The attorney of Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois teen charged with killing two people during a protest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, is thanking Silver Spoons actor Ricky Schroder for his support.
Atlanta-based attorney Lin Wood tweeted a Friday photo featuring the teen, Schroder and Rittenhouse lawyer John Pierce. “Free at last!!” wrote Wood.
Hours earlier, Wood tweeted that Rittenhouse was released from jail in Kenosha County, Wis. after posting a $2 million bail, and called out Schroder and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell “for putting us over the top.” Lindell, made famous with his enthusiastic infomercials, is a supporter of President Trump.
“Ricky donated a low six figure amount to the #FightBack Foundation, which along with Mike Lindell’s generous contribution helped put the foundation over the top to cover the $2M bail amount,” Pierce tells Yahoo Entertainment. The non-profit foundation, of which Wood is CEO, is “prepared to confront those who seek to take away the right of self-defense. We #FightBack for the constitution,” reads its website.
Rittenhouse, 17, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide for the deaths of two men who participated in an Aug. 25 protest over the police shooting of a 29-year-old Black man in Kenosha named Jacob Blake.
FREE AT LAST!!!
From L to R:
Attorney John Pierce @CaliKidJMP
THE KYLE RITTENHOUSE
Actor Ricky Schroder @rickyschroder13
Thank you, All Donors.
Thank you, All Patriots.
Thank God Almighty.#FightBack pic.twitter.com/37Ly66itT8
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) November 21, 2020
KYLE RITTENHOUSE IS OUT OF JAIL.
God bless ALL who donated to help #FightBack raise required $2M cash bail.
Special thanks to Actor Ricky Schroder @rickyshroder1 & Mike Lindell @realMikeLindell for putting us over the top.
Kyle is SAFE.
Thanks to ALL who helped this boy.
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) November 20, 2020
According to the New York Times, police had a warrant for Blake’s arrest on third-degree sexual assault and other charges, filed by a woman who called authorities the night of Aug. 23, claiming Blake was at her home. (Blake’s attorney Ben Crump said he was trying to deescalate a “disturbance” between two women). State officials reportedly said that Blake had resisted arrest before he was shot. According to Blake’s family, the father of six, who was shot seven times in the back by a white officer, was left paralyzed from his injuries. The U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil rights investigation and three officers from the Kenosha Police Department were placed on leave.
Following a summer of racial unrest, protests broke out in Kenosha and around the country. According to the Associated Press, Rittenhouse claimed he was protecting a place of business when he was attacked.
“I feel I had to protect myself,” Rittenhouse told the Washington Post in November. “I would have died that night if I didn’t.”
On Aug. 26, Rittenhouse was arrested and confined in Kenosha County, with Friday marking his release. “Kyle is free, he is totally innocent, and it’s about time,” Pierce said, per the Washington Post. “He is totally innocent, and we are going to prove it.”
A representative of Schroder did not immediately return Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment. The actor, who appeared on the television sitcom from 1982 to 1987, played a child who moved in with his estranged and wealthy father. In adulthood, he’s played roles on Scrubs, NYPD Blue and Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.
With 29,000 Twitter followers, Schroder’s only tweet, sent Friday, reveals that he had “moved to Parler,” a two-year-old social media app that encourages free speech. Reportedly launched by two conservatives, it’s become a preferred platform for users such as Ivanka Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and Megyn Kelly. However, experts told ABC News that the unchecked nature of the app could encourage the spread of hate and false information.
Last year, Schroder, 50, was arrested for domestic violence for the second time, reported CNN, after an altercation with a woman at his Los Angeles home.
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