GoFundMe wasn’t with the idea of the page that wanted to raise $5 million bail money for Waukesha parade suspect bail who is accused of killing six people by driving through a Wisconsin Christmas parade.
The fundraiser was for Darrell Brooks, 33. People were already outraged that he was given the option to bond out. prosecutors brought up the fact that Brooks was free to plow through revelers after being out on an “inappropriately low” bond for another alleged car attack that occurred earlier this month, the New York Post reported.
Brooks was out on $1,000 cash bail before he killed six people, including an 8-year-old boy. he is accused of punching the mother of his child and purposefully running her “over with his vehicle” in a Milwaukee gas station parking lot on Nov. 2.
The GoFundMe account insisted Brooks was a victim of a “racist” justice system, according to screenshots first shared by Law Enforcement Today.
The page was created by someone named James Norton, who called the convicted pedophile and accused mass killer “our dear friend.”
“As someone who knows Darrell personally I can tell you that he would NEVER do such a thing and I know he is innocent of what he was charged with,” the fundraiser stated, despite Brooks having a criminal record that stretches over decades.
“I am seeking to raise the bail so Darrell can be released and speak his truth to his side of the story in this tragic situation that sees another black man behind bars in a purely political and racist trial,” it stated.
“There is no excuse for this continued treatment of black Americans by prosecutors around the country,” the fundraiser continued.
“We ask that he be treated equally as anyone else in this country would be treated and he should be released until found guilty,” it said, according to the screenshots.
It ended its page using hashtags “#BLM, #IStandWithDarrell, #NoJusticeNoPeace, and #RacismIsReal.”
GoFundMe said it removed the account before it raised any money and said the person behind the account was “banned from using the GoFundMe platform for any future fundraisers.”
The company had launched its specialist “crisis response team” to look out for any pages created and linked to the Waukesha horror to make sure they were legitimate, a spokesperson said.
“Fundraisers with misuse are very rare, and we take all complaints very seriously,” the spokesperson said.
“Our team works with law enforcement to report issues and assists them in any investigations they deem necessary.”
The company had come under scrutiny after there were huge fundraising efforts for Kyle Rittenhouse before he was acquitted of the fatal shooting in Wisconsin last year.
The crowdfunding site has made the needed changes to assure this won’t happen again, saying that it now prohibits “raising money for the legal defense of an alleged violent crime.”