It hasn't been a good day for the Baltimore Fraternity Order of Police Lodge 3 (FOP). The police union published a public letter this morning that asked State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to assign a special prosecutor to investigate Freddie Gray's death and included a subtle threat to the political career of her husband, City Councilman Nick Mosby, only to have Marilyn Mosby announce charges against six officers a few minutes later. Baltimore citizens celebrated in the streets when the charges were announced, and Mosby got a flood of press coverage, with a New York Times headline announce she is "Seen as Tough on Police Misconduct" and a New York magazine post calling her a "certified bad ass."
Then, FOP published a blog post on its website later in the day, saying that it had "been overwhelmed with the enormous generosity of people from around the world" and was trying to start an online fundraiser to "assist our [six charged] officers with their living expenses during their unpaid suspension. [sic] as well as to help defray their legal expenses."
At 4:32 p.m., FOP tweeted:
Turns out, though, that it's against GoFundMe's Terms & Conditions to use the site to raise funds "in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual, or discriminatory acts," as people on Twitter quickly pointed out. Less than an hour later:
Apparently our GoFundMe account has been suspended with no explanation. We are working to find a new site for donations. Thank you!— Baltimore City FOP (@FOP3) May 1, 2015