A data breach at a Christian crowdfunding site exposed numerous police officers and public officials who donated money to controversial individuals.
One of the victims was Police Lieutenant William Kelly of Norfolk, Virginia who was removed from his position after reports illustrated his support and $25 donation to Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense fund. Last summer, Rittenhouse was charged with homicide after shooting three protestors and killing two during a demonstration following the death of Jacob Blake. The case against Rittenhouse, who is 18, has been controversial as some believe he acted in self-defense, while others claim his intent was to kill. Rittenhouse was released on a $2 million bond.
Former Lt. Kelly wrote on the donation site, “God bless. Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You’ve done nothing wrong. Every rank and file police officer supports you,” the comment continued. “Don’t be discouraged by actions of the political class of law enforcement leadership.” Kelly was put on administrative duty on April 16 and may appeal the firing, according to the city of Norfolk.
The data breach challenges American citizens’ right to privacy and threatens their livelihoods in a time of intense social scrutiny and divisiveness. Privacy, or the lack thereof, is a growing trend in American social and political spheres, from vaccine passports to companies exposing customer data.
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