One of the assailants against Kyle Rittenhouse during 2020’s Kenosha riots, who admitted in last year’s trial that he pulled a gun on the teen defendant, has filed a petition to legally change his name after citing “constant harassment.” Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges in last year’s self-defense trial in the killing of two men and the wounding of Grosskreutz.
Local outlet Kenosha County Eye (KCE) published details of the court filing after the sealed document was obtained by them. KCE not only reported on the name-change petition, but reminded readers of Grosskreutz’s lengthy criminal record.
Grosskreutz was 26 years old when he pointed a gun at a then-17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse on August 25, 2020. He was then shot by Rittenhouse in the arm. Rittenhouse was acquitted by a jury for the shooting. At that point in his young life, he had had at least six arrests. His criminal arrest record goes back to 2007, when he was only 14 years old. We do not have his juvenile records, as Wisconsin statutes prohibit police from releasing them.
Grosskreutz also perjured himself in the Rittenhouse trial when he falsely testified about his conceal carry status. KCE continued:
KCE believes the Concealed Carry License was revoked, not expired. Here is a copy of Grosskreutz’s license that he posted online. The licenses didn’t expire until 1/10/2023. The WI DOJ likely revoked his license, meaning her [sic] lied under oath and T. Clair Binger knew it, or should have known it.
Grosskreutz, now 29, released a public statement after the KCE story broke of his legal petition to change his name, saying: “the real story here isn’t that I am seeking to change my name, but that a process that is supposed to protect and shield those in danger was undermined and sealed information was released to the right-wing media within hours of my filing.”
It is somewhat ironic that a career criminal who quite easily could have used deadly force against a teenage kid is expressing upset at the system for putting him in danger now, but that seems par for the course for leftists these days. Still, and in fairness to him, just as conservatives don’t want Rittenhouse and others in the public spotlight harassed, Grosskreutz deserves the same respect. If he intends to turn his life around, more power to him and we should wish him well in that regard. He has more than served his own public sentence in the years following the Kenosha riots.
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Writing about the infamous night, the Post Millennial added:
Rittenhouse shot Grosskreutz during a riot in Kenosha in August 2020 after Grosskreutz advanced on him with a gun. He was one of three men who Rittenhouse shot that night, though the other two died from their injuries. Rittenhouse was exonerated of all charges and determined to have acted in self-defense. Grosskreutz testified against Rittenhouse at trial, but evidence showed that he had his gun drawn at the time he was shot.
Featured image: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons; West Allis Police.