Online fundraising for Tulsa reserve deputy suspended by Indiegogo


Robert Bates

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TULSA – An attempt to raise defense funds for Tulsa Reserve Deputy Robert Bates received no donations before crowd funding site Indiegogo suspended the campaign.

Time magazine reports that the campaign was launched Monday, April 13, the same day Bates was charged with Second-Degree Manslaughter.

Indiegogo suspended it on Tuesday, April 14.

The campaign, started by an anonymous poster shortly after footage of the shooting went public, was seeking up to $25,000 for a legal defense fund, according to Time.

“Help us end the vicious attacks on police,” the organizer wrote.

The page was taken down the same day Bates turned himself in.

Indiegogo told Time, “Our trust and safety team regularly conducts verifications and this campaign is currently suspended pending review.”

Crowdfund Insider says Indiegogo recently shut down the donation page for South Carolina officer Michael Slager, saying it was “removed from GoFundMe due to a violation of our Terms and Conditions.”

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