Police officer fired for Rittenhouse donation wants job back after acquittal

By Suzie Ziegler

NORFOLK, Virginia – A Virginia police officer demands his job back after Kyle Rittenhouse was cleared of all charges last week. Lt. William Kelly, 42, was fired in April when Norfolk Police learned he had sent an anonymous donation to the Rittenhouse Defense Fund. Rittenhouse was on trial for killing two people during a night of unrest last spring in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

In an interview on Friday with the Daily mail, Kelly said he wanted his job back.

Kyle Rittenhouse, center, watches his lawyers as the jury is removed for the day during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

Kyle Rittenhouse, center, watches his lawyers as the jury is removed for the day during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Thursday, November 18, 2021 (Sean Krajacic / The Kenosha News via AP , Pool)

“I like being a cop, it’s part of me and who I am. It was a huge blow for me to lose my job, ”Kelly told the Daily Mail. “If I had the chance again, I would jump on it. ”

In April, Kelly donated $ 25 to a GoFundMe supporting Rittenhouse and left the following anonymous message: “God Bless. Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You haven’t done anything wrong. All the police on the base support you.

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“I was interested in giving him the chance to defend himself in front of a jury. I know lawyers are expensive, ”Kelly said. “I didn’t want my city or my police department to be associated with it, so I chose to donate anonymously.

But Kelly’s donation did not remain anonymous for long. A data breach led to his association with the Norfolk Police Department and his dismissal, reported the Associated press.

After the offense, the City of Norfolk said Kelly’s “blatant comments erode trust” between her police department and the community.

Kelly has since filed a grievance against the department and is hoping for a hearing date by the end of January, according to the Daily Mail.

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