A Christian crowdfunding site raised more than $47,000 for a cop fired for donating to shooter Kyle Rittenhouse

Cheryl Teh
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A man wears a "Free Kyle" shirt to protest for shooter Kyle Rittenhouse to be released. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images
  • A Christian site has come out in support of a cop fired for donating to Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse.

  • The fundraiser - which has a $50,000 goal - collected over $47,000 for former officer William Kelly.

  • Rittenhouse is facing homicide charges for fatally shooting two Black Lives Matter demonstrators.

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A Christian fundraiser has collected over $47,000 in funds for the Virginia cop fired for donating to Kyle Rittenhouse's legal defense fund.

The donation drive was hosted on the Christian fundraising site "GiveSendGo" for former police officer William Kelly and has raised over $47,000 - 95% of the total goal of $50,000.

The fund said all donations would go to correcting "an injustice we see happening right before our eyes" and to support Kelly and his family.

Kelly was fired on April 20 when it was revealed that he had contributed to a legal defense fund for Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse is an 18-year-old currently facing homicide and firearms charges for fatally shooting two Black Lives Matter demonstrators and injuring another at a protest for Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August last year.

A report by the Guardian said Kelly donated $25 anonymously to Rittenhouse's legal defense fund but was later identified because he used his official email address.

Kelly wrote a comment on Rittenhouse's crowdfunding site along with his donation, which read: "God bless. Thank you for your coverage. Keep your head up. You've done nothing wrong. Every rank and file police officer supports you. Don't be discouraged by actions of the political class of law enforcement leadership."

Norfolk City manager Chip Filer later said in a press release that Kelly had been investigated and his employment terminated, as his "egregious comments" and actions were "in violation of City and departmental policies."

The Virginian Pilot reported that the fundraiser for Kelly was created by the site's co-founders, Jacob Wells and Heather Wilson, a brother-and-sister team.

"Regardless of how you feel regarding Kyle Rittenhouse, the fact is that Mr. Kelly's individual rights have been grossly violated. He made an anonymous donation of a mere $25 with his own money," Wilson wrote in a statement to the Virginian Pilot.

An update on the fundraiser posted on April 25 seen by Insider read: "We were able to get in touch with Lt. Kelly and he is so thankful for all your support."

"It is going to be a long road in front of him and his family but they are going to be able to make it with all your support. Keep sharing the campaign far and wide! Let freedom ring!"

GiveSendGo says on its website it's "meant to give Christians the opportunity to be supported by the body of Christ."

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