Conservative commentator Candace Owens raised a whole bunch of hundreds of {dollars} for a Virginia police officer who was fired for supporting Kyle Rittenhouse.

Owens introduced Police Lt. William Kelly a large examine for $202,000 on The Daily Wire’s “Candace” after he was let go by the Norfolk Police Department in April for having anonymously contributed to Rittenhouse’s protection fund. 

In a preview clip first shared with Fox News, Owens advised her viewers she needed to supply the final word response to the backlash Kelly and his household had confronted for “siding with the truth.”

VIRGINIA POLICE LIEUTENANT FIRED FOR DONATING TO KYLE RITTENHOUSE FUNDRAISER SEEKING DUE PROCESS

“I am so grateful for our police officers,” Owens stated on Monday. “I can’t even imagine especially in today’s political climate knowing that you’re fighting for justice and you have an entire ecosystem of horrible people that are constantly fighting against you, fighting to defund you, telling you you’re not allowed to exist unless you side with narratives that are actually lies. So this just makes me so happy.” 

“Thank you so much,” Kelly advised Owens.

(The Daily Wire / Daniel Brown. )

The “Candace” host clarified the quantity raised for the 19-year veteran has elevated for the reason that large examine was printed. The complete has surpassed $250,000. 

Owens raised the cash by way of the crowdfunding web site GiveSendGo with the preliminary aim of $100,000, which was far exceeded by greater than double. 

The full episode of “Candace” that includes Kelly might be launched Tuesday night time. 

NORFOLK POLICE LIEUTENANT FIRED FOR DONATING TO RITTENHOUSE’S DEFENSE FUND TELLS HIS STORY

On Friday, Rittenhouse was acquitted of all fees after he was accused of murdering two individuals and taking pictures one other amid the riots that passed off in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the 2020 police-involved taking pictures of Jacob Blake. 

Rittenhouse and his protection staff argued to the jury that he acted in self-defense whereas prosecutors alleged {the teenager} sought to instigate bother and had the intention to kill. 

“In my opinion, there’s no winners in this case, there’s no heroes in this case. I defended myself. I was attacked,” Rittenhouse advised Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in his first interview since being acquitted. 

Kyle Rittenhouse, center, enters the courtroom with his attorneys Mark Richards, left, and Corey Chirafisi for a meeting called by Judge Bruce Schroeder at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Police departments across the country said they were ensuring the right to peaceful protests following his not guilty verdict Friday.

Kyle Rittenhouse, heart, enters the courtroom along with his attorneys Mark Richards, left, and Corey Chirafisi for a gathering referred to as by Judge Bruce Schroeder on the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Police departments throughout the nation stated they have been making certain the best to peaceable protests following his not responsible verdict Friday.
(Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News)

Kelly was solely roughly 10 months from being a 20-year veteran of the division, at which level he would have been eligible to have acquired his retirement financial savings with out a penalty. He was fired from Norfolk Police Department in April, when he was abruptly left determined to discover reasonably priced medical insurance for himself, his spouse, who’s sick with most cancers, and their three children. 

“I thought I was a free man in America expressing his personal opinion to somebody, giving some words of encouragement and making a simple donation,” Kelly advised Fox News in May.

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Kelly, 42, stated he donated to a GiveSendGo account to profit Rittenhouse, now 18, on the finish of summer time 2020. He registered an account utilizing his official police division e mail, however stated his donation was nameless. 

A message included with the donation acknowledged: “God Bless. Thank you for your courage. 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.” 

Former Norfolk Police Lt. Bill Kelly joins Fox & Friends Weekend

Former Norfolk Police Lt. Bill Kelly joins Fox & Friends Weekend
(Fox & Friends Weekend)

Kelly didn’t place the donation throughout work hours, he stated. He didn’t hear something concerning the contribution for months, till the morning of Friday, April 16.

“I was getting ready for work one morning and I got a phone call from a fellow police officer who was working at the central desk,” he recalled. 

His colleague was calling a couple of report launched that morning by The Guardian, which detailed how a “data breach” revealed how Kelly, who was a sergeant on the time, was amongst police officers who had donated to Rittenhouse’s fund. 

Regardless of the occasions of the previous yr, Kelly stated with out hesitating that he would return to work if given the prospect to accomplish that. 

“I love my job, I love law enforcement as a career,” he stated. “It’s part of who I am.”

Fox News’ Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report.