Candace Owens, Conservative commentator raised several hundred thousand dollars for Virginia’s police officer fired for her support. Kyle Rittenhouse.
After Owens was fired by Norfolk Police Department for contributing anonymously to Rittenhouse’s defense fund, Owens gave Police Lieutenant William Kelly a huge check totaling $202,000.
Owens shared a preview clip with Fox News in which he said that she was ready to respond to all the criticism Kelly and his family received for telling the truth.
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Owens declared Monday, “I’m so thankful for our police officers.” I can’t imagine, especially with today’s political climate, knowing that you are fighting for justice, and that there is an entire ecosystem that fights against you, fighting defunding you, telling your that you aren’t allowed to exist, unless they side with lies. It makes me feel so content.
Kelly said to Owens, “Thanks so much.”
“Candace” hosts clarified that since printing the gigantic check, the total has risen. It has now surpassed $250,000.
Owens raised the money via the crowdfunding site GiveSendGo. The initial goal was $100,000. It was exceeded more than two times.
Kelly is featured in the full episode “Candace”, which will air Tuesday night.
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Rittenhouse, who was charged with murdering 2 people and shooting the other in the melee that erupted after the shooting death of Jacob Blake, 2020, was cleared of any charges on Friday.
Rittenhouse, his defense team, and the jury argued Rittenhouse acted in self defense. Prosecutors argued Rittenhouse wanted to incite trouble and was planning to kill.
“In my mind, this case is not about winners or heroes. I was able to defend myself. Rittenhouse stated that “I was attacked” in Fox News’ Tucker Carlson’s first interview after being cleared.
Kelly was less than a decade away from being a twenty-year veteran of his department. At that point, he would have been eligible for retirement savings and not be penalized. In April Kelly was dismissed from the Norfolk Police Department. He had been left in desperate need of affordable insurance to cover his family, including his wife who was suffering with cancer and their children.
Kelly stated to Fox News, “I believed I was a liberated man in America who expressed his personal opinion and gave some encouragement. And made a simple donation.”
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Kelly (42 years old) stated that he made a donation to GiveSendGo to Rittenhouse at the close of summer 2020. Although he registered the account through his official email from his police department, Kelly claimed his donation was anonymous.
Included with your donation was a message that said: God bless. Your courage is greatly appreciated. Keep your head high. You’ve done nothing wrong. All rank-and file police officers support you. Don’t be discouraged by actions of the political class of law enforcement leadership.”
Kelly said that he did not make the donation at work. He didn’t hear anything about the contribution for months, until the morning of Friday, April 16.
His memory was that he was getting ready for work when he received a telephone call from another police officer at the central desk.
He was calling his colleague to inquire about the report that had been released by The Guardian, which detailed how a “data breach” revealed how Kelly, who was a sergeant at the time, was among police officials who had donated to Rittenhouse’s fund.
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Kelly expressed his willingness to return to work regardless of past events, even though they were difficult.
He stated, “I love what I do and law enforcement is a great career.” It’s part and parcel of me.
Stephanie Pagones from Fox News contributed to this article.