Kyle Rittenhouse, Accused of Killing 2 in Kenosha, Freed on $2 Million Bail

Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who was captured on video shooting three people during protests in Kenosha, Wis., in August and was charged with killing two, has been released from jail after posting $2 million bail, the sheriff said.

Sheriff David Beth of Kenosha County said Mr. Rittenhouse was released on Friday afternoon. It was not immediately clear how Mr. Rittenhouse had raised the fortune needed to win his release as he awaits trial, but his supporters had already raised more than $1 million for his defense efforts earlier, according to online fund-raising websites and one of his lawyers.

Mr. Rittenhouse, who is white, has become a polarizing figure since the shooting in August. He became a hero to some conservatives, who said he was acting in self-defense and had been trying to protect the city from destruction by patrolling the streets with a military-style rifle. Protests rocked the city after a Kenosha police officer shot Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, in the back.

Videos from the protests showed Mr. Rittenhouse shooting three people, two of whom died: Anthony M. Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum. He has been charged with six felonies including two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Mr. Rittenhouse told The Washington Post this week that he did not regret bringing the gun to the protest, and that he had gotten an adult friend to buy the gun for him after giving the friend money from a government stimulus check.

“I feel I had to protect myself,” he said. “I would have died that night if I didn’t.”

Mr. Huber’s father had urged a judge at a bail hearing earlier this month to keep Mr. Rittenhouse in custody before trial, saying he believed Mr. Rittenhouse saw himself as “above the law.” Mr. Rittenhouse had been held in a jail in Illinois, where he lived, for nearly two months as his lawyers fought unsuccessfully to keep him from being extradited to Wisconsin, where he will be tried.

Julie Bosman contributed reporting.

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