I served nearly 40 years in law enforcement with 15 of those years as Sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, less than an hour away from Kenosha.
I know the area well. I, like many of you, watched a bunch of gutless politicians sit on their hands as violent thugs burned that city down last summer. It disgusted me.
But rather than hunting down and punishing the rioters, looters, vandals and arsonists, the state prosecutor launched a politically-motivated persecution of Kyle Rittenhouse, even after he was captured on video clearly defending himself.
As a former homicide detective with the City of Milwaukee police department, I am acutely aware of what is necessary to charge someone with felony homicide. Those elements are not present in Kyle’s case. As a detective, I made recommendations to the prosecutor during a charging conference. I would have recommended that no criminal charge against Rittenhouse be issued under his right to self-defense, when considering the totality of the circumstances because how he responded was reasonable under those circumstances.
What’s happening to Kyle Rittenhouse is a blatant miscarriage of justice and an abuse of government authority. I won’t sit by and watch it happen and neither should you.