MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin judge was weighing arguments Monday on whether use-of-force experts can testify at Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial for shooting three people during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha last year.
Monday’s hearing is likely the last before Rittenhouse goes on trial Nov. 1 .
He killed two people and wounded another during chaotic demonstrations in Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020, just two days after a white police officer in that city shot a Black man, Jacob Blake, in the back while responding to a domestic disturbance.
Rittenhouse, who is white, contends he shot the three white men in self-defense. Prosecutors are seeking to exclude a defense expert. They say his expertise is in police, not civilian, use of force and is not relevant to Rittenhouse’s actions.