Virginia Cop Fired After Giving $25 to Kyle Rittenhouse

Henrietta Strickland
April 22, 2021

"I have reviewed the results of the internal investigation involving Lt. William Kelly".

A police officer in Norfolk, Virginia has been fired after allegedly making an anonymous donation to help Kyle Rittenhouse, the man accused of killing two protesters during a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin a year ago.

A legal defense fund for Rittenhouse attracted millions of dollars in donations previous year.

Rittenhouse, 18, has been charged with murder and attempted murder for shooting and killing two people and wounding a third at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 25.

Rittenhouse was charged as an adult with two counts of first-degree homicide and one count of attempted homicide.

After conservative-fueled fundraising efforts raised $2 million to cover his bail, he was released from jail in November. The request was denied. It was revealed earlier this month after a data breach of the Christian crowdfunding website used by Rittenhouse that a number of police and public officials throughout the country had donated to his cause.

The move came on the heels of a Guardian report that named police officers and public officials who donated to Rittenhouse's legal fund.

A $25 donation made anonymously on September 3 was linked to Kelly's work email, the Guardian reported, and was accompanied by this message: "God bless". CBS News has reached out to the group for more information and is awaiting response.

On Tuesday, Norfolk city manager Chip Filer announced that he accepted Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone's recommendation to terminate the employment of Lt. William Kelly.

"The alleged statement and action by a member of Norfolk's Police Department is alarming and by all means not consistent with the values of our city or the standards set for our employees", Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander said in a statement Friday. "I ask the community to continue to support the officers of the Norfolk Police Department as in the past knowing that right now, at this moment, they are continuing to serve and protect them." said Chief Boone.

"His egregious comments erode the trust between the Norfolk Police Department and those they are sworn to serve", Filer said in the statement.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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