The Federal Bureau of Investigation admitting to losing a high-definition aerial video capturing the events of a shooting involving Kyle Rittenhouse and Joseph Rosenbaum during the second day of trial proceedings on Wednesday.
A less clearer version of the footage reveals Rittenhouse fleeing from a mob of left-wing rioters, with one man firing a 9mm pistol in his direction before he’s assailed by Joseph Rosenbaum. Rosenbaum was shot and killed after an altercation with Rittenhouse in which he reached for the Rittenhouse’s rifle.
According to Jack Posobiec of Human Events, who published the standard-definition aerial footage on Tuesday, the FBI admitted to having possession of clearer footage of the events in downtown Kenosha on August 25th, 2020.
When further pressed by Mr. Rittenhouse’s defense team for access to the footage- which could amount to a major piece of evidence in the trial- an FBI representative rebuffed the request. An FBI representative is said to have revealed that the high-def footage no longer exists, raising serious questions about the custody of video evidence in the case.
Mark Richards, one of Rittenhouse’s defense lawyers, is said to have described the FBI’s misconduct regarding evidence in a homicide trial as “preposterous.” The defense of Rittenhouse never had access to the evidence, which could ultimately make or break charges that could place Mr. Rittenhouse in prison for the rest of his life.
Judge Bruce Schroeder ended discussion over the FBI high-def footage, informing the state and the defense the matter of the footage would be discussed later and directing proceedings to legal arguments over the standard footage.