Anthony Huber died tragically earlier this week when he attacked Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Huber thought that he was attacking a murderer and was trying to stop him from murdering more people, but it turned out that Rittenhouse was defending himself when he shot convicted sex offender Joseph Rosenbaum just a couple minutes earlier. This is an example of what can go wrong when people spread bad information in sudden and emotionally charged situations.
Huber was protesting police brutality in Kenosha when he heard gunshots, spotted a man with a rifle running down the street, and heard people say that the rifleman had just shot someone. People were yelling "get him" and running down the street like they were trying to stop a criminal. Huber had no way of knowing that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense when he shot Rosenbaum. Huber was not present at the car dealership where Rosenbaum attacked Rittenhouse, so he had no way of knowing what really happened. Huber clearly thought that Rittenhouse was a danger that needed to be disarmed and tried his best to do what he thought was right. His death is a tragedy that never should have happened.
We have been defending Rittenhouse on self defense grounds and a lot of people have taken offense to that (https://copblaster.com/blast/25933/criminal-complaint-against-kyle-rittenhouse-describes-self-defense). One of the reasons people are offended by anyone defending Rittenhouse is that they feel it shows a complete lack of respect for the alleged victims and their families. That feeling in amplified when people point out that Rosenbaum was a convicted sex offender that received write ups in prison for throwing substances at guards that were most likely feces or urine (https://copblaster.com/blast/25931/so-called-kenosha-victim-joseph-rosenbaum-was-a-sex-offender). We have no respect for sex offenders and people that play with their poop or pee like Rosenbaum. We do not feel the same way about Huber. We have the utmost respect for Huber and his family because we believe that his heart was in the right place. We believe that had Rittenhouse really been what Huber thought he was that he would be a hero and arguably he just might be a hero because he thought he was doing the right thing. He did not have time to go back to the car dealership, ask what really happened, or review video to see if he had the right to incapacitate Rittenhouse.
Unfortunately, Huber assumed the risk associated with taking on an armed man based on unverified information. That information turned out to be incorrect and because Rittenhouse exercised his right to defend his person from bodily harm Huber is dead. It is that simple. People really want to think that Huber died a hero and we think they can do that without crucifying Rittenhouse. They just need to focus on what was in Huber's heart when he died.