Candace Owens, the conservative commentator, gave Police Lt. William Kelly a check for $202,000 after he was fired by the Norfolk Police Department last April for anonymously donating $25 to Rittenhouse’s defense fund in August 2020.
And the amount collected is growing. “I said I want to raise $100,000 for him,” Owens said on her show, The Candace Owens Show. “Instead, we raised north of $240,000.”
According to Fox News, since the check was printed, the amount raised for the 19-year veteran now has surpassed $250,000.
“I am so grateful for our police officers,” Owens said on Monday, Nov. 23. “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 told Owens.
Back in summer 2020, Kelly, 42, donated to a GiveSendGo account to help Rittenhouse. He used his official police department email to create an account, but claimed his donation was anonymous.
The donation was accompanied by a message that reads: “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.”
Kelly has worked for the Norfolk Police Department in Norfolk, Virginia for 19 years. According to a report, he was close to reaching the 20-year milestone, when he’d be able to receive his retirement savings without a penalty.
He was finally fired from the Norfolk Police Department in April, leaving him scrambling to seek affordable health insurance for himself, his cancer-stricken wife, and their three children.