Burning witches: Norfolk’s new policy for anyone they don’t like.
They’re coming for you next: : A high-ranking police officer in Norfolk, Virginia, was fired from his job when the leftwing newspaper The Guardian revealed he had made an anonymous donation to the defense fund that had been set up for Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who when attacked by BLM rioters shot and killed two.
According to the Guardian newspaper on Friday, Lieutenant William Kelly, who served as the executive officer of NPD’s internal affairs division, made an anonymous $25 donation to Rittenhouse’s defense in September. … The revelation came after a data breach of the Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo, which showed official email addresses belonging to many police officers and public officials. The information was shared with the Guardian by the transparency group Distributed Denial of Secrets.
The alleged donation from Kelly was made on September 3 and included the comment, “God bless. Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You’ve done nothing wrong” and “Every rank and file police officer supports you. Don’t be discouraged by actions of the political class of law enforcement leadership.”
After the donation came to light, Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone said Kelly was initially reassigned to another division pending the results of an administrative investigation. He did not identify Kelly in that original statement. According to Kelly’s LinkedIn page, he had been with the Norfolk Police Department for 18 years. He has been the executive officer of internal affairs for the last two months.
In a release sent Tuesday, April 20, Norfolk City Manager Chip Filer said he has accepted the recommendation of Chief Boone to relieve Lt. Kelly of his duty.
First, the donation was supposed to be anonymous, and Kelly’s identity only came to light because the site GiveSendGo was hacked, illegally.
Second, Rittenhouse has not been convicted yet of any crime. What happened to being considered innocent until proven guilty? Are we not allowed to give every American the right in court to defend themselves? And wasn’t it the left that demanded free legal aid to all accused citizens under this very premise? Did that principle never apply to those the left disagreed with?
Third, what justification on Earth does the Norfolk police department have to fire Kelly? His donation had nothing to do with his performance as a police officer, and from what I can gather, his record was so clean he had just two months ago been promoted to an executive position.
They had no justification. They fired him because they simply didn’t like his opinions as stated in his donation comment, as bluntly admitted by Norfolk City Manager Chip Filer:
I have reviewed the results of the internal investigation involving Lt. William Kelly. Chief Larry Boone and I have concluded Lt. Kelly’s actions are in violation of City and departmental policies. His egregious comments erode the trust between the Norfolk Police Department and those they are sworn to serve. The City of Norfolk has a standard of behavior for all employees, and we will hold staff accountable. [emphasis mine]
In America today the left no longer respects the right of individuals to donate anonymously to whatever cause or individuals they choose. No, you are only permitted to support leftwing causes, such as Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and every Democrat running for office. Give any of your money to anyone they disagree with or hate — no matter how unjustly — and you will be blacklisted, blackballed, destroyed, and hunted down like a rat.
I truly hope that Kelly can get work elsewhere, on a police force that respects the law, the right of free speech, and the rights of the individual to a fair trial. And I certainly would not want to live in Norfolk, which now has a local government that no longer believes in these ideals.
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