"I stood up for myself," Kyle Rittenhouse told jurors in his homicide trial

He described wandering around Kenosha with his rifle as protesters lit the fire and the night became increasingly tense. He testified th...


He described wandering around Kenosha with his rifle as protesters lit the fire and the night became increasingly tense. He testified that he has helped people with minor medical problems, including a woman, he said, whose ankle he wrapped. He said he also helped put out a fire behind a church.

And he spoke of his first encounters with Mr. Rosenbaum, 36, one of the men he would later kill.

“Mr. Rosenbaum was walking with a steel chain, and he had a blue mask around his face, and he was just crazy about something,” Mr. Rittenhouse said, adding that Mr. Rosenbaum had shouted that he would kill Mr. Rittenhouse if he found him alone.

Despite the tense situation, Mr Rittenhouse said he continued to walk around the neighborhood asking protesters – many of whom had received tear gas or suffered minor scratches and injuries that evening – if they needed medical help.

“I hear someone screaming ‘Burn in hell’ and I say ‘Friendly, friendly, friendly’ to let them know, hey, I’m just here to help,” he said. “I don’t want any problems. I just want to put out the fires if there are any.

When, around midnight, Mr. Rittenhouse was chased by Mr. Rosenbaum and later by other people in the crowd who thought he was an active shooter, he shot them to stop what he described as a serious threat.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” said Mr Rittenhouse, explaining why he had shot eight times. “I defended myself.

During a cross-examination that lasted several hours, the prosecution peppered Mr Rittenhouse with questions as to why he had come to Kenosha town center in the first place – carrying a gun and inserting himself into a very volatile situation with a group that was not likely to appreciate his presence.

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