Baltimore Police Union’s GoFundMe For Cops Who Killed Freddie Gray Fails Miserably

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The Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police attempted to raise money for the six officers who were arrested for the murder of Freddie Gray.

On Friday, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby filed criminal charges against Baltimore police officers Alicia White, Brian Rice, William Porter, Edward Nero, Garrett Miller, and Caesar Goodson. Goodson, the driver of the van, faces the most severe charges related to Gray’s death, including second-degree depraved heart murder for his failure to place Gray in a seat belt while the 25-year-old man rode in the police van.

Other officers were charged with offenses that included involuntary manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, second-degree assault, false imprisonment and misconduct in office.

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Obviously, given the nature of these officers’ offenses, the Baltimore FOP just had to do something to help. In an open letter to Mosby’s office, the FOP explained that the officers had been wrongly charged, and even went so far as to threaten Mosby’s husband’s political career:

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“Not one of the officers involved in this tragic situation left home in the morning with the anticipation that someone with whom they interacted would not go home that night,” the letter reads, in part. “As tragic as this situation is, none of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray.”

The FOP asked Mosby to recuse herself and appoint a special prosecutor in her place. The letter threatened:

“Most importantly, it is clear that your husband’s political future will be directly impacted, for better or worse, by the outcome of your investigation. In order to avoid any appearance of impropriety or a violation of the Professional Rules of Professional Responsibility, I ask that you appoint a Special Prosecutor to determine whether or not any charges should be filed.”

In addition, the FOP lovingly began raising blood money for the officers:

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Twitter responded swiftly, with many reporting the GoFundMe campaign the FP had set up and, of course, allowing the police union to know how they felt about the idea of raising money for the officers:

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The campaign was quickly removed by GoFundMe because, as numerous commenters noted, “campaigns in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual, or discriminatory acts” are expressly prohibited by the fundraising site.

Despite this, the FOP was somehow surprised when the campaign was removed:

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This was, of course, mocked by the more thinking individuals in our society:

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While these officers have been charged, it is uncertain whether or not justice will be done. Thus far, Mosby has done a stellar job in her handling of this case. However, at least eight members of her family served in the Baltimore Police Department, so it is important to approach these early triumphs with skepticism.

Fortunately, Mosby seems determined to see this ordeal through to the bitter end. She said on Friday:

“To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America: I heard your call for ‘No justice, no peace.’ Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man.”

Perhaps, just perhaps, she will not be another Bob McCulloch. Mosby certainly frightens the Baltimore FOPand that’s a good sign.

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