Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted by a jury of his peers for the August 25, 2020 self-defense shooting death of two men, and the non-fatal shooting of a third man, Gaige Grosskreutz. Like the other two men, Grosskreutz is a career violent criminal. About a week before Rittenhouse’s criminal trial, Grosskreutz filed a federal lawsuit in the Eastern District of Wisconsin against The City of Kenosha, Kenosha County, former Sheriff Beth, former police chiefs, Daniel Miskinis and Eric Larson, and John & Jane Doe police officers 1-100. Notably missing from the list of defendants was Rittenhouse himself. The lawsuit was filed by far-left activist attorney Kimberly Motley. Motley herself, is currently defending against a federal lawsuit that alleges she committed conspiracy, tortious interference with parental rights, assault, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and false imprisonment. This suit is brought by an Afghan couple that accused Motley of helping a U.S. Marine abduct their infant relative.
Motley was present at Rittenhouse’s trial the day her client, Grosskreutz, admitted that Rittenhouse didn’t shoot him until Grosskreutz pointed his handgun at Rittenhouse. This likely made any civil suit from the career criminal nearly impossible. Most thought that was what happened. Most of us thought Grosskreutz and his lawyer abandoned the idea of a lawsuit. Almost 500 days later, the federal judge assigned to the case, Lynn Adelman, noticed the lawsuit had never been served on the defendants. He issued an order on February 1, 2023 saying that he would be dismissing the lawsuit if Motley didn’t have the documents served before February 22, 2023. Motley filed an amended federal lawsuit and added Rittenhouse last Tuesday, February 14, 2023. She is now scrambling to have all of the defendants served. All will be easy to serve, with the exception of Rittenhouse. Motley can ask for more time, but a reasonable judge would deny the motion.
According to the lawsuit, that reads more like political hyperbole, “Kyle Rittenhouse crossed into Wisconsin from Illinois, carrying an assault rifle on the streets of Kenosha, in open violation of the law.” The lawsuit also falsely asserts that police deputized Rittenhouse and other armed citizens. The lawsuit claims that Rittenhouse brought with him to kenosha a “band of white nationalist vigilantes.” Motley also claims that Rittenhouse“fired his assault rifle indiscriminately multiple times at citizens on the street.” It seems that Motley is hoping that no one watched Rittenhouse’s trial. This allegation is obviously false. Motley also wrote that “Grosskreutz tried to end Defendant Rittenhouse’s homicidal rampage.” Finally she alleged that myself, Rittenhouse, and at least nine law enforcement agencies conspired to deprive Grosskreutz of his constitutional rights.
Here is a reminder of Grosskreutz’s criminal history:
Gaige Paul Grosskreutz ‐ Criminal History (Click here to read entire history)
|#||Date||Police Agency||Nature as Indicated in Police Reports|
|1||11/17/2010||West Allis Police||Simple Assault/Domestic Violence|
|Alleged to Have Slapped Grandmother and Smashed Lamp|
|2||5/27/2012||New Berlin Police||Burglary of Home/Criminal Trespass to Dwelling/Disorderly Conduct|
|Alleged to Have Entered Home and Stole Video Game Equipment and Broke the Lights with|
|3||5/27/2013||West Allis Police||Criminal Damage to Property|
|Alleged to Have Smashed Window of House Where Girlfriend Was and Threatened Her|
|4||5/9/2015||Greenfield Police||DUI/Possession of Firearm by Felon/Possession Firearm While Intoxicated|
|Endangering Safety by Use of Dangerous Weapon/Warrants|
|Blew .159 while driving/Possessed Loaded Firearm While Intoxicated and Being a Felon|
|5||11/4/2019||Ashland Police||Loud Noise/Obedience to Officers|
|Loud Music and Refused to Provide Police With ID|
|6||8/16/2020||West Allis Police||Prowling|
|Videotaping Personal Police Officer Vehicles in PD Parking Lot|
|7||10/6/2020||West Allis Police||OWI #2|
|Blew .212 Blood Alcohol Level. Governor Tony Ever (D) Appointed Judge Dismissed Case.|
During the riots, Grosskreutz was photographed many times holding a pistol. A little more than a month after the shooting, Grosskreutz told TMJ4 reporter Stephanie Haines that he had a valid concealed carry permit. He testified during the Rittenhouse trial that he did not have a valid CCW license. After KCE contacted TMJ4, they issued the following correction:
“Editor’s note: This story was published in September of 2020, before the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. During the trial we learned Gaige Grosskreutz’s concealed carry permit was expired.” KCE believes the Concealed Carry License was revoked, not expired. Here is a copy of Grosskreutz’s license that he posted online. The licenses didn’t expire until 1/10/2023. The WI DOJ likely revoked his license, meaning he lied under oath and T. Clair Binger knew it, or should have known it.
Simply put, Grosskreutz committed perhaps several crimes on August 25, 2020, but was never charged by progressive District Attorney Michael Graveley. Grosskreutz in the process of legally changing his name in a secret court proceeding.
Wis Stat. §786.37 Allows for a name change to be done confidentially, but Grosskreutz will have to show “by a preponderance of the evidence, that publication of his or her petition could endanger him or her and that he or she is not seeking a name change in order to avoid a debt or conceal a criminal record.”
Is Grosskreutz asserting that he is in danger? Is he trying to conceal his criminal record? The judge bought it and the hearings are behind closed, locked doors.
KCE reached out to Grosskreutz’s attorney Kimberly Motley for comment, but she didn’t respond to our request.