Fundraiser for suspended officer removed, donations returned
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An online fundraiser for a suspended Rhode Island police officer has been taken down and money returned to donors.
The Boston Globe reports GoFundMe removed from its website a donations campaign benefitting Providence Officer Patrick Hourahan.
A company spokesperson said the fundraiser violated the site’s terms of service, but declined to elaborate. The effort had raised at least $20,000 to date, including a number of donations from Providence police officers.
Hourahan was suspended for 10 days without pay following a confrontation between police and a large group of residents in the South Providence neighborhood last month.
He was recorded saying “Who wants some more?” after officers pepper sprayed residents during the melee.
The Globe reports that police critics cheered the removal of the fundraiser while the police officer’s union denounced it.
One of the families involved in the incident has raised around $15,000 on GoFundMe.