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Mysterious ‘Jump Kick Man’ From Rittenhouse Trial Identified, Tried To Get Deal From Prosecutors

Kenosha County, WI – A jury found 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty of all of the charges against him on Friday afternoon, including a felony count of recklessly endangering the safety of the mysterious and unidentified “Jump Kick Man” who gave the teen a flying kick to the head.

Prosecutors claimed throughout Rittenhouse’s trial not to know the identity of the man they called “Jump Kick man,” and referred to him and others who attacked Rittenhouse as “heroes” for trying to stop an “active shooter.”

But Rittenhouse was facing a count of recklessly endangering the safety, use of a dangerous weapon for firing shots in the direction of the unidentified man who was caught on video kicking him in the head while he was on the ground, Insider reported.

That charge carried as possible sentence of up 12.5 years in prison, plus the possibility of an additional five years because of Rittenhouse’s “use of a dangerous weapon.”

If convicted, Rittenhouse could have been sentenced to as much as 17.5 years in prison on that charge alone, Insider reported.

Videos of the riot showed that as Rittenhouse ran from the mob after he shot Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber hit him in the head with a skateboard and knocked him to the ground, WISN reported.

That was when the videos showed the unidentified man gave Rittenhouse a flying kick to the head.

Rittenhouse testified that he feared for his life as “Jump Kick Man” came at him, Insider reported.

“As he’s running at me and jumping, as his boot is making contact with my face, I fired two shots at him,” the 18 year old told the jury. “I thought if I were to be knocked out, he would’ve stomped my face in if I didn’t fire.”

Videos showed that almost immediately after “Jump Kick Man” kicked Rittenhouse in the head, Huber hit the teen with his skateboard again, WISN reported.

Rittenhouse fired one round and killed Huber.

Next, videos showed that Gaige Grosskreutz initially approached Rittenhouse with his hands up, but then he pulled a gun out of his waistband, WISN reported.

Grosskreutz testified at trial on Nov. 10 that he pointed his gun at Rittenhouse before the teen shot him.

“When you were standing three to five feet from him with your arms up in the air, he never fired, right?” defense attorney Corey Chirafisi asked Grosskreutz, whom Rittenhouse shot in the right bicep.

“Correct,” Grosskreutz said.

“It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him with your gun — now your hand is down pointed at him — that he fired, right?” Chirafisi asked.

“Correct,” Grosskreutz responded.

Throughout the entire trial, prosecutors referred to the “Jump Kick Man” but claimed they had not been able to identify the person Rittenhouse was charged with recklessly endangering.

Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger even referred to “Jump Kick Man” as a heroic in his closing argument, Insider reported.

“That crowd was full of heroes,” Binger told the jury. “And that crowd did something that honestly I’m not sure I would’ve had the courage to do. If I see a guy running up the street with an AR-15 and I hear he just shot somebody, my first instinct is not to approach.”

“Anthony Huber was different. Jump Kick Man was different. Gaige Grosskreutz was different,” the prosecutor claimed. “That doesn’t make them a threat to the defendant’s life. It doesn’t make their lives worthless. They don’t give up their right to defend themselves.”

Binger told the jury that the unknown “Jump Kick Man” had a right to try and stop “an active shooter.”

But it turned out that “Jump Kick Man” didn’t remain unknown and the scenario that Binger described wasn’t what actually happened.

It was unclear exactly when prosecutors learned that “Jump Kick Man” was actually Maurice “Reese” James Freeland, but three sources told Wisconsin Right Now that prosecutors notified Rittenhouse’s legal team on Nov. 11, the day the defense closed their case.

Sources claimed that in exchange for his testimony, Freeland wanted immunity for pending charges for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) with a passenger under age 16, disorderly conduct with a domestic abuse modifier, and THC possession.

Freeland’s estranged wife, Melody Freeland, told Wisconsin Right Now that the couple’s young son was the child involved in the OWI.

However, sources said the prosecution did not grant Freeland his immunity request and he was never called to testify at the trial by either side.

Melody Freeland told Wisconsin Right Now that she exchanged messages with her soon-to-be-ex-husband the night he kicked Rittenhouse in the head and said he had complained about the armed white men providing security to some businesses in Kenosha.

She said that shortly before he went to the riot and kicked Rittenhouse, Freeland posted a message to Facebook that read “@Team Reese, let’s kill that white boy” accompanied by emojis of a gun and coffin.

“He’s not the victim here,” Melody Freeland told Wisconsin Right Now. “Reese is an instigator.”

She said her husband later deleted the Facebook messages and Facebook said they no longer had them.

But several other friends and family members confirmed Melody Freeland’s story to Wisconsin Right Now and said that Freeland had bragged about being the person who kicked Rittenhouse in the head.

The Daily Mail reported Freeland was out on bond on Aug. 25, 2020 when he went to the Kenosha riot and attacked Rittenhouse.

Charges were pending against Freeland for battery domestic abuse, criminal damage to property domestic abuse, and disorderly conduct domestic abuse in connection with a March 23, 2020 incident between Freeland and his girlfriend, Monalisa McDuffie.

McDuffie told police Freeland attacked her after she took away his car keys because he was too intoxicated to drive, the Daily Mail reported.

Charging document said Freeland allegedly “threw her to the ground and kicked her in her lower right ribcage… then began punching the television.”

But that was just one of several open cases against Freeland when he attacked Rittenhouse, the Daily Mail reported.

His criminal record included acts of criminal violence, destruction of property, possession of controlled substances, traffic offenses, family court violations, and escape from custody.

Jail records showed he was incarcerated in May of this year on charges of battery, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana, and several traffic violations including driving a vehicle while on a suspended sentence, the Daily Mail reported.

Records showed he was released on Oct. 24.

Legal experts had opined that if the jury had found Rittenhouse guilty, Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder could have used the late identification of “Jump Kick Man” as a reason to declare a mistrial.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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