Kenosha gunman, Kyle Rittenhouse Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
The Trump administration directed federal law enforcement officials to note that Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teen charged with killing two protesters in Kenosha, Wis., sought “to help defend small business owners,” according to a leaked memo obtained by NBC News.
The internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) talking points reportedly instructed law enforcement officials to make comments “sympathetic” to Rittenhouse, who was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, reckless endangerment and illegal possession of a dangerous weapon.
The leaked DHS talking points urged officials to make public comments noting that Rittenhouse “took his rifle to the scene of the rioting to help defend small business owners.”
“Kyle was seen being chased and attacked by rioters before allegedly shooting three of them, killing two,” the memo said. “Subsequent video has emerged reportedly showing that there were ‘multiple