Baltimore Police Union tries to upload GoFundMe page for six cops, shut down 40 minutes later

The Baltimore Police Union set up a GoFundMe page for the six officers arrested in connection to Freddie Gray’s death – only for it to be taken down 40 minutes later.

The organization, which compared protesters to a ‘lynch mob’, tried to set up an account, but it was shut down as it violated the fundraising website’s terms and conditions.

They had reportedly raised around $1000 before it was deleted.

The description on the site read: ‘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.’

After discovering their profile was no longer active, they tweeted: ‘Apparently our GoFundMe account has been suspended with no explanation. We are working to find a new site for donations. Thank you!’

According to GoFundMe’s guidelines, a page will be in violation if it: ‘Campaigns in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts.’

The police union sparked controversy on Wednesday for their attempt to smear protesters.

‘Which one is the #LynchMob again?’ John Cotton tweeted, posting a photo of a peaceful protest next to photos of Gray during his arrest and hospitalization.

An attorney for the Gray family said the choice of words was especially inappropriate given the history of African-Americans being lynched.

‘The choice of words is not only ironic, it’s sad,’ said Andrew O’Connell.

‘Police officers are never the subject of a lynch mob. It’s actually usually the other way around,’ he told CNN.

‘And in the context of the powder keg that Baltimore city is right now, referring to the citizens of Baltimore city who are peacefully protesting as a ‘lynch mob’ doesn’t serve to keep the peace. It only heightens the flames, or fans the flames of people who are already on edge.’

Two further rallies are scheduled for Thursday including one at noon, and one at 3 p.m.

After the charges of the six officers were announced on Friday, a lawyer retained to represent them denounced it as an ‘egregious rush to judgement’.

‘We believe that these officers will be vindicated as they have done nothing wrong,’ said Michael Davey, a lawyer working for the city’s Fraternal Order of Police.

‘I have never seen such a hurried rush to file criminal charges,’ he said, arguably suggesting prosecutors had been rushed into acting by pressure from a week of street demonstrations.

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