GoFundMe Removes Fund Page For Activist Seeking To Recuperate Expenses Caused By Police Repression.
On Monday, April 3, 2017, Metropolitan Police Department raided a known activist’s home in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC.
According to the search warrant, the raid was in furtherance of “the investigation into the conspiracy to riot” and to search for items associated with the “Black Bloc march on January 20, 2017.”
Among the items taken were cell phones, computers, and irreplaceable personal belongings. The known activist’s home was targeted because MPD believed he was in possession of the equipment used to organize and support the protests.
On Tuesday, April 4th, 2017, activists wanting to help replace these items created a page on the popular crowdfunding website, gofundme.com.
The crowdfund page (previously found here) was taken down within hours. GoFundMe alleged that we violated their terms and asked us to update the campaign with additional information. Within minutes of receiving notification from GoFundMe that the “campaign has been suspended and your funds have been placed on hold”, activists responsible for the fund did everything requested by GoFundMe to put the crowdfund page in compliance with no avail.That was 6:30 pm Eastern on April 4. We have received no reply to date.