Man killed by Rittenhouse challenged group to shoot him, used racial slur-witness

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KENOSHA, Wis., Nov 5 (Reuters) - A witnesser successful the proceedings of U.S. teen Kyle Rittenhouse said connected Friday that 1 of the 2 protesters killed that nighttime was acting aggressively and repeatedly challenged a radical of equipped men to sprout him, but that helium did not see the antheral a threat.

Prosecutors sought to usage the grounds of Jason Lackowski, a erstwhile Marine who was among the equipped men with Rittenhouse connected the nighttime of the shootings, that the archetypal idiosyncratic the teen changeable was not perceived arsenic a menace to different equipped man.

Rittenhouse, 18, has been charged successful the sidesplitting of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and for wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, present 27, during a chaotic nighttime connected Aug. 25, 2020 successful Kenosha, Wisconsin during protests astatine the constabulary shooting of a Black man.

Rittenhouse has pleaded not blameworthy and says helium acted successful aforesaid defense.

In an incidental abstracted from the shootings, Lackowski said that Rosenbaum had challenged him and different equipped men adjacent to him to sprout him and besides "false-stepped" successful their absorption - a question of stepping toward idiosyncratic and past rapidly stepping back.

"After helium did that a fewer times I turned my backmost and ignored him," Lackowski said, answering "no" to a question from Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger astir whether helium considered Rosenbaum a menace and confirming helium was unarmed.

Lackowski said helium was equipped with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, akin to the limb Rittenhouse had that night. He said he, on with others, had travel to Kenosha to support a utilized car batch aft rioting and arson successful the metropolis successful erstwhile nights.

Lackowski's grounds came 1 time aft 2 witnesser provided grounds that appeared to beryllium supportive of Rittenhouse's self-defense claims. On Thursday, 1 witnesser said Rosenbaum cursed and lunged for the defendant's firearm earlier helium fired and different witnesser said Rosenbaum had threatened to termination some Rittenhouse and him earlier successful the night. work much

Under cross-examination, Lackowski acknowledged that dissimilar Rittenhouse helium was not unsocial erstwhile helium came into interaction with Rosenbaum and that his calculation of the imaginable menace could person changed if Rosenbaum had threatened his life.

Lackowski besides said Rosenbaum was utilizing "the N-word" portion asking radical to sprout him, utterances that prompted different protesters to respond negatively towards him. The protests had been sparked by the constabulary shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, connected Aug. 23, 2020. Blake was near paralyzed from the waist down.

Corey Chirafisi, an lawyer for Rittenhouse, pointed retired the discourse successful which Rosenbaum allegedly utilized a radical slur.

"He's saying this astatine a protestation for an African-American antheral who was changeable by police."

reporting by Nathan Layne successful Kenosha, Wisconsin Editing by Alistair Bell

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