Rittenhouse Given New Bond Terms After Day of Drinking

He can't hang out with white supremacists anymore
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2021 6:19 AM CST
Kyle Rittenhouse's Behavior Gets His Bond Terms Changed
Kyle Rittenhouse poses for a photo at Pudgy's Pub in Mount Pleasant, Wis., on Jan. 5, 2021.   (Courtesy of Kenosha County District Attorney via AP)

Accused Kenosha killer Kyle Rittenhouse saw his bond terms changed on Friday after prosecutors alleged he left his Jan. 5 arraignment and went to a Wisconsin bar with his mom, where he was allegedly seen drinking and flashing white power hand signs, per TMJ4 in Milwaukee. The 18-year-old's updated bond agreement now stipulates that Rittenhouse may not drink alcohol, possess a gun, or knowingly have contact with anyone known to "harm, threaten, harass or menace others on the basis of their race, beliefs on the subject of religion, color, national origin, or gender." According to the motion filed by the Kenosha County DA's office, Rittenhouse was served a beer, flashed the "OK" hand gesture used by white supremacists while taking photos with supporters, and was treated to a rendition of the Proud Boys anthem.

While the legal drinking age is 21, in Wisconsin Rittenhouse could legally drink alcohol because he was with his mother, per the AP. The original $2 million bond did not restrict the teen from drinking. Rittenhouse, who is white, was 17 during the Aug. 25 demonstration in Kenosha, Wisc., where he stands accused of fatally shooting two people who were protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man. Rittenhouse, who is from Illinois, is expected back in Kenosha County Court on March 10. (Read more Kyle Rittenhouse stories.)

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