A major fundraising website Friday blocked donations to a campaign seeking funds for the six Baltimore police officers facing criminal charges over Freddie Gray’s death.
“GoFundMe removed the fundraising campaign created for the Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray,” company spokeswoman Kelsea Little said Friday.
“Specifically, ‘campaigns in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts’ are not permitted on GoFundMe,” she added.
“Apparently our GoFundMe account has been suspended with no explanation,” the police union responded on Twitter on Friday.
The Baltimore FOP is now accepting donations for the charged officers through an address listed on its official Twitter account.
It additionally said Saturday it was working towards launching its own space online for collecting contributions.
Officer Caesar Goodson, the driver of the van transporting Gray, was charged with second-degree murder in the incident.
Charges against the other officers ranged from involuntary manslaughter to assault and false imprisonment.
“As tragic as this situation is, none of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray,” he tweeted.
“I believe that the publicity in this case is a driving force to a rush to judgement and causing this prosecution to move so quickly,” he said.
Violent riots erupted Monday in Baltimore over Gray’s funeral. He died April 19 following a fatal spinal injury suffered while in police custody.