A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled on Wednesday that the father of a man killed by Kyle Rittenhouse during a protest in 2020 can sue Rittenhouse, police officers, and others for wrongful death.
In 2021, the father of Anthony Huber, one of the two men Rittenhouse shot and killed, filed a lawsuit against the police. He said that the officers had let a dangerous situation happen, which violated his son’s constitutional rights and led to his death.
Anthony Huber’s dad, John Huber, also said that Rittenhouse, who was 17 when the shootings happened, worked with police to hurt protesters. John Huber wants the city, its officers, and Rittenhouse to pay him unspecified damages.
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In allowing the case against Rittenhouse and the others to proceed, the judge said that Anthony Huber’s death “could plausibly be regarded as having been proximately caused by the actions of the governmental defendants.”
Shane Martin, an attorney for Rittenhouse, said in a phone interview that it’s important to remember that the ruling doesn’t say anything about the case’s merits. Instead, it just lets it move on to the next phase.
“We respect the judge’s decision, but we don’t think there’s any proof of a plot, and we’re sure that Kyle’s actions that night were not wrong and were done in self-defense, just as a Kenosha jury found,” Martin said.
John Huber’s lawyers and private investigators spent more than 100 hours trying to find Rittenhouse. They looked up addresses in seven states before finding his mother and sister’s home in Florida.
Rittenhouse’s sister got the lawsuit but said he wasn’t at home. Adelman thought that was enough to count as being served.
Rittenhouse had argued that the case against him should be dismissed because he wasn’t properly served with the lawsuit. Adelman dismissed that, saying that Rittenhouse “is almost certainly evading service.”
Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.