One of the central figures in the shootings of August 25, 2020, in Kenosha, WI, was the guy the prosecution called “Jump Kick Man.” As Rittenhouse lies flat on his back on the street, “Jump Kick Man” races up and, well, lands a jump kick on Rittenhouse’s head. You can see him in the right foreground wearing white trousers as this video starts.
Rittenhouse fires at least one shot at that assailant. However, that attack ensured that Lefty Grosskreutz could catch up with Rittenhouse, menace him with a loaded weapon he illegally possessed, and get shot. Shooting at Drop Kick Man is Count #3, Reckless Endangerment, in Rittenhouse’s indictment.
This man was known only as “Drop Kick Man,” and the prosecution left the impression he had not been identified throughout the trial.
Pardon my shocked face as I report to you that not only is the identity of “Drop Kick Man” known, it was known before the trial ended (in reality, they almost certainly knew before it started), he offered to testify for the prosecution, and they turned down his offer, and they never shared that information with the defense.
A career criminal and convicted felon with an open domestic violence charge has claimed to be the unidentified male at whom Kyle Rittenhouse shot twice at close range but missed, on the night of August 25, 2020.
Rittenhouse has been charged with First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety of the man known in trial only as ‘jump-kick man,’ for the flying kick he took at the teenager’s head as Rittenhouse was attacked minutes after he shot Joseph Rosenbaum dead.
Now Maurice Freeland, 39, has admitted that he was the one who kicked Rittenhouse in the head and narrowly avoided being shot as a result, after the then 17-year-old stumbled to the ground as he attempted to flee.
Now it has emerged that the same is true of ‘jump-kick man’ who was on bond that night for an alleged assault on his girlfriend that included kicking her in the ribcage having thrown her to the floor.
Freeland made his claim to being the ‘unidentified complainant,’ in the second of the five counts over which the jury is currently deliberating, to local news website Wisconsin Right Now.
WISN 1130 talk radio host Dan O’Donnell broke the story that prosecutors had identified the man Tuesday, but did not name him.
It is not known when the state learned Freeland’s identity, but it has been confirmed that he had wanted immunity before he would testify, and that Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger would not grant it.
Not only was he known to the prosecution, the number two prosecutor on the case, James “Doughnut Boy” Kraus, had prosecuted him at least twice, and his last conviction was before this current judge.
Good Lorty! Kraus was prosecutor on Freeland case in 2016. Kraus & Binger boss, Deputy DA Carli McNeill is prosecutor in current cases v Freeland and DA Gravely was prosecutor in cases v Freeland 2018/2019.
Kraus involved case was Domestic abuse, repeat offender: 2016CM000282 pic.twitter.com/ypOZttTYGI
— ANNIE (@ds_abp) November 18, 2021
I’m not saying that knowing his identity would have been a game-changer in the trial, but it would have been evident that every shot fired by Rittenhouse that night was aimed at a convicted felon who was attacking him. One has to think that would have made a difference.
Suppressing the real name of “Drop Kick Man” simply makes the persecution of Kyle Rittenhouse more consistent.
All of his assailants were felons. There was the psycho child rapist, the domestic abuser, the perennial DUI, an illegal firearm possessor, and a felon out on bond.
The prosecution kept up its record of acting unethically and immorally. The lackwit “first chair” on the case, Binger, engaged in a grave constitutional violation, the judge’s words, not mine, when he tried to get the jury to infer guilt from Rittenhouse’s pre-trial silence. He lied relentlessly. He barely knew his ass from a hot rock. He hid evidence from the defense (Rittenhouse Trial Delves Into if Clearer Video Was Withheld From Defense). In a way, we need to be thankful for the jiggling lump of gelatinous failure that was Doughnut Boy, his number two for the comic relief.
The judge talked a big game, but when it came time to actually make decisions that needed to be made, he became just another clown in the circus, letting the prosecution do whatever the hell it wanted to do despite his play-to-the-camera scoldings.
"Jump kick man" identified? And did the prosecution KNOW WELL who he was , but fail to turn over the thug's name to the defense until the end of the trial? If so, disbar these lawyers. https://t.co/ovjwpUieOj @wisconsin_now
— Vicki McKenna (@VickiMcKenna) November 17, 2021