( 4UMF NEWS ) GoFundMe Removed For Chicago Cop:
A GoFundMe page in support of the Chicago cop charged with ruthlessly murdering Laquan McDonald was quickly taken down, but not before the campaign managed to raise over $10,000.
Even as horrifying details surrounding 17-year-old Laquan McDonald’s death surfaced, supporters for Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke poured out to help his family’s fight “for his freedom and justice,” as his wife Tiffany Van Dyke described on the GoFundMe.
“My husband is having a bond hearing and if we do not raise this money he will be detained on 11/24/15,” she wrote on the fundraiser site. “With the holidays approaching our husband and father needs to be home with his family.”
It raised up to $10,200 with hundreds of donations before GoFundMe staffers decided to take the page down, for violating the website’s terms and conditions, Kelsea Little, GoFundMe’s media director told the Daily News.
“GoFundMe does not accept campaigns for the defense or support of anyone alleged to be involved in criminal activity,” she said.
All donations for the officer through the GoFundMe will be refunded, Little said.
Even if the alleged killer cop had seen any of that money, it wouldn’t have helped him get home to his family for the holidays, since he was held without bond for his murder charge. If officer Van Dyke is convicted, he could face life behind bars.
The Chicago officer is charged with first-degree murder after he unloaded a hail of bullets at Laquan McDonald in 2014, even as the 17-year-old teen victim lay motionless on the street, according to charging documents.
The accused lethal cop spent 13 seconds emptying his pistol into the teen, and reloaded to continue his barrage, the documents released on Tuesday said.
McDonald was shot 16 times, with bullet wounds in his scalp, neck, chest, elbow, forearm, upper arm, hand, leg and back, investigators said. Only two of those wounds were received while he was standing.
The footage of the killing is set to be released on Tuesday afternoon.