Released body-cam footage shows freelancer directed by NBC to follow van full of jurors from Rittenhouse trial

KENOSHA, WI- According to several reports, video released by the Kenosha Police Department (KPD) shows the moments during a traffic stop in which a man who identified himself as a “producer” for NBC is accused a running a red light while following a van carrying jurors from the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.

Fox News reported that the encounter was between police and NBC freelancer James Morrison and the video, which was taken on the night of November 17th, during jury deliberations, showed police questioning Morrison as to why he was following the van. 

The video also shows police reprimanding booking producer Irene Boyer over the phone for instructing Morrison to do so. In the video, an officer is heard asking Morrison, “So, were you following a vehicle?” To which Morrison responded by saying:

“Just do what they told me to do.”

The officer asked, “New York told you to follow a vehicle?” Morrison stated, “Yes.” The officer then asked if it was his “offices in New York” telling him to do so, to which Morrison said, “That’s right.” The officer asked:

“How did they know about this vehicle?”

Morrison said, “I don’t know.” Morrison then claimed he was intending to be “discreet” and wasn’t even really trying to talk to anybody. He said:

“Just trying to find a location, that’s all.”

The officer then asked for the information of the person who allegedly told Morrison to follow the van full of jurors. Morrison proceeded to call Byon and put her on the phone to talk with the police officer. The officer asked Byon why she had a “producer” following vehicles.

The officer did not mention that the van had the trial’s jurors in it, but Byon did say that NBC wasn’t trying to get in touch with “any of the jury members.” Byon can be heard saying:

“Hi officer, my name is Irene, I’m a booking producer with NBC News. We were just trying to respectfully, just trying to see if it’s possible to find any leads about the case.

And so we were just keeping our distance, just to see where people involved in the trial are positioned. By no means were we trying to get in contact with any of the jury members or whoever is in the car. We just were trying to see where key players in the trial may be at.”

The officer responded by asking:

“You advised him to follow any vehicle? Did you know which vehicle he was following?”

Before her audio started to fade in and out, Byon can be heard saying:

“We just had our people positioned in different areas of the courthouse to see if anyone would be able to…”

Then the officer cut in by saying:

“Well, we’re going to ask you guys to not do that. All right? That’s a concern here. This is huge. We can’t afford anything crazy happening, putting people in dangerous positions. This individual violated some traffic laws here doing this. So, we’re going to ask you guys to refrain from doing that.”

In the police report, the officer wrote:

“I was advised by Lt. Dillhoff to cite James for violating a red traffic signal and to have him pictured and printed due to him not being from the area. James was taken into custody without incident. James was searched and placed in the rear transport compartment of my squad and transported to the jail.

After being pictured and printed, James was transported back to his vehicle that was left parked in the parking lot.”

Reportedly, both apologized to the officer and Morrison was later released after receiving a traffic citation. Following the incident, an NBC spokesperson provided a statement to Fox News:

“Last night, a freelancer received a traffic citation. While the traffic violation took place near the jury van, the freelancer never contacted or intended to contact the jurors during deliberations and never photographed or intended to photograph them. We regret the incident and will fully cooperate with the authorities on any investigation.”

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MSNBC host: Rittenhouse verdict means white supporters of BLM can be shot by ‘white nationalist’ gunmen

November 26th, 2021

NEW YORK CITY, NY – As talking heads continue to pontificate on the results of the Rittenhouse trial, one MSNBC host has asserted that the verdict means that white Americans who support Black Lives Matter are fair game for “white nationalist” gunmen.

MSNBC’s political contributor Jason Johnson spouted this opinion while guest hosting for the network’s “The ReidOut” on Friday, November 19, the day the not-guilty verdict was delivered.

Now would be a good time to recall that this is the same MSNBC that was banned from the courtroom of the Rittenhouse trial after an employee was caught following the blacked-out bus transporting the jurors to an undisclosed location. 

 

Johnson criticized Rittenhouse and the not guilty verdict in his introduction, and he alluded to the lie that the teen crossed state lines with a weapon, saying:

“We begin The ReidOut tonight with yet another judicial gut-punch.

“18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, a militiamen wannabe, who crossed state lines and killed two human beings at a Black Lives Matter rally, was found not guilty on all five counts.”

Johnson also asserted that the jury’s verdict was a sign of “white nationalist terror,” stating:

“Kyle Rittenhouse killed two white men protesting on behalf of black lives and got away with it. 

“As a single most important thing to understand about today’s ruling, by allowing him to go free and potentially commit other crimes, this jury sent the final and loudest warning to white America about the dangerous rise of white nationalist terror in this country, one I suspect will be ignored by leaders, politicians, and the press.”

Johnson continued by suggesting that Rosenbaum and Huber were killed because they were considered “race traitors,” due to their “protest[ing],” and he also painted Rittenhouse’s attackers as some sort of principled demonstrators against white supremacy.

He said:

“Kyle Rittenhouse killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and faced no consequences because those men were race traitors: white men who had the audacity to protest that police shot Jacob Blake, a black man, in the back seven times in his own car.

“They stood against the core conceit of white supremacy, that straight white men have dominion over everything, especially black bodies.”

Johnson continued by referring to “white terrorism” and by assuming the increased potential for white-on-white attacks as a result of the verdict:

 “The Rittenhouse ruling isn’t so much a warning to black America.  Black folks have known the impact of white terrorism since we were first told we were technically free-ish. 

“It’s a warning to every white suburbanite with a Black Lives Matter poster in their window, every white church youth leader chanting about George Floyd in front of the local Walmart, every white dad from Lorain, Ohio to Lubbock Texas who dares have a BLM sticker on their car. 

“Those people now know that they too can be shot by a white 17-year-old with an AR-15 if he feels threatened by their desire to see America live up to its potential. 

“Too many Americans think they have the complexion for protection with the same forces behind Charlottesville and the insurrection, but Kyle Rittenhouse and Judge Schroeder have blown a hole in that belief.”

He concluded:

“Only time will tell if enough Americans heed the warning shot that was just fired off.”

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It’s far from over: Denver attorney who represents criminal shot while pointing gun at Rittenhouse files civil lawsuit

Originally published November 20, 2021

DENVER, CO- On Friday, November 19th, a jury found 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts, however, there is still more legal action ahead. 

According to reports, Denver attorney Milo Schwab, who represents two of the individuals who were shot by Rittenhouse, plans to file civil action. In an interview before testimony in the criminal trial began, Schwab said:

“A criminal case and civil case are different, but we are reaching for larger questions.”

Schwab’s clients are the family of Joseph Rosenbaum, one of the men who died and Gaige Grosskreutz who was wounded by Rittenhouse during the shooting.

Reportedly, Schwab has already filed a lawsuit against Kenosha authorities and its police department. Schwab plans to raise questions like:

“How did the police respond? Were the police too cozy with vigilantes walking the streets enforcing their own justice?”

Although acquitted from criminal charges, Rittenhouse can still face civil action. Rittenhouse can also file defamation lawsuits himself. Mark Richards, Rittenhouse’s criminal trial attorney, said in a statement:

“He has to get on with his life as best as he can. I think eventually some anonymity will come back to it.”

Schwab, on the other hand, does not agree. He said what took place on the streets of Kenosha may be seen as part of a much larger picture, adding:

“Whether that’s the type of society we want where white nationalists show up to protest Black Lives Matter movements or movements for racial justice with AR-15s.”

He stated:

“It’s going to raise questions if self-appointed militias can roam the streets doling out justice as they see.”

Following the not guilty verdict, Schwab and co-counsel Kimberely Motley issued the following statement:

“Today we grieve for the families of those slain by Kyle Rittenhouse. Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum did not deserve to die that night. For now, we ask for peace from everyone hurting and that the public respect the privacy of the victims and their families.”

The statement added:

“That night in Kenosha, Gaige Grosskreutz, Anthony Huber, and many others acted heroically. They did not seek violence, but to end violence. What we need right now is justice, not more violence. While today’s verdict may mean justice delayed, it will not mean justice denied. We are committed to uncovering the truth of that night and holding those responsible to account.”

Rittenhouse faced five charges: first-degree reckless homicide for killing Rosenbaum; first-degree intentional homicide for killing Huber; and attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting for Grosskreutz. 

He also faced two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment for shooting twice at an unidentified man and in the direction of Richard McGinniss, a videographer who was in the line of fire when Rittenhouse shot at Rosenbaum.

Rittenhouse has been acquitted of all charges and cannot be tried again due to the Constitution protecting against double jeopardy.

Rittenhouse’s family has hinted at possible defamation lawsuits related to how public figures and media organizations characterized his actions and motivations during the shootings. As of this writing, they have not taken any formal legal action.

According to reports, if Rittenhouse were taken to civil trial for wrongful death, the teen could claim self-defense, as he did during the criminal case. He has said that he went to Kenosha to protect property from rioters, but that he came under attack and feared for his life when he shot three people, two of them fatally.

However, legal experts state that the burden of proof civil plaintiffs need to make, by a preponderance of evidence rather than beyond a reasonable doubt, is much lower that what Kenosha prosecutors faced during the criminal trial.

The father of Huber has filed a federal civil lawsuit, but not against Rittenhouse. It names the city and county of Kenosha, the sheriff, the acting and former police chiefs, and unnamed officers and deputies. The lawsuit allegedly accused them of racial animus in allowing dozens of armed whites to remain among protesters, leading to conditions that resulted in Huber’s death.

Four other protesters have sued the city and county of Kenosha. Those suits allege the curfews were selectively enforced against protesters, while officers ignored, or even encouraged, armed men like Ritten house. 

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Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. 

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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