GoFundMe yanks crowdfunding campaign for Baltimore cops


http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/2/gofundme-yanks-crowdfunding-campaign-baltimore-cop/

A GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign set up on behalf of Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray was quickly removed Friday by the company.

“Apparently our GoFundMe account has been suspended with no explanation,” said the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police on Twitter. “We are working to find a new site for donations. Thank you!”

The yanking of the site comes two days after GoFundMe tightened its policy on prohibited crowdfunding after pulling campaigns on behalf of Christian-owned businesses that had refused to serve gay weddings.


SEE ALSO: Gay-rights advocates torpedo GoFundMe campaign for Christian-owned bakery


In a statement, GoFundMe said the campaign violated its ban on fundraising in defense of “formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts.”

The previous policy, which was broadened after the website removed campaigns last weekend for a Christian-owned bakery and florist, prohibited campaigns in defense of “”Campaigns in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts.”

The Baltimore FOP site had set a goal of $600,000 for the six officers charged Friday in the death of the 25-year-old Gray, who died April 19 from spinal injuries sustained while in police custody.

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