Online store stops selling Rittenhouse family's merchandise
KENOSHA, Wisconsin (AP) - An online sales company stopped selling goods for an Illinois teen who killed two people and injured a third in a protest in Wisconsin this summer.
The Kenosha News reported Thursday that Kyle Rittenhouse's family started selling "Free Kyle" merchandise through Printify last week. Printify creates custom products for designers and sells them online.
The company tweeted that it terminated the Rittenhouse family's account for violating a policy that prohibits content, promotes, or condones violence.
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"We have decided to end our relationship with this business to reduce business risk," the company said in a statement. "Ultimately, we don't want to be associated with a business that is involved in such a complex, controversial and ongoing case."
The public prosecutor has accused 17-year-old Rittenhouse of opening fire on Anthony Huber, Joseph Rosenbaum and Gaige Grosskreutz during a protest in Kenosha on August 25. The protest was sparked after a white police officer shot and killed Jacob Blake Black, seven times in the back during a domestic argument. The gunshots left Blake paralyzed from the waist down.
Rittenhouse faces multiple charges, including first degree premeditated murder, first degree attempted first degree murder, and reckless first degree murder. The teenager has claimed he shot in self-defense and conservatives have gathered around him to raise money for his legal defense.
Kimberley Motley, a lawyer representing Grosskreutz, described the merchandising efforts as "mean and disgusting and with extremely bad taste".
According to FreeKyleUSA Social Media, which is run by the Rittenhouse family, the family is trying to get another company to do the merchandising. They criticized Printify's decision to drop it as "a forceful, concerted effort aimed solely at preventing the truth from getting out."
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