GoFundMe has removed a page launched to raise the $5 million bail of Waukesha parade suspect Darrell Brooks Jr.
Brooks is accused of plowing his SUV through a Christmas parade on Sunday (November 21) killing at the scene.
The sixth victim, 8-year-old Jackson Sparks, died days later at an area hospital.
Brooks has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide.
During a court appearance on Tuesday, he was ordered held on $5 million bail, which sparked outrage considering he was out on an “inappropriately low” bond.
At the time of the parade massacre, Darrell Brooks Jr. was out on $1,000 bail after he was arrested early this month for allegedly trying to run other the mother of his child with a car.
A person named James Norton launched a GoFundMe page in an attempt to raise the $5 million bond for Brooks.
The caption read:
On November 21st, 2021 our dear friend Darrell Brooks was arrested for allegedly driving his car into a parade, 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.
Clearly there is more to the story the media is not telling us and 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.
A spokesperson for GoFundMe confirmed the page had been removed and the person who launched the page has been banned from the platform.
Fundraisers with misuse are very rare, and we take all complaints very seriously.
Our team works with law enforcement to report issues and assists them in any investigations they deem necessary.
GoFundMe removed a page that was launched to raise money for Kyle Rittenhouse.
But, they now say because he has bee acquitted he is eligible for a fundraiser to cover his legal costs.
If someone is acquitted of those charges, as Rittenhouse was today, a fundraiser started subsequently for their legal defense and other expenses would not violate this policy.
A fundraiser to pay lawyers, cover legal expenses or to help with ongoing living expenses for a person acquitted of those charges could remain active as long as we determine it is not in violation of any of our other terms and, for example, the purpose is clearly stated and the correct beneficiary is added to the fundraiser.
Source: NY Daily News