Supporters of Daniel Holtzclaw, a Caucasian Oklahoma City police officer accused of raping eight African-American women over a five-month period, were shocked —SHOCKED — when the company shut down the fundraiser on his behalf.
Justice for Daniel Holtzclaw, which was started by the officer’s sister, had raised just over $7,500 for the embattled accused rapist when the campaign was suddenly shuttered by GoFundMe. The family had hoped to raise $100,000 for defense and legal fees, but the effort fell a little flat.
According to GoFundMe site administrators, the page was deactivated on Tuesday after they received an unspecified number of complaints.
“In the event that a campaign receives a high volume of complaints, GoFundMe will conduct an internal content review to determine the most appropriate course of action,” a GoFundMe representative said in an email to The Ann Arbor News.
“Given the sheer volume of campaigns, each review is handled on a case-by-case basis. In this particular case, GoFundMe determined that the fundraising campaign titled ‘Justice for Daniel Holtzclaw’ will be removed from the site.”
Jenny Holtzclaw posted in dismay on Facebook,
While she may have the sads that her previous fundraiser was shut down, there’s a silver lining (for her). Her brother’s bond has been lowered, and she can now request donations directly to her PayPal account!
Holtzclaw is charged with multiple counts of first-degree rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery, indecent exposure, first-degree rape by intimidation, first-degree burglary, and felonious stalking. Holtzclaw, of course, denies each and every charge.
“He has been informed of the charges and vehemently denies each and every one,” his lawyer told the Ann Arbor News. “Daniel asks that everyone remain strong during this difficult time. We ask for your continued support, thoughts, and prayers.”
If convicted, Holtzclaw faces life in prison without parole.