When 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse opened fire during Tuesday night’s riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the first person he shot was Joseph Rosenbaum. The head shot was fatal, and it was quickly learned that Rosenbaum, 36, was a convicted sex offender who earlier in the night had been taunting the armed civilians guarding property against the rioters.
“Shoot me, n–r!” Rosenbaum repeatedly shouted, in a bizarre scene captured on video by Townhall reporter Julio Rosas.
Now that it is confirmed Joseph Rosenbaum was one of the people shot and killed by alleged gunman Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, I filmed him earlier in the night taunting the armed civilians, saying, "Shoot me, n***a." pic.twitter.com/Nn2encm78Y— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 27, 2020
Think about what kind of white man would be shouting the n-word during a protest allegedly in support of Black Lives Matter. And then you discover that Rosenbaum served more than 10 years in an Arizona prison after being convicted in 2002 of “sexual conduct with a minor.”
By my calculations, Rosenbaum would have been 19 at the time of his sentencing, and his offense must have been quite severe in order for a judge to impose a 10-year sentence and lifetime registry as a sex offender. According to Arizona records, Rosenbaum was repeatedly cited for disciplinary infractions while he was incarcerated; he was twice returned to prison after violating terms of release, and did not finally leave prison until 2017. He was a very bad man, in other words, and it is difficult to find any reason to mourn his death.