The NYPD helping to free an accused shooter?
Not quite. But actor Ricky Schroder, who starred in the TV series “NYPD Blue” in the 1990s, and Mike Lindell (the MyPillow CEO) donated big cash to help free Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooter Kyle Rittenhouse from jail on a $2 million bond Friday, according to CBS affiliate WBBM-TV.
Rittenhouse was charged with murder in the Aug. 25 shooting during Black Lives Matter protests.
Lin Wood, one of Rittenhouse’s lawyers, posted a photo of Schroder, Rittenhouse and another attorney.
“FREE AT LAST!!!” Wood tweeted. “Thank you, All Donors. Thank you, All Patriots. Thank God Almighty.”
Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, shot and killed Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and wounded a third man, while with a militia group. He has claimed self-defense.
The 17-year-old’s sister, Faith, was in the same police station just hours after the shootings.
“He was crying, said ‘I had to shoot,’” she recounted.
Rittenhouse had a phone interview with the Washington Post earlier this week, during which he said the AR-15 rifle he used was purchased with money from an unemployment check during the coronavirus pandemic.
Rittenhouse was too young to legally purchase the weapon himself, so he gave the money to a friend to buy it for him.
“I got my $1,200 from the coronavirus Illinois unemployment, because I was on furlough from YMCA, and I got my first unemployment check so I was like, ‘Oh I’ll use this to buy it,’” he told the Post.
In his interview, Rittenhouse said he doesn’t regret having a gun that night, saying, “I had to protect myself.”
The protests stemmed from the killing of Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back by Kenosha police during a domestic disturbance.
More than $500,000 has been raised through a legal defense fund and through donations from high-profile supporters, WBBM said.