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Rittenhouse Witness And Photographer Releases Book Documenting 2020 Kenosha Riots

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Nathan DeBruin (38) – Kenosha Freelance Photographer And Witness In Rittenhouse Trial
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Nathan DeBruin’s book, “THE KENOSHA UNREST: A journey into the days of the Kenosha Unrest” is in the top 15 on amazon.com for Photojournalism Books. The 202 page photo-book was officially published on July 27, 2023, but DeBruin just launched the book for sale online. The 38-year-old DeBruin has been a freelance photographer for over 10 years. DeBruin often shoots for KCE.

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Interested people can purchase the book on Amazon.com. For those who have a copy of the book, and would like to have it signed by DeBruin, simply email him at PhotosByNateD@gmail.com. For a nominal fee, you can meet the author and have a custom message and signature on the inside cover.

“Step into the heart-wrenching world of “The Kenosha Unrest,” where a tranquil city’s facade is shattered by a viral video capturing an officer-involved shooting. As civil unrest escalates, an amateur photojournalist captures the intense emotions and chaos that engulf Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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Through poignant images, witness the community’s resilience and unity in the face of devastation. Some of these powerful photographs became crucial evidence in the Wisconsin v Kyle Rittenhouse trial, presenting an unbiased and compelling account of the tragic events that unfolded in August 2020. Experience this captivating visual narrative that transcends boundaries and leaves an indelible impact on the pursuit of justice and societal transformation.”

DeBruin gained fame as a witness in the Rittenhouse trial and sharply shot back at former Assistant District Attorney James Kraus many ties throughout his testimony. Here are some examples:

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“I wanted to show the world that what happened in Kenosha in 2020 was more than just riots. There were peaceful protests during the day, but come nightful, havok rained down on my hometown,” said DeBruin. “I wanted people to see what I saw first hand through my lens.”

In the book, the original exhibits from the trial are included. DeBruin also still has ownership and possession of the original poster-sized exhibits from the trial with the exhibit stickers in tact. The exhibits are for sale – for information, email DeBruin.

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DeBruin felt heart-warming that so any people took interest in Kenosha by buying his book. Although now at #15, the book has been as high as #9. “Being a witness in the trial changed my life, in some ways for the better, and in some ways, making things a bit more difficult. But overall, I’m fortunate to have played small part of this pivotal moment in Kenosha’s History,” DeBruin said.

Yours truly is even in the book. I was photographed by DeBruin unknowingly. I now consider him a good friend.

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Author

  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.

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22 Responses

  1. This book is on my coffee table as I write this. Bird Watcher gives it the “thumbs up” and a “buy recommendation.”
    “Now Mr. DeBruin, did you have a camera when you worked on this book?”
    “That’s how I would’ve got those photos.”

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  2. I’m glad for this book.

    What’s really overdue is a top-to-bottom debriefing, no holds barred, to get to the bottom of this. But nobody has the courage to do it.

  3. I dont need a book, I can vividly remember the chaos.
    Ill never forget that the mayor sat on his thumb while all chaos ensued.

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  4. It is still a painful memory for me and many of my senior neighbors. A peacful loving community infiltrated by outsiders. We did not deserve it. Now all the media trucks gone. The social activist moved on. The streets swept, the windows replaced. We remain.

  5. I certainly hope that other police shootings that led up to the unrest are in the book. The Michael Bell shooting was certainly on people’s minds when the Blake shooting occurred. Bell did 40 interviews during the unrest period to include BBC London, the New York Times, Washington Post and CNN International. Kenosha police still refuse to release the 19-year-old bullet from that shooting for forensic examination even though the city has released other evidence. Kenosha says a crime was not committed. Bell has offered $200,000 to local charities if the bullet is released. Mayor Antaramian and retired KPD Chief Morrissey could well be implicated in the cover-up.

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    1. Bell’s shooting, Kyle Baars incident, Kendal West beating the tar out of an ER doc and ripping up restraining orders, Pablo Torres, Jesse Salazar – that police impersonator punk who went around robbing people, beating the tar out of his victims, and, despite being a multiple felon, brandishing a firearm, and the KPD protected him. A blind man could have seen that riot coming.

  6. Yes ,good job parents.Always teach your kids don’t rassle with the po-lice.Bad things can happen.

  7. Ahhh good times…. Those were the days …. For about a year I hosted the Kenosha Riot Dinner Playhouse/Bicycle Tour …. For a fee we would tour on bicycles the riot sights & you could act out the shootings—— you could be Grooskruetz, Kyle , the molester dude , or the druggy skate punk —- It was FUN!

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  8. How about reaching out to Julie Bayles about the book she wrote about her son Seth and his courageous battle with an unknown disease and his strong faith. Her book is also available on Amazon . We are stronger together, very uplifting.

  9. More self enrichment exploiting/glorifying a career criminal who has resisted arrest, assaulted officers, brandished a knife. Blake should be in prison.

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