to defend his life against multiple attackers during Black Lives Matter “mostly peaceful” riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin in the Summer of 2020. Wisconsin officials put the gun into a mechanical crusher and destroyed it on February 25th.
The Crime Lab videotaped the destruction to clearly show that they indeed did carry it out as agreed to by Rittenhouse’s attorney, prosecutors, and the judge in the trial that found Mr. Rittenhouse not guilty.
In a matter of about three minutes, the gun was unboxed, identified, and dumped into the shredder. They even destroyed the Sight-Mark optic and the Magpul PMag used by Rittenhouse.
Here’s the video:
Newsweek has the story.
The AR-15 rifle used by Kyle Rittenhouse to fatally shoot two protesters and injure a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been destroyed by a state crime lab.
Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder made the decision after Rittenhouse requested it be returned to him so he could destroy it himself. The Wisconsin State Crime Lab destroyed the rifle on February 25, WISN-TV reported Friday.
The rifle was a reminder of the controversial murder trial Rittenhouse faced late last year after the now 19-year-old used the AR-15 to fatally shoot Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and to wound Gaige Grosskreutz at a “Black Lives Matter” protest in 2020. Though he was acquitted in November after the jury ruled he had acted in self-defense, protests broke out in Kenosha in opposition to the verdict.
A few months after his acquittal, his spokesman said Rittenhouse wanted the gun destroyed and thrown away so no one could use it for publicity or to “celebrate” what Rittenhouse did. Schroeder, Rittenhouse’s attorneys and Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger, agreed the state would destroy the weapon.
While the gun is gone, the venom and hatred of Rittenhouse remain among those who don’t support our right to self-defense or gun ownership. In fact, their hatred remains as seething as ever.