Data Breach Shows Police Donated To Kyle Rittenhouse

Data breach shows police officers making donations to accused vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse
Kyle Rittenhouse (image via Twitter)

A recent data breach at the Christian crowdfunding website GiveSendGo reveals several police officers and other public officials have opened their wallets for accused vigilantes accused of shooting Black Americans like Kyle Rittenhouse.

The Guardian reports the transparency group Distributed Denial of Secrets shared the data breach listing donations which showed some were made using official email accounts.

The beneficiaries of donations from public officials include Kyle Rittenhouse, who stands accused of murdering two leftwing protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last August. Rittenhouse traveled from neighboring Illinois to, by his own account, offer armed protection to businesses during protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Rittenhouse, who became a cause célèbre across conservative media throughout late 2020, and was even supported by then president Donald Trump, held a fundraiser on GiveSendGo billed as a contribution to his legal defense. According to data from the site, he raised $586,940 between 27 August last year and 7 January .

One donation for $25, made on 3 September last year, was made anonymously, but associated with the official email address for Sgt William Kelly, who currently serves as the executive officer of internal affairs in the Norfolk police department in Virginia.

Kelly’s donation reportedly included a message to Rittenhouse: “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.”

It won’t surprise you to know that ‘Sgt. William Kelly’ was trending on Twitter this morning. In addition to his status as a police officer, folks noted that he’s the guy who is supposed to oversee internal affairs for his department.

Sen. Ron Johnson Refuses To Condemn 17-Year-Old Vigilante

CNN’s Dana Bash and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)

During an interview on CNN’s. ‘State of the Union,’ Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) refused to condemn Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old Donald Trump cultist who has been charged with the murders of two Black Lives Matter protestors early this week.

Host Dana Bash repeatedly asked if he condemned the shooting and Johnson would only refer to the incident as a vague “tragedy.”

BASH: “The 17-year-old accused of committing two murders was a Trump supporter. Do you condemn that?”
JOHNSON: “It is a tragedy.”
BASH: “Do you condemn it?
JOHNSON: It’s a tragedy.”
BASH: “It is a tragedy, but do you condemn it?”
JOHNSON: “The entire situation is a tragedy.”

Anti-gay vigilante Maxim Martsinkevich arrested in Cuba

Anti-gay vigilante Maxim Martsinkevich

Maxim Martsinkevich, Russian anti-gay vigilante and leader of the homophobic group “Occupy Paedophilia”, was arrested in Cuba today.

From Russian news agency RIA Novosti:

Russia was informed by Cuban police of the arrest of Maxim Martsinkevich through Interpol, the Russian Interior Ministry said in a statement.

More widely known under his nickname of Tesak, or machete, Martsinkevich was arrested in absentia by a Russian court last month on extremism charges.

Martsinkevich said during a January 8 interview that the criminal charges against him were orchestrated by Russia’s “pedo-lobby,” and that he did not intend to return to Russia, according to Russian tabloid Life News that has close links to the security services.

The details of Martsinkevich’s extradition were currently being finalized, Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement Saturday.

In a January 9 post on his website, Martsinkevich wrote that he had flown to Cuba from the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, via the German city of Frankfurt.

In 2011, Martsinkevich founded the Occupy Pedophile vigilante group, which lured men to abusive meetings with false promises of sex with minors. The encounters were recorded and then posted online. The group was also reported to target gay men, who were subjected to similar abusive treatment.

I shared a CNN report earlier today that features many of Martsinkevich’s attacks on gays in Russia.

(h/t JMG)

CNN reports on Russian vigilantes who hunt down and torture gays

CNN’s Phil Black reports on the Russian vigilantes who ambush gay men, humiliate them, torture them and then post videos of the activities online.

Remember, so-called Christian activists here in the US, like Trestin Meacham in Utah, would tell you gays and lesbians aren’t really bullied or targeted; that these things don’t happen. 

According to Trestin’s Facebook page, to report that the bullying of gays is “some kind of social trend is ridiculousness” and a “myth.”

Watch the CNN report below: