The claim that he was there “looking for trouble” isn’t supported by evidence.
He claimed in an interview that he was there to protect businesses and administer first aid to injured protesters. There is video of him helping
protesters who had been hit by rubber bullets. There’s also video of him, minutes before he was attacked by the sex offender, offering first aid to
protesters near the police line. Helping protesters doesn’t exactly scream “I’m here to start trouble”.
In the same interview, he was asked why he had a gun. He said because it was dangerous there, which it obviously was. At that point, rioters had
already damaged or completely destroyed around 70 buildings. It was no longer a “peaceful protest”, if it ever was.
Earlier in the day, maybe the day before, there’s video of a guy in Kyle’s group explaining to protesters that they were are on their side. He
told them he completely understood the anger, would understand if they focused their anger on govt buildings but told them to leave businesses
Again, not exactly the stance you would expect one to take if they’re there to hurt protesters.
Before the incident that left the sex offender dead, the “protesters” set a dumpster on fire in front of the gas station and were attempting to
push it toward the police line. One of the militia members put it out with a fire extinguisher. Needless to say, that pissed off the rioters.
At that point, the militia group moved. When Kyle went to catch up with them, the police wouldn’t allow him to pass. Realizing he’s been left
alone, he mulls around back towards the gas station, offering several people first aid assistance on his way. It’s all on video.
He apparently ran into another guy with a rifle and posts up with him for a minute. It’s unclear if he knows the guy or is just looking for safety
At this point, as far as I can find, he disappears from cameras for a few minutes, until he is seen being chased into the parking lot by the sex
offender. It’s not clear what, if anything, caused the guy to chase him.
Some eyewitnesses claim Kyle extinguished another fire in the dumpster. It’s not clear if they are referring to the earlier dumpster fire or if it
was re lit and Kyle put it out a second time. Either way, not a legitimate reason to attack him.
So, back on video, Kyle is being chased across the parking and has what appears to be a bottle in a plastic bag thrown at him.
Keep in mind, he’s retreating. He attempted to avoid conflict.
As the sex offender closes in, you see another guy fire a pistol in the air. It looks like this is what made Kyle turn around. As he does, the sex
offender rushes him and makes an attempt to take his gun. That part is a little more difficult to make out in the video but the reporter who was
standing right there confirms.
Only after he’s been chased, had a gun fired right behind him, and had his gun almost taken did he fire his gun.
After his 3 or 4 shots, you can hear what sound like several more pistol shots. Kyle doesn’t return fire. Instead, he attempts to jog to the police
line, with a group, including a guy with a gun, chasing him.
He falls. A black male goes in to kick him in the head but slightly moves to the side as Kyle, now on his back, fires at him and misses. Then the guy
with the skateboard moves in to hit him over the head. It doesn’t look like he fully connects but then (like a complete nut) he grabs the gun’s
barrel and gets shot.
As that’s happening ANOTHER guy with a pistol (not the first one) has his hands up until he realizes Kyle’s gun is jammed. He lunges at him,
pistol extending towards Kyle’s head, Kyle clears the jam and shoots him in the arm.
By the way, the guy with the pistol was ordered by the court to not possess a firearm due to a domestic assault plea.
At this point, more gunshots can be heard back up the street towards the gas station. He doesn’t return fire. He jogs toward the police line with
his hands in the air.
Personally, I wouldn’t have been there, much less with a rifle, but it was his right to do so. Him exercising that right does not justify him being
In every instance, this kid retreated to escape danger. When he was unable to retreat any further, and his gun was almost taken, he defended himself.
Manslaughter is a stretch, much less premeditated murder.
In his own words, on video, Kyle wanted to protect businesses and help protesters. Him carrying a gun to protect himself didn’t cause this shooting.
Him being attacked by wannabe revolutionaries and common thugs did.
edit on 30-8-2020 by elDooberino because: (no reason given)