“We do not want perceptions of any individual officer to undermine the relations between the Norfolk Police Department and the community.”
The Norfolk, VA, Police Department fired Sgt. William K. Kelly III after a hacker group revealed his anonymously donated money to Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense fund.
Stacey blogged about the hacker group releasing the information of the anonymous donors. The media reported on those who used their government emails.
(People, do NOT ever use your work emails for personal tasks. Please. This isn’t complicated. Not saying that’d stop the media or the left, but still.)
On April 16, Police Chief Larry Boone announced the department reassigned Kelly, who worked as the Internal Affairs Division’s executive officer. Officials also started an investigation.
Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander said Kelly’s donation is “not consistent with the values of our city or the standards set for our employees.” Stacey noted that Alexander never elaborated on which “values and standards” Kelly allegedly violated.
The Guardian said Kelly left this comment with his donation:
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.”
Fast forward to Tuesday, April 20:
Norfolk City Manager Chip Filer said Boone advised him to relieve Kelly of duty.
“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,” Filer said in a statement.
I guess everyone missed what actually happened that August night. Even the New York Times reconstruction of the night Rittenhouse allegedly killed two people even suggests self-defense.
Someone send the NYT timeline of that night to Boone:
“I want the residents of Norfolk to know that their police department will represent and uphold our organizational values of Service, Honor, Integrity, Equality, Leadership, and Diversity. A police department cannot do its job when the public loses trust with those whose duty is to serve and protect them. We do not want perceptions of any individual officer to undermine the relations between the Norfolk Police Department and the community. I ask the community to continue to support the officers of the Norfolk Police Department as in the past knowing that right now, at this moment, they are continuing to serve and protect them.”
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