The mother of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse worried that her son would be labeled a white supremacist on the night of his arrest, according to a newly released police video that also shows the teen gunman sobbing.
Rittenhouse, who faces murder and attempted murder charges in the Aug. 25 shooting during Black Lives Matter protests in the Wisconsin city, also asked cops in Antioch, Illinois, to delete his social media accounts, according to footage posted by WITI-TV.
“With everything going on social media, it’s all blown up as cops against the thing,” his mom, Wendy Rittenhouse, said inside the Antioch police station. “You have to look at that point because you’re already being labeled a white supremacist gun person. You have to look at your safety and stuff like that.”
“Can you stop talking mom?” the teenager, then 17, snaps at his mother.
The teen gunman, who is seen sobbing at times, also tried to console his mother.
“Mom, mom, look at me,” Rittenhouse, now 18, is heard telling her. “It’s going to be okay. I’m going to be okay. We’re going to be okay.”
Rittenhouse fled to his hometown of Antioch after the shooting and surrendered to police there the following day.
He was not questioned by cops in the Illinois village because he requested an attorney, and was later extradited to Wisconsin to stand trial.
Rittenhouse was part of an armed militia group in Kenosha to protect businesses from looting during riots stemming from the Blake shooting two days earlier.
Footage of Rittenhouse’s fatal encounter with protesters shows him shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz as he tried to flee the scene.
The teen was released on $2 million bond pending his murder trial.
Last week, a Wisconsin judge added new restrictions to his bail conditions after footage surfaced online of Rittenhouse drinking at a bar with his parents and flashing a white supremacist hand signal.
The judge ordered the teen to avoid associating with white supremacists and not drunk alcohol — although its legal in Wisconsin to drink with your parents consent.
Rittenhouse’s case has become a rallying cry for right-wing gun advocates who say he acted in self defense when confronted by protesters.