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Ex-Florida AG Calls Rittenhouse ‘A Little Boy Trying to Protect His Community’

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Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. (Image via Reuters)
Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. (Image via Reuters)

Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has claimed that Kyle Rittenhouse was just “a little boy who was trying to protect his community”. The teenager is an Illinois resident and has been accused of fatally shooting protesters last month in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

What We Know:

  • As previously reported, the 17-year old was arrested in late August for the death of two Wisconsin protesters during a night of protests in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse was in possession of a semi-automatic rifle in the attack and has since been arrested in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, and charged with first-degree murder.
  • The now controversial actions of this teenager have sparked a variety of responses from numerous conservative influencers and lawmakers. There has been increasing support for the shooter defending his actions and dubbing him a “patriot”. Political commentator Ann Coulter had a tweet deleted a while back where she suggested wanting Rittenhouse as “her president”.
Twitter removed Coulter's tweet on Kyle Rittenhouse and her desire that he “be president” (Credit: Twitter)

Twitter removed Coulter’s tweet on Kyle Rittenhouse and her desire that he “be president” (Credit: Twitter)

  • The most recent instance is when Bondi appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program on Tuesday to discuss the matter. “People have to understand out there, that was a war zone,” she explained. “You have got a 17-year-old out there trying to protect his state.”

“He is helping people who have been injured. He has paramedic training from being a lifeguard. He is taking graffiti off walls. He is trying to mitigate the chaos out there,” added Bondi.

  • Authorities have confirmed that Rittenhouse crossed the state border in possession of an AR-15 rifle, to join another group of heavily armed white vigilantes claiming to “assist” in protecting the public property in Kenosha.
  • On Friday, Rittenhouse made his first court hearing via a Zoom call in Lake County, Illinois. The hearing was over the status of his extradition and charges he’s facing. He appeared on screen wearing a face mask and from the juvenile detention center in Vernon Hills, where he’s resided since being taken into custody.
  • His lawyers, John Pierce of Los Angeles and local Illinois counsel Michael Baker, were also in the call. Pierce explained to Judge Paul Novak that they intend to challenge Rittenhouse’s handover to Wisconsin authorities, a move he had signaled weeks prior to the meeting, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Pierce continued by stating to the judge that the extradition challenge would not be simple. Most of the process would involve a considerable amount of legal research and asked for at least 30 days to prepare a writ of habeas corpus. Judge Novak gave him an Oct. 8th deadline, only two weeks.

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Javier Garay is a digital intern with Unmutedco. He graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Film/Digital Media with a concentration in Media Studies. He is a contributor and editor for Black News Alerts (BNA), a BNA and BossFM social media contributor, and is the lead of the BNA Daily Podcast Team.

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Man Arrested After Shooting At Gilroy Cops During Pursuit

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A 36-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night after he led Gilroy police officers on a high-speed pursuit.

What We Know:

  • The chase occurred around 9 p.m after police attempted to stop a man named Joshua Munoz. According to authorities, Munoz had warrants out for his arrest and was wanted for outstanding felony and misdemeanor charges.
  • Munoz was charged with possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, child endangerment, brandishing a weapon, burglary, and violating probation. Munoz was pursued by officers onto Highway 101 where he allegedly opened fire. Reportedly, he held a pistol out of the driver’s side window and fired a round at officers. Nobody was injured during the incident.
  • The pursuit reached Monterey County and then the California Highway Patrol took over the chase. Munoz eventually lost control of his vehicle and crashed. Afterward, Munoz attempted to flee, but officers managed to capture him.
  • Police recovered a handgun and rifle on the scene. Munoz was later booked into Santa Clara County jail. In addition to previous warrants, Munoz has also been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, felony evasion, felon in possession of a firearm, and resisting arrest.

Police are still investigating and are asking anyone with additional information to contact detectives at 408-046-0335 or the anonymous tip line at 408-846-0330.

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Teen Couple Joked About Dad’s Killing in New Video Evidence

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A 16-year-old girl and her 18-year-old boyfriend allegedly stabbed her father to death in April.

What We Know:

  • The couple allegedly made vlogs about the crime in the aftermath of the incident. The videos are being used as evidence in the case and have been presented to a Nevada grand jury this week. The videos were recorded with the intent to post them online but were never posted.
  • Aaron Guerrero and Sierra Halseth are charged with murdering Daniel Halseth, Sierra’s father. The couple then burned down the Halseth’s home, which incinerated Daniel’s corpse. In the video, Guerrero can be quoted as saying, “It was worth it.”
  • Sierra and Aaron both face counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Other charges include murder with a deadly weapon, first-degree arson, fraudulent use of credit cards, conspiracy to commit robbery, and robbery with a deadly weapon. The couple was caught on surveillance footage from Home Depot and WinCo purchasing the supplies needed to start a fire.
  • According to CBS 8, the couple’s credit card and debit card receipts match the purchases. Authorities revealed that the couple had been dating for seven months before their parents agreed they shouldn’t date. After the incident, the couple fled to Salt Lake City. The pair was arrested in Utah, and a bloody rug was found in the teenager’s trunk.

The couple was extradited to Clark County, Nevada, and denied bail.

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Man Accused of Kidnapping Dallas Boy Faces New Murder Charge

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A Dallas man initially accused of kidnapping four year old Cash Gernon is now being charged with capital murder.

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  • An 18-year-old from Dallas allegedly kidnapped a sleeping Gernon from his bed last month. He is now being charged with capital murder after the toddler was found stabbed to death a few blocks away. Darriynn Brown’s charges have been upgraded on Wednesday night. This is after new evidence has been found linking him to the murder.
  • Dallas police say “evidence submitted to the lab has been returned linking” Brown to the young boy. Authorities have not specified what DNA evidence they have. Police did not immediately identify Brown as the suspect. Brown was identified later on via surveillance footage taking Gernon from his bed around 5 a.m.
  • Two hours after the incident, a jogger came across Gernon’s dead body lying in the street with multiple stab wounds. At the time, Cash and his twin brother Carter were staying with their father’s girlfriend, Monica Sherrod. Their father allegedly skipped town to outrun drug charges. Carter is now in the custody of his mother, Melina Seagroves.
  • Police allege that Brown knew Sherrod and her teenage son, but their exact relationship is unclear. Before the DNA was returned, Brown was already facing kidnapping and burglary charges. In February, Brown walked into another Dallas home attempting to snatch a two year old girl but was stopped by her grandfather. Brown attacked the man and fled the scene without the girl.

Brown was charged with burglary and injury to an elderly person in that incident.

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