After donating $25 to Kyle Rittenhouse’s defence with the note “You’ve Done Nothing Wrong,” a Virginia cop was fired
Virginia Cop Fired : A Norfolk, Virginia, police officer was fired after donating to Kyle Rittenhouse’s defence fund and told the kid, who is accused of killing two people during disturbances in Wisconsin this summer, that he did “nothing wrong,” according to a city official.
A security breach of the Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo made the payment from Sgt.
William Kelly, the second highest-ranking official in the Norfolk Police Department’s internal affairs section, public.
Kelly made the $25 anonymous donation with a note of support for Rittenhouse, adding, “Every rank and file police officer supports you,” according to The Guardian.
Kelly was removed from his position this week, according to Norfolk City Manager Chip Filer, who claimed he and Police Chief Larry Boon concurred that the officer’s “egregious comments” violated city and departmental regulations.
After the judgement was revealed, Chief Boone issued a statement to area citizens saying, “A police department cannot perform its job when the public loses trust in those whose duty it is to serve and protect them.”
According to LinkedIn, the former officer had been with the Norfolk Police Department for 18 years and had been relocated to another division pending the outcome of an administrative investigation.
“May God bless you. Thank you so much for your bravery. Keep your wits about you.
According to The Guardian, Kelly stated in his note, “You’ve done nothing wrong.”
Critic in Chief
Kelly’s resignation was met with opposition from the city’s police union, with union head Clay Messick telling the Virginia Pilot that the city’s probe had been carried out “hurriedly.”
Messick stated, “We were looking for a thorough, transparent investigation.”
“However, I do not believe that is what we received after 72 hours. It’s difficult to call this equitable.”
Following the non-fatal police shot of Jacob Blake, Rittenhouse is facing homicide charges as well as a misdemeanour charge of minor firearm possession for shooting two individuals and injured a third during rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin last August.
Pro-gun organisations and political analysts have rallied around Rittenhouse’s case, claiming the then-17-year-old acted in self-defense.
According to the data hack, Kelly was one of several police officers and public officials who paid to Rittenhouse’s legal defence fund.