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A data leak revealed that a police lieutenant donated $25 to support teenager Kyle Rittenhouse who faced trial for killing two men and wounded a third while acting in self-defense.
A left-wing publication called The Guardian leaked the names of police officers and public officials who donated to a defense fund for Rittenhouse.
Police Lt. William Kelly of Norfolk, Virginia was then fired in April.
“God bless,” Kelly wrote to accompany his donation.
“Thank you for your courage,” he added. “Keep your head up. You’ve done nothing wrong.”
“Every rank and file police officer supports you. Don’t be discouraged by actions of the political class of law enforcement leadership.”
After losing his job, political commentator Candace Owens started her own fundraiser to help Kelly who was wrongfully fired.
Owens set a goal of $100,000, but quickly surpassed it. More than $230,000 has been raised for the former police lieutenant.
“By now you know there is nothing I hate more than media lies and its corresponding mob justice,” Owens posted to the fundraiser, hosted on GiveSendGo.
“Perhaps some of the greatest media lies over this last year, were pertaining to the Kyle Rittenhouse case.”
“Former Lieutenant William Kelly was punished for siding with the truth,” she said.
“When left-wing hackers released the details of those who anonymously donated to Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense fund last year—Lt. Kelly’s name was among them.”
Owens referred to Kelly’s boss as a “spineless police chief, Larry Boone, a radical BLM supporter who attended BLM rallies in uniform— allowed the double standard of his firing to occur because to Boone, delivering mob justice mattered more than siding with truth.”
“Kyle Rittenhouse is innocent. So is Lieutenant Kelly,” she said at the time. “Please support him.”
Since Rittenhouse’s not guilty verdict on all counts, Kelly has said he wants his job back, Daily Wire notes.
Owens explained that Kelly has been “surviving on his savings and his wife’s teacher salary” since his firing.
“This is unacceptable. The routine threats, lies, and duress that our police officers nationwide are made to face to satisfy the black lives matter radical narrative cannot continue,” Owens concluded.
The jury has found that Kyle Rittenhouse is not guilty on all charges.
The verdict is read shortly after the 10-minute mark in this video below. WATCH:
Here are the five charges he was acquitted of:
Count 1: First-degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon.
Count 2: First-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon.
Count 3: First-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon.
Count 4: First-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon.
Count 5: Attempted first-degree intentional homicide, use of a weapon.