A Utah paramedic donated to the defense fund of Kyle Rittenhouse. It was first reported in the @guardian this morning.
Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters in Kenosha, WI.
I tried to get the paramedics side of things. See the story tonight at 10p on @abc4utah. pic.twitter.com/sxGUzcrNwb
— Jason Nguyen (@FollowWIN) April 17, 2021
“A data breach at a crowdfunding website” is a fancy way if saying @abc4utah is using hacked and unverifiable material to target a private citizen for doing something perfectly legal. This really is bad form from a great station that does important work.
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) April 18, 2021
Utah ABC affiliate doxes a local paramedic and sends crew to his house, after hack reveals he donated a whopping $10 to Kyle Rittenhouse defense fund.
A Utah paramedic who donated $10 to a legal defense fund for Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen who shot three Wisconsin rioters, allegedly in self-defense, has been outed as some kind of villain by Salt Lake City’s ABC TV affiliate.
ABC4 reporter Jason Nguyen came up with his “scoop” after the Guardian newspaper included the name of West Valley City, Utah paramedic Craig Shepherd in a Friday article about police officers and other government employees who made donations to fundraisers for “accused vigilante murderers, far-right activists and fellow officers accused of shooting black Americans.”
The Guardian dug the names out of a data breach from a Christian crowdfunding website that was used to raise funds for Rittenhouse, among other controversial defendants. Nguyen took the hacked materials a step further, essentially doxing the paramedic. His report even included a video of the reporter standing at the front door of Shepherd’s house, with plenty of identifying details for those who might want to find the residence.
Nguyen called Shepherd’s employer and found that the city is investigating the matter, though it’s not clear what misconduct there might be to probe. The city issued a statement saying that it’s investigating but noting that “such a donation would be representative of personal actions and not those of West Valley City.”
The reporter noted that Shepherd used his work email address in making the donation. He ended his report by saying the paramedic won’t be placed on administrative leave during the investigation, implying that he had done something illegal or heinous.
Nguyen posted the story on his Twitter account on Saturday, saying Shepherd had been “caught” donating $10 to Rittenhouse’s defense fund using his government email address. The tweet was ratioed, with many commenters pointing out that Shepherd hadn’t done anything illegal or otherwise meriting scrutiny.