Police and Public Officials Donated to Defense of Accused Double-Murderer Kyle Rittenhouse, They Gave Money Through Christian Crowdfunding Website

A transparency group, Distributed Denial of Secrets, revealed that police officers and public officials have donated money to the legal defense of accused double-murderer Kyle Rittenhouse through a Christian crowdfunding website, GiveSendGo.

Rittenhouse is accused of murdering two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020 when people protested the police shooting of Jacob Blake, an African American.

The Guardian reports a data breach revealed donor “email addresses traceable to police and other public officials“:

One donation for $25, made on 3 September last year, was made anonymously, but associated with the official email address for Sgt William Kelly, who currently serves as the executive officer of internal affairs in the Norfolk police department in Virginia. That donation also carried a comment, reading: “God bless. Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You’ve done nothing wrong.”

The comment continued: “Every rank and file police officer supports you. Don’t be discouraged by actions of the political class of law enforcement leadership.”

Another Rittenhouse donor using an official email address was Craig Shepherd, who public records show is a paramedic in Utah. This donor gave $10 to Rittenhouse on 30 August.

Donations also came to Rittenhouse associated with official email addresses for Keith Silvers, and employee of the city of Huntsville, Alabama, and another $100 was associated with the official address of Michael Crosley, an engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a body which is charged with maintaining the US’s nuclear weapons stockpile.

The data breach also revealed donations to Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey who shot Blake who was unarmed:

Two $20 donations to Sheskey’s fund were associated with email addresses of a pair of lieutenants in Green Bay, Wisconsin’s police department. One, given under the name, “GBPD Officer”, was tied to an address associated with Chad Ramos, a training lieutenant in the department; another anonymous donation was associated with Keith A Gehring, who is listed as a school resources officer lieutenant.

Another donation to Sheskey was associated with the official email address of officer Pat Gainer of the Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin police department. Given under the screen name “PPPD Motor 179”, the donation also carried the comment: “Stay strong brother.”

(Source: The Guardian)

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