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Twitter Blocks Lawyer of Accused Kenosha Shooter for 'Glorifying Violence'

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By    |   Friday, 04 September 2020 04:33 PM

The lawyer for a 17-year-old accused of shooting and killing two and wounding another during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been locked out of his Twitter account for a post advocating a defense of his client in a way the tech company characterized as “glorifying violence.”

Attorney John Pierce was prohibited from using his Twitter account after comparing his client, Kyle Rittenhouse, to an anonymous American soldier who fired a shot to begin the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, when minutemen rallied to defend caches of weapons from being confiscated  by British troops.

“Kyle Rittenhouse will go down in American history alongside that brave unknown patriot at Lexington Green who fired “The Shot Heard Round The World” on April 19, 1775. A Second American Revolution has begun.. #FightBack,” Pierce posted on Wednesday.

The post was quickly blocked and Pierce was alerted that it violated Twitter’s policy, requiring him to delete the tweet before he would be allowed back on the platform.

“It is against the Twitter rules to condone or glorify acts or perpetrators of violence,” a Twitter spokeswoman told Breitbart News. “Our teams are proactively reviewing and taking action on tweets that glorify violence. These tweets will need to be removed by the account owners before they can continue to use Twitter. Accounts dedicated to or repeatedly sharing this type of content will be suspended.”

Pierce had previously posted on Twitter that Rittenhouse’s actions were “100% self-defense” and also directed those interested in contributing to the teen’s legal defense to a non-profit fund.

Twitter’s action came a day after another of Rittenhouse’s attorneys, Lin Wood, who also had been posting tweets defending Rittenhouse, had his account suspended. It was unclear what specific post sparked the social media company’s action, but later in the day it restored Wood’s access, saying his account had been “incorrectly actioned.”

Wood is an attorney famous for his clients Richard Jewell, the man accused and later exonerated for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Park bombing, and Nicholas Sandman, also known as "Covington Kid" who was accused of taunting a Native Indian activist in Washington.

Reports have indicated that Rittenhouse was in Kenosha after being asked by an auto dealer to help guard an auto dealership from rioting mobs. Other reports said he was being chased by a mob, had stumbled and was on the ground when he fired.

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