The Baltimore Police Union, the repulsive organization which last week compared peaceful protesters to a “lynch mob,” tried to start a GoFundMe for the six officers allegedly responsible for Freddie Gray’s death today. Thankfully, it was taken down within 40 minutes because it violated the fund raising site’s terms.
The Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #3 has been overwhelmed with the enormous generosity of people from around the world. We have received many requests to open an online account that will accept monetary donations for the 6 officers who have been wrongly charged in the death of Freddie Gray. All monies collected will be used to assist our officers with their living expenses during their unpaid suspension. as well as to help defray their legal expenses.We thank you, in advance, for your continued support.
That sure sounds like a campaign “in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts,” which goes against GoFundMe policy. Of course, the group is already trying to find another site to host their fundraiser.
Apparently our GoFundMe account has been suspended with no explanation. We are working to find a new site for donations. Thank you!May 1, 2015
The GoFundMe gimmick has become a standard move now for defenders of suddenly-famous bigots and killer cops who shoot unarmed black men. The good news—if there can be any—is that the fund only raised $425 before being removed, a small fraction of the amount donated to Darren Wilson and the owners of Memories Pizza.