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Donald H said:It's possible the police didn't see him shoot anybody and so the bottle of water the police gave him may not have been meant as a reward. But two people were murdered and a couple of reasons why are that the kid was mentally ill and he exercized his right to carry his AR-15 on Main street.
I would strongly disagree with saying "two people were murdered" based on the evidence I have seen. The cellphone video that shows the shooting, shows Rittenhouse clearly running away from/fleeing a number of people. He falls to the ground -- it is impossible to tell from the video whether he tripped on his own or if he was struck in the head and knocked down (I've read both). He is then rushed by several individuals who try to rip the AR away from him. He fires to prevent that and defend himself. One of the three people he shot was carrying a handgun.
I gave seen Donut Operator linked here before and as a result have watched some of his videos. He seems fair and level-headed and gives an analysis of several angles: https://youtu.be/pbsOIoqcit4
That seems very clearly self defence to me. Failing to allow yourself to be disarmed and murdered with your own weapon does not make one a murderer in my view.
Whether or not it was wise or prudent for him to be there in the first place is another question. The fact is, he attempted to withdraw from the situation. The rioters would not let him and they chased him down and attacked him. He defended himself.
Why do you say he is mentally ill?
Whether he was mentally ill or not, the video seems to demonstrate a clear self defence case in my view.