A defense attorney for a member of the Proud Boys defended his client’s actions during the January 6 riots on the U.S. Capitol by comparing them to Kyle Rittenhouse’s decision to arm himself.
A lawsuit – filed the same day Rittenhouse was acquitted – claims Zachary Rehl traveled to Washington DC before the Capitol riots to “defend vulnerable protesters from violent attacks by ANTIFA, much like what Kyle Rittenhouse did ”.
Rittenhouse was found not guilty of homicide on Friday after shooting two men and injuring another with an AR-15 type rifle on August 25, 2020 on the third night of protests against police violence in Kenosha, Wis. . Protests escalated in the town after a white officer from the Kenosha Police Department shot dead Jacob Blake, a black man, leaving him paralyzed.
Mr. Rehl, head of a Proud Boys branch in Philadelphia, is charged with conspiracy, obstructing formal process, destruction of government property, access to restricted territory and disorderly conduct for allegedly participating on the attack on Congress fueled by the baseless narrative that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. He pleaded not guilty.
Defense attorney Jonathon Moseley claimed the Proud Boys “primarily came” to Washington DC on January 6 “to patrol the crowd perimeter and areas where crowds were gathered to defend vulnerable protesters from violent attacks from ANTIFA, much like what Kyle Rittenhouse did. in [Kenosha], Wisconsin, ”according to the petition filed Friday.
Movement – first reported by NBC4 – claims members of Proud Boys were in Washington to “make sure that the defenseless Trump supporters in the DC gun-free zone don’t get blown up and stabbed by the rioters who had been rampaging throughout the country. long of 2020 ”.
Mr Rehl and other Proud Boys defendants have been accused of organizing and fundraising for an attack on the Capitol, of using encrypted platforms and portable radios to coordinate their assault, and then of storming the halls of Congress.
Nearly 700 people have been charged in federal cases arising from the attack on the Capitol.
On December 30, 2020, Mr Rehl reportedly published a fundraising campaign to raise money called “travel expenses for upcoming Patriotic events,” according to an indictment.
The FBI said the campaign had raised $ 5,500 as of Jan.4, and Mr. Rehl was among 60 people using an encrypted messaging platform to arrange their trip to Washington.
“I’m fucking proud [for] which we accomplished yesterday, but we need to start planning for a Biden presidency, ”Rehl said on an encrypted chat channel with other members on Jan. 7, according to court documents.
Mr Rittenhouse was acquitted of all five charges against him after his lawyers argued he used his gun in self-defense because he feared for his life.
In January of this year, the teenager was photographed with suspected members of the Proud Boys inside a Wisconsin bar while wearing a “Free as F ***” t-shirt.
The independent asked Mr. Rehl’s lawyer for comments.
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