A small-town police department in Texas is refusing to back down after a social media mob descended upon their Facebook page over a post featuring a selfie of a deputy with Kyle Rittenhouse.
On Thursday, the Thrall Police Department in Williamson County, Texas, posted a picture on their Facebook account of an unidentified deputy with Kyle Rittenhouse.
Rittenhouse, who is now 19 years old, was acquitted of all charges last November in the shooting deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and the shooting of Gaige Grosskreutz, during the riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2020.
The initial Facebook post featured a selfie of Rittenhouse with the deputy, along with the caption: “Make those stops, you never know who you might meet. Today it was Kyle Rittenhouse, welcome to Texas.”
The social media mob quickly descended upon the post, but rather than backing down and catering to the mob’s outrage — as is expected nowadays — the Thrall Police Department doubled down, adding another message to the original post.
“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 new message read.
The post has stayed up, and has received over 12k likes, 1.8k shares, and 1.7k comments as of Monday evening.
Rittenhouse was only 17 when he traveled just fifteen minutes from his home in Illinois to Kenosha, where he worked, to protect businesses in the area which had been looted and damaged during the riots which occurred in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Blake, who is black, during a domestic dispute in August of 2020. Blake later admitted to having a knife in his possession when he was shot, but that did not stop BLM activists from rioting and destroying the city in response to the shooting.
According to reporting from Fox Business, the riots resulting from Blake’s shooting caused an estimated $50 million in property damages in the Kenosha area.
It is so far unclear how the unidentified Thrall deputy and Rittenhouse met.
Rittenhouse is reportedly currently studying at Blinn College, a junior college located outside of Austin, Texas.