In a lawsuit filed Tuesday (Aug. 17), the family of Anthony Huber, a protester who was fatally shot by Kyle Rittenhouse last summer, has accused the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, of negligence.
According to The Washington Post, Huber’s family believes that the city’s police and sheriff’s departments conspired with militia members, which allowed them to commit “damage and inflict injuries”. Rittenhouse, who is charged with first-degree reckless homicide as well as first-degree intentional homicide, and other gunmen received special treatment because of their race, according to his family’s attorneys. In the complaint, it is written that the defendants would have acted differently if Rittenhouse were Black.
Amid the chaos, the family’s attorney, Anand Swaminathan, claims the police encouraged protesters to go where the armed men were. According to him, a curfew of 8 p.m. applied to the demonstrators but not to the armed individuals who claimed to be protecting local businesses in the area.
In Swaminathan’s view, there was no need to take [the protesters] out of the park and into the street. According to the police, they should not have done so, since they were well aware, based on Facebook posts and internal communications among officers, that there were armed people waiting outside the park for them.
A lawsuit file in Kenosha county names former Kenosha police chief Daniel Miskinis and current Kenosha police chief Eric Larsen as well as Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth directly.
The trial for Rittenhouse’s murder of Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum is set for November following protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha police officer last August. For shooting Gaige Grosskreutz in the stomach, he also faces attempted first-degree homicide charges. Rittenhouse has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him and claims that he shot the men in self defense.