KENOSHA, Wis. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Kenosha County District Attorney is asking a judge to modify the conditions of Kyle Rittenhouse’s bond after his visit to a Wisconsin bar on the day he was arraigned.
Rittenhouse was seen on video and in still images with his mother drinking at Pudgy’s Pub in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin on Tuesday, Jan. 5, the same day he was pleaded not guilty to charges of shooting and killing two people and injuring a third during violent protests in Kenosha over the summer.
Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas C. Binger said in a court filing Wednesday the 18-year old was flashing "OK" sign co-opted as a white power gesture by “known white supremacist groups" and was serenaded by patrons singing the anthem used by white supremacy group, the Proud Boys.
There is no allegation he was breaking the law, but the prosecutors' office is asking that his bond be modified, prohibiting him from possessing or consuming alcohol or being inside an establishment where alcohol is served; and from making any white power or white supremacy signs or hand gestures, and that would prohibit him from having contact with “any known militia members or known members of any violent white power/white supremacist groups or organizations, including but not limited to the group identified as the ‘Proud Boys.’”
Rittenhouse was also seen in the bar wearing a t-shirt reading "Free as F**k" while posing for pictures and using the "OK" hand gesture.
The Antioch teen brought a rifle to protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. He was captured on video shooting three protesters - two fatally.
Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty on Jan. 5 to charges including intentional homicide. He is asserting self defense.
Conservatives have rallied around Rittenhouse, describing him as a patriot who took up arms to protect people and property, and raised enough money, with help from actor Ricky Schroder, to make his $2 million cash bail, CBS 2 reported. Others see him as a domestic terrorist whose presence with a rifle incited protesters.
A date for a bond modification hearing for Rittenhouse has not been set.