Rittenhouse trial: Kenosha sheriff doles out treats for media a day after chiding them over courthouse arrests

“This is just to show we’re all on the same page,” the sheriff told reporters on a frigid Thursday afternoon across the street from the ongoing homicide trial, where he showed up around noon to give away cookies and coffee on his own dime.

Beth said that things appeared normal throughout the city, even around the courthouse where small groups of protesters and counter-protesters have been gathering daily as the country awaits the jurors’ verdict.

Anthony Chacon, left, was arrested after allegedly battering a female counter protester, body-slamming a reporter and hitting multiple cameras outside the Kenosha courthouse.

Anthony Chacon, left, was arrested after allegedly battering a female counter protester, body-slamming a reporter and hitting multiple cameras outside the Kenosha courthouse. ((Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images))

ANTI-RITTENHOUSE PROTESTER SLAMS REPORTER OUTSIDE KENOSHA COURTHOUSE; ARRESTED FOR BATTERY

“We’ve got about 20 people here, they’re holding up signs and putting out what they would like to see,” he said. “I support that.”

On Wednesday, Judge Schroeder slammed media coverage of the trial, which critics have panned as dishonest and misleading for allegedly perpetrating false information about Rittenhouse and the scene in Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020, when he shot three men, two of them fatally. His defense attorneys have argued self-defense, while prosecutors claim the teen provoked the violence.

The high-profile case attracted national attention and debates of racism, gun rights and other hot-button political issues, and some details surrounding the incident appear to have gotten lost in early reporting.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth offers cookies and coffee outside the Kenosha County Courthouse, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 in Kenosha, Wis., during the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha, last year. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth offers cookies and coffee outside the Kenosha County Courthouse, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 in Kenosha, Wis., during the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha, last year. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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