Veteran cop fired for support of Rittenhouse, now he’s demanding woke chief return his job

Veteran cop fired for support of Rittenhouse, now he’s demanding woke chief return his job

By Jack Davis Western Journal

A Virginia police officer who lost his job after he was outed as having donated to the legal defense fund for Kyle Rittenhouse would like a piece of the justice Rittenhouse received on Friday.

In April, Norfolk Police Lieutenant William Kelly donated $25 anonymously to the fund.

“God Bless. Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You’ve done nothing wrong. Every rank-and-file police officer supports you,” he wrote at the time, according to the Daily Mail.

When hackers spilled his name along with others supporting Rittenhouse, the donation became a major issue in Norfolk, and he was fired, even after 19 years on the job.

“His egregious comments erode the trust between the Norfolk Police Department and those they are sworn to serve,” City Manager Chip Filer said, according to The Washington Post.

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 chimed in.

Even Norfolk’s police chief joined in.

“I want the residents of Norfolk to know that their police department will represent and uphold our organizational values of Service, Honor, Integrity, Equality, Leadership, and Diversity,” Norfolk police chief Larry D. Boone said. “A police department cannot do its job when the public loses trust with those whose duty is to serve and protect them.”

But now with Rittenhouse being found not guilty, Kelly wants his job back, according to the Daily Mail.

He has support from several people online, including Candace Owens.

Kelly said his support for Rittenhouse was not political, but based on his opinion of the evidence relayed by the media.

“Everything I’m saying is just my personal opinion. I’ve been a homicide detective, a violent crimes investigator for years. I have a background. I watched the video of the shooting, and I’d seen the video of the journalists of Mr. Rittenhouse before the shooting and the protesters before the shooting, and I thought it painted a pretty clear picture that Mr. Rittenhouse had a very strong claim for self-defense. I was very surprised when he was charged soon after the shooting with these murders and the shooting of the third victim,” he said.

He said he wanted Rittenhouse to have “the chance to defend himself in front of a jury. I know that lawyers are expensive, and it’s hard sometimes to get the message out there. I wanted to make sure that he had the means necessary to make his claim in court.”

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