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The expert on the use of force certified that Kelly rittenhouseThe decision to shoot three people during the riots in Kenosha, WisconsinLast year was fair.

“A civilian in that situation, given those indicators, would it be reasonable for them to believe that they were about to be attacked?” expert John Black said Tuesday during a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday. “I would argue yes.”


Black spent hours outlining the events of Rittenhouse’s decisions to shoot Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber and Gage Grosskretz on August 25, 2020. Rosenbaum and Huber died as a result, and Grosskretz was injured.

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Black testified that the video shows Rosenbaum chasing Rittenhouse and reaching for the teenager’s gun, Huber assaulting Rittenhouse with a skateboard and trying to take away his gun, and Grosskretz with his hand. I ran at him with a pistol.

Rittenhouse is set to stand trial on a number of counts, including murder, from November 1. 18-year-old argues he opened fire in self-defense when men attacked him riot After the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Black added to his testimony that he had studied audience videos of the shooting extensively, and noted that Rosenbaum followed Rittenhouse, threw a plastic bag at him, and reached for his gun.

“Now the shotgun is a potential weapon for both sides,” Black said. “Now we have a potential wrestling match.”

After shooting Rosenbaum, Rittenhouse ran down the street, according to Bystander Video. He stumbled at one point and another man came from the crowd and kicked Rittenhouse in the face, Black said. Rittenhouse also fired at the man, but missed.

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Huber hit Rittenhouse in the neck with a skateboard, and reached for Rittenhouse’s gun, Black said. Rittenhouse then shot him. Grosskretz again raised his hands, but was also holding a gun in his right hand. Rittenhouse then shot him in the arm.

Black testified that Rittenhouse maintained control of his gun and was not shooting aimlessly at the crowd.

Rittenhouse’s lead attorney, Mark Richards, is trying to persuade Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder to testify for Black at trial in November. Schroeder is holding off on making a decision until a prosecution expert’s testimony on the use of force is heard on October 25.

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Meanwhile, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger argued that Black is an expert in the use of force by police, not civilians. Black replied that he taught civilian self-defense courses.

Binger also questioned whether Rittenhouse would have been justified in using lethal force if he did not have a gun. Black argued that he was an imaginary swimmer, but said that if Rittenhouse was not armed with a gun, he could not be justified in using lethal force.

Rittenhouse was 17 when he traveled to Kenosha, about 20 miles from his home in Antioch, Illinois, on August 25, 2020, in response to a call on social media to protect businesses there.