Kyle Rittenhouse’s bond agreement has been altered after prosecutors alleged he flashed a white power hand sign during a visit to a bar in Wisconsin following his arraignment on January 5.
Rittenhouse is charged with fatally shooting two people and injuring another in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 25 during the protests related to the death of Black man Jacob Blake. His attorneys claim his intention was to protect the city and provide medical care to those hurt in the demonstrations.
The new bond agreement states that Rittenhouse cannot possess or drink alcohol and he cannot possess firearms. He’s also forbidden from knowingly having contact with people or groups know to “harm, threaten, harass or menace others on the basis of their race, beliefs on the subject of religion, color, national origin, or gender.”
Prosecutors say Rittenhouse went to Pudgy’s Pub in Mount Pleasant following his arraignment and while there he was seen flashing an “OK” hand sign associated with white supremacist groups.
At the bar, a group of five adult men reportedly serenaded Rittenhouse with a rendition of “Proud of Your Boy”.
Rittenhouse, who is 18-years-old, drank three beers during his time at the bar. Though the legal drinking age is 21, in Wisconsin anyone underage can drink alcohol if they’re with a parent. Rittenhouse’s mother was also in the Pudgy’s Pub at the time.
It’s also alleged that Rittenhouse gave the “OK” sign, which has been co-opted by the white power movement, and posed for photos.
“The defendant’s continued association with members of a group that prides itself on violence, and the use of their symbols, raises the significant possibility of future harm. Further, this association may serve to intimidate potential witnesses,” prosecutors wrote in their motion to change the terms of the bond.
An attorney for Rittenhouse made no objection to the changes but his legal team had previously claimed the state was trying to “inject” the issue of race into his case.
“The State has done an extensive search of all of Mr. Rittenhouse’s social media as part of its investigation in this case,” defense attorney Mark Richards wrote. “Upon information and belief, no information linking Mr. Rittenhouse to the listed organizations has been found.
“Additionally, the State has presented no evidence of Mr Rittenhouse visiting any of the listed organizations’ websites,” he said.
“The State’s bond motion is a not-so-thinly veiled attempt to inject the issue of race into a case that is about a person’s right to self-defense.”
Rittenhouse was released after posting $2 million bail on January 5. He was 17-years-old at the time of the alleged offenses.