The parents of a Wisconsin man who was fatally shot during protests against police brutality in Kenosha said their son was a hero and expressed disappointment with President Donald Trump and others who allegedly claimed he “deserved to die” .
Anthony Huber, 26, was one of two men reportedly shot dead by a 17-year-old last month during a protest against the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Prosecutors have charged Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, of Antioch, Illinois, with the murder of Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum. A third man, Gaige P. Grosskreutz, was also wounded in the attack.
Rittenhouse attorney Pierce Bainbridge said his client was defending himself when he opened fire with a Smith & Wesson AR-1
“Kyle didn’t do anything wrong,” he said in a statement last month. “He has made use of his God-given, constitutional, customary and statutory right to self-defense.”
Huber’s parents, John Huber and Karen Bloom, said in a statement released by their lawyers on Friday that their son was maligned by some, including the president.
“We are deeply disappointed that the president, media representatives and others have said that Anthony deserves to die for trying to protect others from someone who has just killed someone,” they said.
The president said at a briefing on Aug. 31 that Rittenhouse “tried to get away from you, I think; it looks like it. And he fell and then they attacked him very violently.”
Huber’s parents said, “There was absolutely no justification for Anthony’s murder.”
He was a hero trying to protect others when he was gunned down, they said.
“He sacrificed his own life to protect innocent civilians who protested the shooting of Jacob Blake that night,” they said. “Without his incredible bravery, many others could have been killed or injured.”
Rittenhouse is charged with first degree willful murder, reckless first degree murder and attempted first degree murder.
He is also facing two charges of reckless endangerment, which are also criminal offenses, and a misdemeanor for possession of a dangerous weapon under the age of 18.
Prosecutors said that minutes before midnight, Rittenhouse was being followed and “engaged” by Rosenbaum, a protester whom Rittenhouse allegedly shot before escaping. Rittenhouse was then confronted near protesters, including Huber, prosecutors said.
The criminal complaint against Rittenhouse gave this report:
“Huber has a skateboard in his right hand. When Huber reaches the defendant, he appears to be reaching for the defendant’s gun with his left hand while the skateboard touches the defendant’s left shoulder. Huber seems to be trying to pull the gun away from the defendant rolls to his left side and when Huber seems to be trying to take up the gun, the gun is pointed at Huber’s body. The defendant then fires a round, which can be heard on the video. Huber staggers away and takes several steps, then falls to the ground. Huber then died of this gunshot wound. “
Bainbridge said that someone “hit Rittenhouse over the head” with a skateboard and that Rittenhouse was faced with protesters who tried to disarm him when he opened fire.
“Fearing for his life and concerned that the crowd would either keep shooting at him or even use his own weapon against him, Kyle had no choice but to shoot several rounds at his immediate attackers and hit two, including one armed Attacker, “he said.
Prosecutors said Grosskreutz apparently had a gun as he approached Rittenhouse. But they said Grosskreutz had “his hands in the air” when Rittenhouse allegedly fired.
A medical examiner said shots to Huber’s chest pierced his heart, aorta, pulmonary artery and right lung.
The New York Times analyzed a video from that night in which police at the demonstration expressed their appreciation and offered Rittenhouse and other armed men water. This happened about 20 minutes after the teen allegedly opened fire, according to the publication.
“It was disturbing to see videos and other information suggesting that local police may have allowed and even encouraged armed guards, including Anthony’s murderer, to patrol the streets of Kenosha and threaten civilians with firearms,” Hubers said Parents.
“In America we celebrate heroes like Anthony who sacrifice for their communities, non-armed vigilantes who cause death and mayhem on the streets.”
Melanie Kucera contributed.