by Jennifer Smith, Daily Mail:
- Lt. William Kelly, 42, was fired by Norfolk Police Department in April this year
- He anonymously donated $25 to Rittenhouse’s defense fund last year
- Kelly, a former homicide investigator, told DailyMail.com he watched videos and it was ‘clear’ Rittenhouse had a case for self-defense from the beginning
- He wanted to help him because ‘lawyers are expensive’ but didn’t want to associate his police department with it, so left off his name
- A group of hackers then harvested who had donated and found his email address
- They gave his name and his rank to The Guardian and he was fired after a story was written
- Since then, Kelly has been living on his savings and his wife’s teacher salary
- He was ten months from vesting for his pension when he was fired and the couple has three kids
- Kelly told DailyMail.com he stands by his view but that Rittenhouse’s acquittal is irrelevant because he’d expressed a private opinion
- The police chief in Norfolk was not disciplined for parading in uniform at a BLM protest in May 2020
- The cop says it’s a ‘dumbfounding’ double standard that is silencing cops across the country who now feel ‘disposable’ if they’re not liberal
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A Virginia cop who was fired for anonymously donating $25 to a Kyle Rittenhouse defense fund after being outed by hackers and the media is now demanding his job back from the woke, ‘hypocrite’ police chief who fired him.
Speaking to DailyMail.com on Friday, as the Rittenhouse verdict came in on Friday, Norfolk Police Lieutenant William ‘Bill’ Kelly explained why he thought Rittenhouse deserved his help back then, and why he stands by the decision now.
Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all counts on Friday after a two week trial. He buckled in tears as the verdict was read aloud and is now a free man.
Seven months ago, long before the trial had even started, 42-year-old Kelly was fired for donating anonymously to the teenager’s then-growing defense fund.
Kelly, a 19-year veteran and father-of-three who had moved into the internal affairs division at the time, made a $25 donation to a Give Send Go online campaign for Rittenhouse’s legal team after watching social media videos and journalists’ footage from the August 2020 Kenosha riots.
He wrote alongside his donation: ‘God Bless. Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You’ve done nothing wrong. Every rank-and-file police officer supports you.’
Speaking to DailyMail.com on Friday, Norfolk Police Lieutenant William ‘Bill’ Kelly explained why he stands by his decision to support Kyle Rittenhouse
Kelly was fired for anonymously donating $25 to a Rittenhouse defense fund after being outed by hackers and the media
However, the police chief in Norfolk, Larry Boone (center with sign), was not disciplined for parading in uniform at a BLM protest in May 2020
He thought nothing else of it, until his name appeared in an article by The Guardian among the names of other cops who gave to the fund. Their details had been hacked by a group and provided to the media. Kelly was fired and vilified by the police chief and city manager in Norfolk, who called his actions ‘egregious’.
In an interview with DailyMail.com, he explained why he thought Rittenhouse was innocent from the beginning.
‘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.
Kelly, a self-confessed ‘news junkie’, saw that a GoFundMe account for Rittenhouse had been canceled, and a site called Give Send Go had set up another page for him.
He logged on and donated, making sure to leave out personal details because he says he didn’t want to associate himself with the police department.
‘I was interested in giving him 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.
‘It mattered. The comments I made, my belief that he has a strong claim for self-defense was a personal opinion. I didn’t want my city or police department to be associated with it, so I chose to donate anonymously.
‘It was only after the hackers broke into it that they were able to connect those dots,’ he said.