Norfolk City Manager Chip Filer fired Lieutenant William Kelly Tuesday on the recommendation of Norfolk Police Chief Larry D. Boone, according to a statement from the city on Tuesday.
“I have reviewed the results of the internal investigation involving Lt. William Kelly. Chief Larry Boone and I have concluded that Lt. Kelly’s actions violate city and department policy. comments erode trust between the Norfolk Police Department and those they have been sworn to serve. The City of Norfolk has a standard of conduct for all employees and we will hold staff accountable, “Filer said in the statement.
Kelly was initially given administrative duty after reports were made that he donated on April 16, 2021, the statement said. In accordance with the City of Norfolk’s complaints procedure and applicable law, Kelly now has the right to appeal against his dismissal.
“We don’t want the perception of an individual officer to undermine relationships between the Norfolk Police Department and the community,” Boone said. “I ask the community to continue to support the agents of the Norfolk Police Department, knowing in the past that they continue to serve and protect them now, at this time.”
CNN has reached out to Kelly and the Norfolk Police Union for comment.
Rittenhouse, 18, is accused of shooting the men during protests over the deadly shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He pleaded not guilty, and his attorneys have maintained that he was acting in self-defense.
He was released in November after his attorney Lin Wood paid the $ 2 million bail, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.
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“There are a number of unresolved issues with the discovery, some DNA testing and some other issues that need to be addressed,” Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said last month.