Authorities said Tuesday that a Virginia police officer who had donated money to support murder suspect Kyle Rittenhouse had been fired.
Lt. William Kelly, who worked inside the Norfolk Police Department, was fired after expressing his support for Rittenhouse and making an anonymous donation of $ 25 to his defense fund. The officer’s message at the time was: “God bless you. Thank you for your courage. Look up. You did nothing wrong.”
Norfolk police said Kelly was initially released on administrative leave last Friday, and officials investigated the former official’s behavior.
Norfolk City Manager Chip Filer said in a statement: “CEO Larry Boone and I have concluded that Lieutenant Kelly’s actions violated city and department policy. They swear to serve. Norfolk has a code of conduct for all employees, and we will hold employees accountable. “
Rittenhouse was charged with shooting and killing two men in protest against the Jacob Black shooting by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This has become the creed of conservatives, who believe that the teenager has the right to do so on August 25. self-defense.
In November, he was released from the Kenosha County Jail on a $ 2 million bond, which was raised primarily by conservatives. Rittenhouse defense attorney Lin Wood said at the time that Mike Lindell, the founder of MyPillow Inc., and former “Silver Spoon” child actor Ricky Schroder played a key role in “preserving” us in raising the bail.
Other donors appear to include a paramedic in Utah and an engineer at the famous Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory near San Francisco.
Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone said in a statement announcing Kelly’s firing: “When the public loses confidence in those responsible for protecting them, the police department will not be able to fulfill its duties.” from any official to undermine the relationship between the Norfolk Police Department and the community. “
Police said Kelly could file a complaint and appeal the city’s decision. You have yet to comment publicly on the donation or termination.