Kenosha sheriff doles out treats for media a day after chiding them over courthouse arrests

A day after Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial, Judge Bruce Schroeder criticized the mainstream media for their coverage of the case and Kenosha law enforcement piled in, Sheriff David Beth passed the court with an offer of goodwill.

“This is just to show we’re all on the same page,” the sheriff told reporters on a frigid Thursday afternoon across the street from the ongoing murder trial, where he showed up around noon to give away cookies and coffee on your own. .

Beth said things seemed normal across the city, including around the courthouse, where small groups of protesters and counter-protesters have been gathering daily as the country awaits the jury’s verdict.


“We have about 20 people here, they are holding signs and showing what they would like to see,” he said. “I support that.”

On Wednesday, Judge Schroeder criticized media coverage of the trial, which critics have criticized as dishonest and misleading for allegedly perpetrating false information about Rittenhouse and the scene in Kenosha on August 25, 2020, when he shot three men, two of them. fatally. His defense attorneys have argued in self-defense, while prosecutors say the teenager provoked the violence.

The high-profile case attracted national attention and debates on racism, gun rights, and other hot political issues, and some details related to the incident appear to have been lost in early reports.

Former New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss called Rittenhouse’s prevailing narrative a “disinformation campaign.” In a New York Post op-ed, Miranda Devine said that the mainstream media coverage was about race, class and “beating up the white working-class son of a single mother because they don’t see him as fully human, and that makes them feel good. “


Although Rittenhouse is on trial for shooting three white men, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, a Massachusetts Democrat, at one point described him as a “white supremacist domestic terrorist” while incorrectly claiming that he had crossed state lines with his rifle, which in fact I had kept it in a safe at a friend’s house in Wisconsin.

Rittenhouse lived in Illinois, near the Wisconsin border, where he had a job as a lifeguard. And Kenosha is only a 21-mile drive from where he had lived with his mother.

On November 2, even Judge Schroeder regretted “irresponsible” news reports during the jury selection process, including some he called “deliberately biased.”


“The price you pay for having a free press is a lot of careless and irresponsible journalism,” he said at the time.

He added that before the start of the trial, the journalists did not have access to the evidence that the members of the jury would have and that his speech was not “an attack on the media.”

He returned to the topic of the media on Wednesday.

“When I spoke about the problems with the media when this trial began, we are there, in part … due to the extremely irresponsible handling of what comes out of this trial,” the judge said in court Wednesday. “I will tell you this, next time I will think again about live TV in a test, I don’t know. I have always believed strongly in it, but when I see what has been done, it is really scary.”


Later that day, the sheriff’s office and city police issued a joint statement after arresting two rebel protesters in almost the exact same location that Sheriff Beth prepared her free coffee and cookie brochures.

One, 20-year-old Anthony Chacón, appeared to attack a counter-protester before striking the body of a journalist who was trying to break up the fight. Then dozens of reporters saw him hitting the cameras of various photographers in the area before police detained him.

Police charged him with skipping bail for a felony, skipping bail for a misdemeanor, assault, resisting and disorderly conduct, Sgt. David Wright, a spokesman for the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department, confirmed to Fox News Digital. They also arrested Shaquita Cornelious, 34, a self-described co-chair of Black Lives Matter of Lake County, Illinois, on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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Kenosha Police arrest Shaquita Cornelious, 34, who is in favor of the conviction in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse as the jury deliberates on Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial on November 17, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Photo by Nathan Howard / Getty Images

In first announcing the arrests on Wednesday, the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department released a statement on social media saying “police needed to deploy multiple officers to prevent crowds of citizens and media from interfering.”

Officers had to maneuver around protesters and reporters covering the incident, prompting authorities to briefly reprimand them later in the evening.

“The media and the public have the responsibility to give space to the forces of order and allow them to carry out their functions,” the joint statement read. “Please do it.”

Jurors spent Thursday on their third full day of deliberation before halftime just after 4 p.m. CT. Rittenhouse faces a maximum sentence of life in prison on the main count of first-degree manslaughter.

“No matter what verdict is rendered, some people will not be happy,” Sheriff Beth said. “And we can’t change that, that’s how the court system works. And we’re ready to help protect Kenosha.”

Stephanie Pagones and Joseph A. Wulfsohn of Fox News contributed to this report.

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