A judge has modified Kyle Rittenhouse’s bond requirements barring the teen from consuming alcohol and from being around any hate groups after he was seen posing with members of the Proud Boys.
Rittenhouse, 18, formerly of Antioch, was arrested for shooting and killing two people and injuring a third person during civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer.
He was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18.
Rittenhouse was released from the Kenosha County Jail on November 20 after posting a $2 million cash bond.
Prosecutors say that the teen spent almost two hours at Pudgy’s Pub in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin with his mother and several others after he pleaded not guilty to all of his charges on January 5.
Police received a report Rittenhouse was at the bar and officers responded and collected security footage, which was forwarded to prosecutors.
Wisconsin law allows people who are underage to consume alcohol if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion on January 13 to restrict Rittenhouse from possessing or consuming alcohol at a bar or restaurant, displaying white power signs, and fraternizing with known members of white supremacy groups.
Prosecutors were also seeking for the court to prohibit Rittenhouse from displaying symbols and gestures associated with white supremacy groups.
On Friday, a judge granted prosecutors’ request and modified Rittenhouse’s bond conditions. The teen will not be allowed to possess or consume alcoholic beverages.
He will also not be allowed to have contact with “any person or group of persons 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,” court records show.
Surveillance photos published inside the court document show Rittenhouse posing for photos with several men at the Mount Pleasant bar.
“In these photographs, the defendant and the other adult males flashed the ‘OK’ sign, which has been co-opted as a sign of ‘white power’ by known white supremacist groups,” according to the motion filed by prosecutors.
“Within a few minutes of entering the bar, the defendant was loudly serenaded by five of the adult males in his group with the song ‘Proud of Your Boy,’ which is an obscure song written for the 1992 Disney film ‘Aladdin.’ The violent white supremacist group called the Proud Boys was named after this song, which is sung by its members as an anthem and for self-identification,” prosecutors added.
Mark Richards, who is representing Rittenhouse, filed a response to the state’s bond motion and said that his client does not object to a bond condition prohibiting him from possessing or consuming alcohol.
Richards also said that Rittenhouse is “not currently and has not ever been a member of any of the organizations the State lists in its motion.”
Richards said that prosecutors who have searched Rittenhouse’s social media have not found any information linking Rittenhouse to the white supremacy groups.
“The known complainants in this matter are all Caucasian males. The State’s bond motion is a not-so-thinly veiled attempt to interject the issue of race into a case that is about a person’s right to self-defense,” Richards said.
Rittenhouse’s lawyer added that he did not have any objections to the bond modification prohibiting Rittenhouse from having contact with any known hate groups or their members.
A final pre-trial hearing is scheduled to take place on March 10 and jury selection will take place on March 29.