MSNBC kicked out of Rittenhouse courtroom after freelance writer near jury bus – NBC Chicago

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Police are investigating after someone claiming to be affiliated with national media was suspected of attempting to photograph jurors during Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial on Wednesday night.

Kenosha Police said they briefly took a man into custody and issued several “traffic citations”, but noted that “there was no breach of security regarding the jury, and no photographs had been obtained “.

Judge Bruce Schroeder addressed the incident in court on Thursday, saying a man identifying himself as an MSNBC producer was following a bus carrying jurors.

Schroeder said police arrested the man after going through a red light while following the bus, which takes jurors to an undisclosed location during the trial. He was fined for breaking a traffic control signal, Schroeder said.

An NBC News spokesperson said in a statement that a freelance writer received a traffic citation in Kenosha.

“While the traffic violation took place near the jurors’ van, the freelance writer never contacted or intended to contact the jurors during the deliberations, and never photographed or had the ‘intention to photograph them,’ the statement said. “We regret the incident and will cooperate fully with the authorities in any investigation. “

Police and the judge said the case was under investigation, but MSNBC is no longer allowed in the courtroom during the trial, Schroeder said.

“This is a very serious matter and I don’t know what the ultimate truth is, but absolutely it would go without thinking too much that someone following a jury bus – this is a very extremely serious matter and will be sent back to competent authorities for other measures, “said Schroeder, addressing the courtroom.

Kevin A. Perras