New video footage has emerged that appears to show accused 17-year-old Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse punching a girl multiple times in the back of the head.
The video, which began circulating across social media platforms on Saturday, comes as debate rages over whether the young “Blue Lives Matter” supporter was justified for shooting and killing two people and wounding a third during unrest in the Wisconsin city on late Tuesday night.
In video that was allegedly captured on July 1 in Kenosha, a boy believed to be Rittenhouse can be seen with a group of teenage boys and girls in a parking lot before two girls begin fighting each other. While one of the boys pulls a girl away, the other boy can be seen throwing his fists at the other girl, punching her repeatedly in the head.
For the record: The recorders of two videos of this fight confirmed for me that the person in the red-white-and-blue trunks is Rittenhouse.
— Reporter Adam Rogan (@could_be_rogan) August 29, 2020
During the altercation, the man filming can be heard mockingly saying “Go, Kyle, go” before they express their shock at him sucker-punching the girl.
The video abruptly ends as those filming from the car state their intention to intervene.
In another video, bystanders can be seen jumping into the fray and attacking the teenager before he flees.
It remains unclear how the fight began, and what role the teenager in the video played prior to the altercation.
The teenager appears to be wearing the same pair of American flag-themed crocs that Rittenhouse wore in a photo he posted to Facebook where he posed with an AR-15 rifle.
In other images uploaded to social media by his mother, Wendy Lewis, Kyle can be seen wearing the same shorts the teenager was wearing in the video clips, as well as the same baseball cap with an American flag patch that he wore around the time of the deadly shooting.
If the boy in the video is confirmed to be Rittenhouse, the video’s emergence adds further background on the teenager who saw fit to arm himself and crossed state lines in a decision that ultimately led to the Tuesday night shooting where Rittenhouse killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26.
Police supporters and prominent figures like Tucker Carlson have sought to depict Rittenhouse as a heroic figure who was acting in self-defense against protesters. Carlson has even gone so far as to rationalize the shooting by asking on his Wednesday night show: “How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?”
However, authorities have accused the teenager of killing two men who were attempting to disarm him and wounding a third after he began firing on protesters Tuesday night. On Wednesday, Rittenhouse was arrested at his home in Antioch, Illinois, on murder charges.
Rittenhouse claims that he went to the Kenosha protest to “protect” private businesses from unrest resulting from the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake last Sunday.
A crowd chases a suspected shooter down in Kenosha. He trips and falls, then turns with the gun and fires several times. Shots can be heard fired elsewhere as well, corroborating reports of multiple shooters tonight #Kenosha #KenoshaRiots pic.twitter.com/qqsYWmngFW
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) August 26, 2020
However, former classmates of Rittenhouse have painted a darker picture of the would-be teen vigilante.
Former classmates of Rittenhouse at Lakes Community High School told VICE News that he was troubled, short-tempered, and thin-skinned, taking easy offense at slights while relishing offending students with left-wing opinions, as he put it.
“Kyle was kind of shy from what I remember, but he was definitely in your face and pushed his views hella,” said one classmate, adding that Rittenhouse hated his Chicago school for being excessively liberal. “Like one of those kids that liked ‘triggering libtards.’”
Some students believed that Rittenhouse would one day become a mass shooter.
“I personally believe he went to Wisconsin with the intent to kill,” said one former classmate who chose to remain anonymous.
The opinion was echoed by multiple students who spoke to VICE and attested to Rittenhouse’s reputation as a lone wolf-style loose cannon who seethed with anger. One student who identified himself only as Joe said:
“[Rittenhouse] went to middle school with my little sister and she said that everyone always thought of him to be a possible future shooter … and so did I when I met him in high school.”
Get Ready for This Week’s Full “Strawberry Moon” – The Last Supermoon of 2021
However, this month will see the year’s last supermoon– with a full “strawberry moon” gracing our night skies in the latter half of this week.
A “supermoon” takes place when a new or full moon is at its closest approach to Earth in its orbit. As a result, the moon will appear to be significantly larger and brighter than the usual full moons taking place throughout the year. Researchers remain split on whether the upcoming June moon is, indeed, a supermoon.
Much of this has to do with the different criteria used by various publications over which full moons actually qualify as supermoons, according to NASA.
“For 2021, some publications consider the four full Moons from March to June, some the three full Moons from April to June, and some only the two full Moons in April and May as supermoons,” said the space agency’s Gordon Johnston.
And while the expectation of a dazzling red- or pink-hued moon would make sense given the June moon’s title as a “strawberry moon,” the moon will be its typical golden hue.
The strawberry moon name instead reflects the time of year when Native American peoples harvested the fruit in parts of North America, notes the Farmer’s Almanac.
The strawberry moon marks the final full moon of spring or the first of the summer season. It has also gone by a number of other names, according to The Farmer’s Almanac. These names include the birth moon, blooming moon, egg laying moon, green corn moon, hoer moon, hatching moon, honey moon and mead moon.
The full moon will be at its brightest on Thursday, June 24, at 2:40 p.m. ET, but won’t be fully visible until later that evening when it ascends past the horizon. The moon will then appear full for roughly three days, from about Wednesday morning through Saturday morning.
The precise time of the moonrise and moonset in your location can be found at timeanddate.com.
And don’t worry if weather conditions won’t allow you to view this rare lunar event – you can also view it live from the comfort of your home using the Virtual Telescope Project’s livestream of the moon over Rome, Italy, which begins on June 24 at 3 p.m. ET.
Police Rescue Dogs Trapped In Car on Sizzling Hot Day, Owners Complain About Broken Window
Police in the UK acted quickly to save a two dogs locked inside a car in sizzling hot temperatures by smashing open a window, upsetting the car’s owner over the damage.
Officers responded Sunday to reports that a beagle and another dog were trapped in a car parked in the seaside British city of Brighton on a day of boiling heat.
In video captured of the incident, an officer can be seen jamming his baton through a rear window before finally shattering it to free the pooches.
This prompts the car alarm to go off as the car’s owners can be seen rushing toward it, upset over the police intervention.
A woman, standing with her shocked family, says: “You broke my window out!”
One of the officer responded: “It’s a hot day. You shouldn’t be leaving the dog in the car in this weather.”
The incident happened on a day when people across the region flock to the seaside resort city to dip into the beaches amid surging hot temperatures.
The onlooker who filmed the incident noted that the owners seemed unaware of the dangers posed to their pets by weather conditions.
“Where they had parked there is just no shade,” they told The Sun. “It’s directly on the seafront in 25°C (77°F) weather outside – I’ve got no idea what it was inside the car.”
The family was indignant over what they claim was an overreaction by the police.
“At first it was ‘what the f*** are you doing, why did you break my car window? I was only gone for 10 minutes,’” another witness explained.
“The bloke obviously thought he was completely in the right,” they added. “He didn’t really seem to have much empathy.”
According to UK animal welfare group RSPCA, outside temperatures of 22°C (71°F) can reach a brutal 47°C (116.6°F) inside a car within an hour.
“Police officers attended and tried to get a contact number for the owners of the car but were unable,” a Sussex Police spokesperson said. “Officers had no choice but to smash the side window to gain access and a kind member of the public donated a bottle of water.”
Authorities added that the officers let the pet owners off with a stern warning, without ticketing the family or separating their dogs from them.
Scientists Prove What Causes Aurora Borealis for the First Time
Since the dawn of time, humans have been mystified by what causes the aurora borealis or northern lights. However, a group of scientists have finally uncovered what causes the dazzling lightshow that has captivated people for so long.
Researchers at the University of Iowa have proven that the shimmering auroras are the result of powerful electromagnetic waves during geomagnetic storms, according to a newly published study.
According to the study, phenomena known as Alfven waves propel electrons toward Earth and cause the particles to produce the brilliant display of northern lights seen in the higher latitudes of our planet,
“Measurements revealed this small population of electrons undergoes ‘resonant acceleration’ by the Alfven wave’s electric field, similar to a surfer catching a wave and being continually accelerated as the surfer moves along with the wave,” Prof. Greg Howes, a co-author of the study, told CNN.
Scientists have long understood that the aurora was the likely result of electrons surfing across the electric field, at least since the theory was introduced in 1946 by Soviet scientist Lev Landau.
However, the University of Iowa professors were able to finally put the theory to the test through a simulation at a lab at the Large Plasma Device (LPD) in the Basic Plasma Science Facility of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Using a 20-meter-long chamber to simulate the magnetic field of the Earth through state-of-the-art magnetic field coils, scientists were able to generate plasma similar to that which exists in spac.
“Using a specially designed antenna, we launched Alfven waves down the machine, much like shaking a garden hose up and down quickly, and watching the wave travel along the hose,” said Howes.
While this didn’t result in the type of auroras we might see in the sky, “our measurements in the laboratory clearly agreed with predictions from computer simulations and mathematical calculations, proving that electrons surfing on Alfven waves can accelerate the electrons (up to speeds of 45 million mph) that cause the aurora,” Howes noted.
Scientists across the country were elated by the results of the experiment.
“I was tremendously excited! It is a very rare thing to see a laboratory experiment that validates a theory or model concerning the space environment,” said Patrick Koehn, a scientist in the Heliophysics Division of NASA.
“Space is simply too big to easily simulate in the lab,” he added.
Researchers are hopeful that a greater understanding will allow forecasters to better understand weather conditions in space.
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