A Texas police department refused to kotow to a woke mob after an officer posted a photograph 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 Police 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 read. ‘Today it was Kyle Rittenhouse, welcome to Texas.’
Rittenhouse, 19, became notorious for his murder trial and subsequent acquittal after shooting three men, two fatally, in what he testified was self-defense during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020, following the shooting of Jacob 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 that this young man was arrested, charged, indicted and then found not guilty by a jury of his peers. Is this not how our country works anymore? The hate in these comments is terrible, if you have information that is contrary to that I would honestly love to hear it,’ the post read.
But just hours later, the post had received a barrage of abuse as angry social media users shared their dismay at how the officer had been joyfully posing with the controversial teen.
‘Sick you are making him out as a hero. Shame on your officer and this department,’ wrote Kari Ashpaugh.
‘What a joke of a police department,’ stated Nai Roberts, one of more than 1,800 users who commented.
‘Is this a joke? You’re welcoming a known killer into our state? This is completely disgusting,’ stated Phoenix Woods.
‘The stupidity of how some of these departments use social media will never cease to amaze,’ surmised Ed Fox.
Hours later the post was quickly edited by the police department – who refused to apologize.
The officer pictured in the post has not been identified. It is also unclear how Rittenhouse and the officer met in Thrall, about 40 miles northeast of Austin.
Chief Whitney Whitworth has not provided any further information as to how the photograph came to have been taken in the first place.
Rittenhouse was acquitted late last year by a jury in the August 2020 shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin.