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Teen cried, vomited and worried about social media as he told cops, 'I shot 2 white kids'

By Stacy St. Clair and Christy Gutowski, Chicago Tribune on

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Armed with an assault rifle, Rittenhouse walked up and down the downtown streets with little pushback from local police. At one point, officers in an armored vehicle tossed bottles of water to Rittenhouse and other armed civilians. Though the people were clearly violating the city's 8 p.m. curfew and Rittenhouse was too young to openly carry a firearm in Wisconsin, the officer expressed his gratitude for the group.

"We appreciate you guys," the officer said. "We really do."

In an interview with the Daily Caller that night, Rittenhouse refers to his presence as his "job" and explains his self-appointed responsibilities in policelike vernacular.

"People are getting injured and our job is to protect this business," Rittenhouse says in the 19-second clip. "And part of my job also is to protect people. If someone is hurt, I'm running into harm's way. That's why I have my rifle; I've gotta protect myself obviously."


With his mother present in the interview room, Kenosha detectives questioned Rittenhouse in Antioch for roughly four hours, stopping once for a coffee break and a second time because the teen had trouble breathing, according to police reports.

Antioch police took him into custody around 8 a.m. on a fugitive warrant and took him to a juvenile detention center in Lake County. He remained there until his extradition back to Wisconsin Friday afternoon.

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