A popular fundraising website has disallowed contributions for the Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.
The Baltimore police union on Friday opened an account with the California-based GoFundMe.com website to raise money for six officers charged in the case. But a company spokeswoman said the page has been removed.
“GoFundMe removed the fundraising campaign created for the Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray,” spokeswoman Kelsea Little said. “GoFundMe cannot be used to benefit those who are charged with serious violations of the law. The campaign clearly stated that the money raised would be used to assist the officers with their legal fees, which is a direct violation of GoFundMe’s terms. Specifically, ‘campaigns in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts’ are not permitted on GoFundMe.”
The police union posted on Twitter that it is “working to find a new site for donations.”
Earlier in the day, police union president Gene Ryan released a statement saying he was “appalled” at the charges against city officers filed by State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby.
“We are disappointed in an apparent rush to judgment given the fact that the investigation into this matter has not been concluded,” Ryan wrote. “Our officers, like every other American citizen, are entitled to due process and we will continue to support them throughout the judicial process which we believe will result in a finding of innocence.”
Gray, 25, died April 19, one week after he was injured in police custody. Mosby concluded that Gray had been illegally arrested and suffered a spinal injury while unrestrained in a police transport wagon. Mosby said officers ignored repeated appeals for medical help from Gray.
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