A Texas police department refused to kotow to a woke mob after an officer posted an image of himself posing with Kyle Rittenhouse to the force’s Facebook page.
In the photo, Rittenhouse, who posed with an unidentified officer from the Thrall Law enforcement Department, could be seen grinning from ear to ear in front of a patrol vehicle.
‘ Make those stops, you never know who you might meet, ‘ the post initially study. ‘ Today it was Kyle Rittenhouse, welcome to Texas. ‘
Rittenhouse, 19, became notorious for his murder trial and following acquittal after shooting 3 men, two fatally, in what he testified was self-defense during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020, following the shooting of John Blake.
Anger from online commenters subsequently ensued – but Thrall’s PD’s Facebook manager stood firm, and backed its officer’s upload.
‘ I must have missed something, I believed this young man was arrested, charged, indicted and then found not liable by a jury of their peers. Is this not just how our country works any more? The hate in these feedback is terrible, if you have information that is contrary to that I might honestly love to hear this, ‘ the post study.
But just hours later, the publish had received a barrage of abuse as upset social media users shared their particular dismay at how the official had been joyfully posing using the controversial teen.
‘ Sick you are producing him out as a leading man. Shame on your officer and this department, ‘ wrote Kari Ashpaugh.
‘ What a joke of the police department, ‘ stated Nai Roberts, one of over 1, 800 users who have commented.
‘ Is this a joke? You aren’t welcoming a known monster into our state? This is completely disgusting, ‘ stated Phoenix Woods.
‘ The stupidity showing how some of these departments use social networking will never cease to stun, ‘ surmised Ed Sibel.
Hours later the post was quickly edited by the law enforcement department – who declined to apologize.
The officer pictured in the post has not been discovered. It is also unclear how Rittenhouse and the officer met within Thrall, about 40 mls northeast of Austin.
Chief Whitney Whitworth has not provided any further info as to how the photograph found have been taken in the first place.
Rittenhouse was acquitted late last year by a jury in the August 2020 shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin.