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LAKE COUNTY, IL — A data breach has revealed public officials and police officers were among the donors to the legal fund for an Illinois teen accused of fatally shooting two protestors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year.
The breach, which was shared with journalists by transparency group Distributed Denial of Secrets, showed many cases where officials donated and provided their official email addresses, according media reports.
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Rittenhouse has raised more than $585,000 for his legal defense since August through the Christian crowdfunding website, GoSendGo. The data breach shows several donations linked to email addresses for police and other public officials, the Guardian reports.
A $25 donation made anonymously but tied to the official email of a Norfolk, Virginia, police Sgt. William Kelly included this message: “God bless. Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You’ve done nothing wrong,” according to the Guardian.
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The comment went on: “Every rank and file police officer supports you. Don’t be discouraged by actions of the political class of law enforcement leadership.”
Rittenhouse, 18, is accused of traveling from his home in Antioch in August to Kenosha, Wisconsin, amid protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. The armed minor, who was 17 years old at the time, said he was there to protect businesses.
Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber with an AR-15-style rifle, according to court documents. He also shot and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, according to prosecutors.
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