Gaige Grosskreutz, who was shot in the arm, has accused police of enabling militants to engage in deadly violence during the anti-police protests in 2020.
Gaige Grosskreutz, who was shot in the arm, filed a federal lawsuit accused police of enabling militants to engage in deadly violence during the anti-police protests in 2020.
In thefederal lawsuitfiled Thursday, Grosskreutz alleged that Kenosha's"law enforcement officers and white nationalist militia persons discussed and coordinated strategy" that led to the shootings on Aug. 25, 2020."It was not a mistake that Kyle Rittenhouse would kill two people and maim a third on that evening," the lawsuit stated."It was a natural consequence of the actions of the Kenosha Police Department and Kenosha Sherriff’s office in deputizing a roving militia to 'protect property' and 'assist in maintaining order.'"
The lawsuit names the city and county of Kenosha, the sheriff, and the former and current police chief as defendants, but it does not name Rittenhouse as a defendant.A lawyer for Sheriff David Beth and Kenosha County said the allegations against them were false, and he added he intended to file a motion to dismiss the case.
"The lawsuit also fails to acknowledge that Mr. Grosskreutz was himself armed with a firearm when he was shot and Mr. Grosskreutz failed to file this lawsuit against the person who actually shot him," the attorney Samuel C. Hall said in ato media outlets. headtopics.com
Hall, the Kenosha Police Department, and the city did not respond to BuzzFeed News' request for comment.Grosskreutz, who sustained serious injuries and"lost 90% of his right bicep" in the shooting, is seeking unspecified damages for several alleged constitutional violations, including failure to intervene, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and free speech violations.
According to the lawsuit, Kenosha's authorities were aware of social media posts suggesting that armed individuals were about to descend on the city with the intent to hurt and kill demonstrators.In a Facebook post, a self-proclaimed militia group called Kenosha Guard called for"patriots willing to take up arms and defend our City tonight against the evil thugs," prompting hundreds of responses, including threats of violence.
"Counter protest? Nah. I fully plan to kill looters and rioters tonight. I havemy suppressor on my AR, these fools won’t even know whathit them," one reply to the post said.Instead of stopping Rittenhouse and the militants from patrolling the streets, the lawsuit stated that Kenosha's law enforcement officers offered them water and thanked them for their presence, with one officer saying,"We appreciate you guys, we really do."
Many officers who saw Rittenhouse brandishing his gun through the night did not question or detain him, even after several people yelled out that he had shot people, according to the lawsuit."Instead, Defendants deputized Rittenhouse and other armed individuals, conspired with them, and ratified their actions by allowing them to patrol the streets armed illegally with deadly weapons and shoot and kill innocent citizens," the lawsuit said. headtopics.com
Grosskreutz also alleged that officers' actions during the protests constituted racial discrimination and that they would have acted differently if Rittenhouse was Black."If a Black person had approached police with an assault rifle, offering to patrol the
streets with the police, he most likely would have been shot dead," the lawsuit said."If a Black child had shot three citizens with an assault rifle and was seen walking away from the scene of the shooting with the assault rifle in hand, while other citizens yelled he was an active shooter, he would have been shot dead."
Earlier this year, the family of Anthony Huber, who was fatally shot by Rittenhouse,the Kenosha sheriff and police departments, alleging that their officers' conduct"directly caused" Huber's death. Read more: BuzzFeed »
“Gaige Grosskreutz, 26. He’s a member of the People’s Revolution Movement,” Ngo noted. “He was filmed chasing after the teen w/a pistol. He was shot at close-range in the upper arm. He has a criminal record that includes being intoxicated & armed [with a] gun.”' Omg, he blames the police? Plot twist!!!
How quickly the mob changes from 'defund the police' to suing the police for not doing their job. Ironically, that job includes dealing with rioters so that Rittenhouse doesn't have to. Also, the article doesn't mention that Grosskreutz was the perfidious pistolier. How odd. Sue that’s the only thing caucasians understand