I’m not mentioning the name of the person who killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber. He needs to be locked up and his name should be “inmate.” For this post, he is “the killer.”
This case is going to be important, as the actions of the killer are being taken by many as inspiration—or even license—to murder BLM members, protesters, and anyone who disagrees with Tяump.
There are already many who are crying “self-defense!” but there is no self-defense case here. The defense will definitely try to argue points such as the defendant’s age relative to gun ownership, whether he already had the gun or not when he crossed state lines, and whether or not he perceived an ongoing threat after a plastic bag was thrown at him and the person who threw it was fleeing when shot. Each of these arguments has within it the potential to cast reasonable doubt upon the charges, but they will be brought up to obscure the underlying truths: The killer had the motive to kill (intense hatred for anyone who goes against police), he had the means, and he had the opportunity in the form of first a plastic bag, and then people trying to disarm him.
The killer’s background hurts any defense that he was a good citizen who went to Kenosha to “protect property.” In addition to his far-right views he’s posted on social media, days before he murdered two men, he and a friend (likely the same friend, Dominic, whom he called seconds after shooting his first victim) brutally assaulted a teenage girl.
Is the killer a product of horrible parenting? Probably. Was he in over his head? Definitely. But you know what? Tough shit. He went to Kenosha with a weapon of war—a weapon designed to kill human beings quickly and efficiently. He went with his rage issues. He went to confront people who were protesting police violence as an advocate of those police. He made premeditated choice after premeditated choice, and when that split decision came whether to kill or not, he chose to kill. It was murder, without a reasonable doubt.
When anyone speaks up for this murderer, every bit of truth offered to counter that defense will help to keep people like this killer from emulating him.