A Virginia police officer who lost his job after he was fired for donating to a legal defense fund for Kyle Rittenhouse wants a piece of the justice Rittenhouse received on Friday.
In April, Norfolk Police Lieutenant William Kelly made an anonymous donation of $25 to the fund.
“God bless. Thank you for your bravery. Hold your head high. You did nothing wrong. Every police officer rank and record stands in your favor,” he wrote at the time, follow Daily mail.
When hackers dropped his name along with other Rittenhouse supporters, the donation became a big deal in Norfolk, and he was fired, even after 19 years on the job.
“The statements and alleged actions of a member of the Norfolk Police Department are alarming and in any way inconsistent with our city’s values or the standards set for our employees, ” Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander said.
Even the sheriff of Norfolk got involved.
“I want residents of Norfolk to know that their police department will represent and uphold our organizational values of Service, Honor, Integrity, Equality, Leadership and Diversity,” police said. Norfolk Chief Larry D. Boone said. “The police department cannot do its job when the public loses trust in the people whose job it is to serve and protect them.”
But now that Rittenhouse is found not guilty, Kelly wants her job back, according to the Daily Mail.
He has support from a number of people online, including Candace Owens.
Today I started fundraising for Lieutenant Bill Kelly — a 17-year ex-cop who was fired in April following the despicable incident. @guardian revealed that he had donated anonymously to Kyle Rittenhouse’s legal defense.
Please share and support!https://t.co/OIOsTbXU56
– Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 20, 2021
Kelly said his support for Rittenhouse is non-political, but based his opinion on the evidence relayed by the media.
“Everything I am saying is just my personal opinion. I have been a homicide detective and violent crime investigator for many years. I have a background. I’ve seen the video of the shooting, and I’ve seen the video of Mr. Rittenhouse’s journalists before the shooting and the protesters before the shooting, and I think it paints a pretty clear picture that Mr. Rittenhouse has made a very powerful statement. for self-defense. I’m surprised he was charged shortly after the shooting with these murders and the shooting of the third victim,” he said.
He said he wanted Rittenhouse to have “a chance to defend himself before a jury. I know that lawyers are expensive, and sometimes it’s hard to get the message out there. I want to make sure that he has the necessary means to make his claim in court. “
He said he didn’t want the police department to be associated with his personal views and recalls the hatred that flared up when his anonymous donation was linked to him.
“Not locals, but people from all over the country read an article and sent a nasty tweet. Without that outcry, I wouldn’t have had any form of discipline against me, I believe,” he said.
Kelly gives her opinion on The case of Rittenhouse purely personal.
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“If people consumed as much information as I did about the case, they might come to a different conclusion. And honestly, even if they’ve consumed as much information as I have and they’ve come to a different conclusion – that’s a good thing,” he said.
“This is America. You may agree with your neighbors and others in your community, and you may disagree with them. Just because someone has a different opinion than you, doesn’t mean you should ruin their life or take their job. My opinion on Mr. Rittenhouse’s request for self-defense does not affect my ability to do police work,” he said.
Kelly noted that the head who condemned him marched in a Black lives are worth it too event in full uniform.
“The hypocrisy is amazing. In order for the leader of our organization to be able to campaign in support of the least divisive movement in America today, wearing a uniform while on duty… he is bearing the name of someone who was recently arrested. Norfolk shooting. he said. “However, I cannot, out of commission, make my own contributions and some comments that are appropriate to the field of public discourse, acceptable?”
Kelly said Police Officer non-liberals fear they will be targeted if their true views are known.
“It makes me feel disposable. Not only does it affect me, but how it affects other officers as well. I was contacted by others who said they immediately deleted their social media accounts after I was fired for fear that they would go through them and find something innocuous to fight back. myself,” he said.
“I was contacted by officers saying, ‘What if Trump runs for office in 2024 and I put a sign for him in my front yard, can the media pick up on that? ? If enough people complain, will I lose my job? ‘ The influence of this type of censorship is widespread. It ripples through the entire part. It’s a chilling effect,” he said.
https://www.westernjournal.com/19-year-veteran-police-force-demanding-job-back-getting-fired-support-rittenhouse/ A 19-year veteran of the police force asked to return to his job after being arrested for assisting Rittenhouse