Lawsuit filed against Kyle Rittenhouse, Facebook and militia groups

A federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed against Kyle Rittenhouse, Facebook and several militia groups following the shooting deaths of protesters in Kenosha.

KENOSHA, Wis. — A federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed against Kyle Rittenhouse, Facebook and several militia groups following the shooting deaths of protesters in Kenosha.

Rittenhouse is the teenager accused of shooting and killing two protesters and injuring another during protests demanding justice for Jacob Blake.

The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, Sept. 22, alleges the defendants “promoted attendance, violence, and imagery designed to threaten, intimidate, and harass.” The filing includes several screenshots from social media from the various defendants.

CBS58 in Milwaukee reports the plaintiffs are identified as Hannah Gittings, the life partner of Anthony Huber, who was shot and killed on August 25, a Kenosha native allegedly harassed by militia members, a Milwaukee native who was allegedly threatened by militia members, and a Kenosha resident who witnessed one of the fatal shootings on August 25. Rittenhouse is accused of shooting and killing Huber and the other victim, 38-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum.

The lawsuit seeks damages for all of the plaintiffs as well as injunctions preventing Facebook from “violating its own policies aimed to prevent violent rhetoric, militia groups and other hate groups from congregating and interacting on its site.’ The filing includes several screenshots from social media from the various defendants.

You can read the entire filing here.