The six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray won’t be getting the ‘public assistance’ they are seeking online.
Officers Cesar R. Goodson Jr., Officer Edward M. Nero, Officer Garrett E. Miller, Sgt. Alicia D. White, Lt. Brian W. Rice, Officer William G. Porter were the focus of fundraising efforts by their police union, who set up a GoFundMe page for the six charged officers with a goal of $600,000.
Only a few hundred dollars had been raised by the officers union before the page was promptly taken down.
The The Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police originally set up the GoFundMe crowdsourcing campaign above asking for donations to support the 6 officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, stating:
“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.”
But after about a day online, the police union tweeted:
GoFundMe claims they deleted the page because the campaign violated their terms of service.
They routinely ban any fundraising in defense of “formal charges, or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful of discriminatory acts.” Furthermore, no campaign can be used to benefit ‘anyone who is charged with serious violations of the law’.
Makes plenty of sense to me. I’m glad their taking a stand on the issue.
What do you think of GoFundMe’s decision to pull the Baltimore officer’s campaign?