Kenosha activists, Jacob Blake's family call for Kyle Rittenhouse's bond to be revoked
KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- As Kenosha activists call for Kyle Rittenhouse to be locked up, his attorneys are maintaining his innocence.
Rittenhouse is the 18-year-old from Antioch, Illinois, who is accused of opening fire during protests last summer in the aftermath of the shooting of Jacob Blake.
On Saturday, Feb. 6, the group "Leaders of Kenosha" and Blake's uncle marched through the 10 degree temps carrying signs reading, "Revoke Rittenhouse."
"If I've ever seen a person who's a threat to our community and to our country, it's Kyle Rittenhouse," said Erica Ness, director of community engagement for Leaders of Kenosha.
Court documents show Rittenhouse violated the conditions of his bond by not telling the court his current address.
The Kenosha County District Attorney's Office wants Rittenhouse's bond increased, but activists in Kenosha want it revoked.
"If that was one of my sons, he would have been in that county jail without a bond," said Tanya McLean, executive director of Leaders of Kenosha.
Rittenhouse's defense fund responded to the Leaders of Kenosha's march in a tweet. They wrote: "Man, it sure would be nice to be able to use Facebook to demand an unjustified legal action be taken against an innocent kid."
Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and injuring another in the days after Blake was shot
"They were out here to support Jacob Blake and his family and our community, so how would we not stand in solidarity with their families?" McLean said.
Blake was shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha police officer in August. Last month, District Attorney Michael Graveley announced he would not file charges against the officer.
"We can't get justice for little Jake but this young man (Rittenhouse) who murdered two people and tried to injure civilians and a third can run around carefree," said Justin Blake, Blake's uncle.
For months, Rittenhouse's lawyers have argued he acted in self defense. They say he's been living at a safehouse and did not want his address public because of threats.
Rittenhouse is due back in court on Thursday for a bail/bond hearing.