(The Center Square) – The parents of one of the two men shot and killed by Kyle Rittenhouse during three nights of rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year vowed to continue their fight for justice for their slain son.
A jury found Rittenhouse not guilty Friday of all five charges in the case including first degree intentional homicide in the death of Anthony Huber.
"There was no justice today for Anthony, or for Mr. Rittenhouse's other victims, Joseph Rosenbaum and Gaige Grosskreutz," Karen Bloom and John Huber said in the statement.
"Today's verdict means there is no accountability for the person who murdered our son," they said. "It sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street."
The shootings occurred August 25, 2020, during Kenosha’s final night of violence in the wake of a police shooting of Jacob Blake, who is Black. A Kenosha police officer shot and wounded Blake on Aug. 23, 2020. Police were trying to arrest Blake that day for violating an order of protection. He was at his ex-girlfriend’s home. She had accused Blake of sexual assault not long before.
Rioting broke out in Kenosha in the nights after the police shooting.
Rittenhouse took the stand last week and said he fired only because he feared for his life. Video from the scene showed Rosenbaum chasing Rittenhouse through a parking lot and throwing a plastic bag at him. Shortly after the Rosenbaum shooting, video showed Rittenhouse running and tripping. Huber lunged at Rittenhouse and swung a skateboard at his head. Grosskreutz admitted on the stand that he pointed his handgun at Rittenhouse before Rittenhouse shot and injured Grosskreutz.
"Neither Mr. Rittenhouse nor the Kenosha police who authorized his bloody campaign will escape justice," the parents said. "Anthony will have his day in court."
Bloom and John Huber did not attend the trial because they said they "could not bear to sit in a courtroom and repeatedly watch videos of our sons murder..."
Kenosha police have denied they authorized armed civilians in Kenosha to help during the riots.
"We are so proud of Anthony, and we love him so much," the parents said. "He is a hero who sacrificed his own life to protect other innocent civilians. We ask that you remember Anthony and keep him in your prayers."
(The Center Square) – Wisconsin’s largest business group says almost every employer in the state expects to see some workers quit if they are forced to get the coronavirus vaccine.
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce said a new survey of employers shows that nearly 90% of businesses expect to lose workers if President Joe Biden’s private sector COVID-19 vaccine mandate is put into effect.
“If enacted, most employers would not be able to comply with the rigorous requirements and, to make matters worse, workers would end up walking off the job,” WMC’s Kurt Bauer said. “For Wisconsin businesses, not only is this mandate unlawful, it is unworkable.”
Bauer said WMC asked 100 businesses across the state about the president’s proposed mandate, and 88 of them said it would cost them workers.
Drexel Building Supply in New Berlin is one of the 100.
Drexel President Joel Fleischmann said workers would find a way to avoid having to get a shot that they don’t want.
“A significant number of Drexel Building Supply team members will either quit and go to an employer with fewer than 100 employees or will simply retire,” Fleischmann said.
Bauer said businesses in Wisconsin worry about more than just losing workers.
WMC’s survey states that 88% of businesses said there would be disruptions to their operations and 84% said a lack of testing supplies for the required weekly tests would make it nearly impossible to test all non-vaccinated employees.
“Wisconsin’s workforce shortage continues to be compounded by President Biden’s policies,” Bauer added.
States, businesses and other groups filed 34 lawsuits against the Biden administration's mandate that private sector businesses with 100 or more employees require workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or face weekly testing. The policy also would impose nearly $14,000 in fines per employee if businesses are caught letting their workers skirt the directive.
Ruling on one of the lawsuits, a federal appeals court last week ordered the Biden administration to halt its implementation until further notice, citing "grave" constitutional concerns.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday it is temporarily suspending enforcement of the private sector COVID-19 vaccine mandate as the cases work their way through the court system.