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The first casualty in today’s age of wokeness is the truth, but another casualty that’s almost as important is the expectation of due process.
A clear example of this was the firing of the Brooklyn Park, Minn., town manager for daring to call for due process for the officer who shot a criminal suspect trying to flee, as the officer appeared to mistake her service weapon for her Taser — that officer has since been charged with second-degree manslaughter.
When it comes to Kyle Rittenhouse, who stands accused of murdering two protesters in Kenosha, Wisc., last year, the left has all but declared him guilty and act as if the now 18-year-old who claimed he fired in self-defense is not entitled to a defense and that it’s an affront to offer support to Rittenhouse.
The Guardian is even exposing the names of some of these individuals. Citing a data breach at a Christian crowdfunding website, the British outlet said it “has revealed that serving police officers and public officials have donated money to fundraisers for accused vigilante murderers, far-right activists, and fellow officers accused of shooting black Americans.”
Among those receiving support is Rittenhouse.
While you may recall a damning New York Post report on President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, being essentially banned by Facebook and Twitter in the run-up to the 2020 election because the story used hacked information. There has been nary a peep about The Guardian article.
Some donors tried to conceal their identities using GiveSendGo’s anonymity feature, but the website preserved identifying details, according to the article.
Readers are told Rittenhouse held a fundraiser on GiveSendGo for his legal defense and that he raised $586,940 from late August 2020 to early January of this year.
While BizPac Review will not disclose the names, the individuals exposed include an internal affairs officer in the Norfolk, Va., police department, who donated $25.
“God bless. Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You’ve done nothing wrong,” the accompanying comment said. “Every rank and file police officer supports you. Don’t be discouraged by actions of the political class of law enforcement leadership.”
A Utah paramedic was named for giving $10 to Rittenhouse, and a city employee in Huntsville, Alabama. An engineer from the laboratory charged with maintaining the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile was also named.
Rittenhouse traveled from his home in Illinois to help protect Kenosha businesses during the rioting over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Following a familiar script, Blake was resisting arrest and tried to get back in his vehicle — very similar to the events this week in Minnesota — when he was shot in the back. The shooting left him paralyzed from the waist down.
With chaos in the streets of Kenosha that night, an armed Rittenhouse shot one man who appeared to be chasing him, just as a gunshot went off nearby. The other man he killed had attacked him with a skateboard as he was leaving the area. A third protester involved was wounded by Rittenhouse.
The media narrative was that the protesters were trying to disarm Rittenhouse, with the reacting by calling Rittenhouse a vigilante, a murderer and a trigger-happy white supremacist — there’s no evidence to support the claim.
After being arrested, Rittenhouse was hit with a $2 million bond, which was paid by contributions through various fundraisers. The teen was widely supported for acting in self-defense, with even former President Donald Trump weighing in.
“That was an interesting situation,” Trump said at the time. “You saw the same tape as I saw. He was trying to get away from them, I guess, it looks like. He fell, and then they very violently attacked him.”
“I guess he was in very big trouble. He probably would have been killed,” he added.
The British newspaper also outed a couple of Wisconsin police officers who donated to a fundraiser held for the Kenosha police officer who shot Blake — that officer returned to active duty this week, after being cleared of criminal wrongdoing in the shooting.
“About 32 more donations, totaling more than $5,000, came to Sheskey from private email addresses associated with Kenosha officers, but under badge numbers rather than names,” The Guardian noted.
Needless to say, the left lost their mind over the story, having long ago declared the teen guilty and a criminal.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
…who were attacking him, one of whom hit him over the head with a skateboard.
— Dr. Jonny Republic If You Can Keep It 🇺🇸 (@JonDougherty10) April 16, 2021
Hopefully he’ll get the justice he deserves. Two ppl lost their lives bc of his hate.
— Linz (@LinZ813) April 16, 2021
This is clearly a VIOLATION of their oaths of office. Police donating to a criminal’s legal defense fund?
No, this is not only wrong, the intention is quite clear–these people believe the false narratives about Kyle Rittenhouse. THIS is what disinformation is doing to society.
— 🌐 Agent K ➖🕵️♂️ 🔎 👁️ 💬 📡 ⏱️ 🎯 ⚖️ ➖ 🌊 (@gary_kline) April 16, 2021
They need to be fired immediately. This is funding domestic terrorism.
— Jamie 🛸💙🌊🇺🇸 (@Jamie1074) April 16, 2021
It’s not just a few bad apples- the whole damn tree is rotten. The # of ppl listed who are associated with law enforcement is repulsive.
— Alex (@abruke) April 16, 2021
One of the cops literally said Rittenhouse “did nothing wrong.” I just can’t even put into words how disgusted I am.
— Dr. Jenne (@librarianjenne) April 16, 2021
You’re on track when you say the police need to be defunded & re-vetted. We have too many racist, white-supremacist, people in policing positions in America.
They’re drawn to policing as a profession so they can terrorize and kill people of color without accountability.
— Awakened (@PoeticPiercing) April 16, 2021
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