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Prosecutors: Kyle Rittenhouse flashed White supremacist symbols at Wisconsin bar

Prosecutors: Kyle Rittenhouse flashed White supremacist symbols at Wisconsin bar
Prosecutors requested to ban Kyle Rittenhouse from drinking alcohol, displaying white power signs, and fraternizing with known members of white supremacy groups after he was seen doing so at a Wisconsin bar.  File Photo courtesy of the Kenosha County, Wis., Sheriff's Department

Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Kenosha, Wis., requested to modify the bond agreement of Kyle Rittenhouse -- who is charged with killing two people during a protest in August -- after he was seen allegedly flashing White supremacist symbols at a bar.

The Kenosha County District Attorney's Office filed a motion to restrict the 18-year-old from Antioch, Ill., from possessing or consuming alcohol at a bar or restaurant, displaying White power signs, and fraternizing with known members of White supremacy groups.

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According to the motion, prosecutors issued the request after Rittenhouse was seen on security footage at a bar in Mount Pleasant, Wis., where he drank three beers, flashed an "OK" hand gesture that has been co-opted by White supremacist groups and sang the Proud Boys' anthem with other men at the bar, while accompanied by his mother.

"The defendant's continued association with members of a group that prides itself on violence and the use of their symbols raises the significant possibility of future harm. Further, this association may serve to intimidate potential witnesses," the motion states.

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An attorney for Rittenhouse said that he does not belong to or associate with White supremacist groups and called the motion "a not-so-thinly veiled attempt to interject the issue of race into a case that is about a person's right to self-defense."

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It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to possess or consume alcohol in a public place in Rittenhouse's home state of Illinois, however, in Wisconsin, people under the age of 21 can drink and possess alcohol if they are accompanied by a parent.

Rittenhouse's trip to the bar came on Jan. 5, the same day he pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony homicide and other crimes. Authorities said he fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, with an AR-15-style rifle during protests against the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake.

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In November, Rittenhouse posted $2 million bail largely raised through a legal defense fund.

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