Police and Other Government Employees Have Donated to Kyle Rittenhouse’s Defense Fund

Kyle Rittenhouse appears for an extradition hearing in Lake County court, in Waukegan, Ill. on Oct. 30, 2020. (Nam Y. Huh / Pool via AP file)

First responders and other government employees have donated money to support homicide suspect Kyle Rittenhouse, according to data leaked from a Christian crowdfunding website.

Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two men during protests against the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has become a cause célèbre among conservative activists who believe the teen was within his rights to open fire in self-defense on Aug. 25. Rittenhouse, 18, was 17 at the time of the shooting.

MyPillow Inc. founder Mike Lindell and former “Silver Spoons” child actor Ricky Schroder played key roles in “putting us over the top” in coming up with $2 million for bail in November, Rittenhouse’s defense attorney, Lin Wood, said at the time.

Now, data leaked from GiveSendGo appears to shed light on the sources of over $500,000 in donations to Rittenhouse’s legal defense fund. The data was unearthed by the digital activist group Distributed Denial Of Secrets and shared with NBC News on Friday.

One pro-Rittenhouse donation for $25 was made with an email address linked to Sgt. William Kelly, who works in internal affairs for the Norfolk Police Department in Virginia.

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SOURCE: NBC News, David K. Li and Kevin Collier