GoFundMe Shuts Down Cop's Fundraiser, Says Defending Himself Was 'Hate Crime'

GoFundMe shut down a legal defense fund for South Bend Police Sgt. Ryan O'Neill, who was sued for an on-duty shooting.

South Bend, IN – GoFundMe shut down a fundraising campaign to support a South Bend police officer and returned the donations because they determined the campaign was in support of a hate crime.

“Shockingly, GoFundMe told us that they cancelled the campaign because it was in support of a hate crime,” South Bend FOP President Harvey Mills said in a statement, the South Bend Tribune reported.

“This is fundamentally wrong and I’m shocked that a company would accuse a police officer of a hate crime simply for defending himself from an armed attacker,” the statement said.

The controversial incident occurred at about 3:30 a.m. on June 16 when South Bend Police Sergeant Ryan O’Neill responded to a call about a man breaking into cars at an apartment complex, according to a press release from the South Bend Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).

Sgt. O’Neill encountered a man whose legs were sticking out of his car in the parking lot and stopped to talk to him and find out if he was the owner of the car.

When 54-year-old Eric Logan stood up, Sgt. O’Neill saw that the man’s hand was bleeding and he had a woman’s purse tucked under his clothing, according to the FOP.

Sgt. O’Neill asked Logan about the purse and the six-foot-two-inch suspect raised an eight-inch knife over his head and started moving toward him.

The sergeant backed up and ordered Logan to drop the knife three times, but Logan continued walking toward him until the officer had no more room to retreat, the press release said.

That’s when Sgt. O’Neill fired his weapon twice – just at the exact moment that Logan threw the knife at him.

Logan was hit once. The FOP said the sergeant sustained minor injuries to his forearm from the knife attack.

After he was shot, Logan remained standing but refused to answer Sgt. O’Neill’s questions as to whether he had been hit, the press release said.

South Bend police transported Logan to the hospital in a police car rather than delaying treatment to wait for an ambulance. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

In the days that followed the incident, community activists gathered at the South Bend Police Department to protest in the days that followed the incident and marched to the County City Building to demand that city officials fire Sgt. O’Neill, WBND reported.

On June 27, Logan’s estate filed a lawsuit against the city of South Bend and Sgt. O’Neill, the Indianapolis Star reported.

The lawsuit alleged that Sgt. O’Neill used excessive deadly force.

The counts against the city and O'Neill also included equal protection and municipal liability, the Indianapolis Star reported.

Logan had seven children and his family has demanded a jury trial and sought compensatory damages against the city and O'Neill, as well as punitive damages against O'Neill.

The lawsuit alleged that Sgt. O’Neill failed to try to de-escalate the situation before he drew his service weapon and pointed it at Logan, according to the Indianapolis Star.

It also claimed that Sgt. O’Neill violated Logan’s constitutional rights and called the officer’s conduct “objectively unreasonable and undertaken with willfulness and reckless indifference to the rights of others."

The FOP set up a GoFundMe campaign on Monday afternoon to assist Sgt. O’Neill and his family with legal costs and other expenses related to the on-duty incident.

The page raised more than $5,000 in 24 hours before it was taken down at about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the South Bend Tribune reported.

Ryan Stubenrauch, an attorney and spokesman for the South Bend FOP, said GoFundMe claimed they had received complaints about the fundraiser for Sgt. O’Neill.

Stubenrauch responded to GoFundMe and said that Sgt. O’Neill had not been charged with a crime and was a defendant in a civil lawsuit.

But the crowdfunding platform replied that it was in their sole discretion to “cancel campaigns seeking to raise money for the legal defense of alleged crimes associated with hate and other offenses,” according to the South Bend Tribune.

The FOP responded by launching a new campaign to support Sgt. O’Neill on the fundraising platform Fundly.

More than $67,000 was raised in the first 24 hours the fundraiser was active.

UPDATE: GoFundMe contacted Blue Lives Matter to confirm that the fundraising campaign for Sgt. O'Neill violated their terms of service.

“You’re not permitted to raise money for legal defense where an individual has been killed," a GoFundMe official said. "The campaign specifically stated it was for legal defense. This was not removed for hate.”

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jakki taylor
jakki taylor

Another leftist group like Facebook and Google? Tragic for the officer, but it is another group that I will not support and will trash talk at every opportunity.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

The left HATES America and hates all things conservative and traditional. A civil war is coming people, us vs them

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"...........claimed that Sgt. O’Neill violated Logan’s constitutional rights and called the officer’s conduct “objectively unreasonable and undertaken with willfulness and reckless indifference to the rights of others."

This community is becoming "collectively mentally ill" as if they truly believe what is stated here. Obviously this is 'legalese" from an attorney who represents the family ,but it points to those who will do or say >anything< to have it support their own viewpoints, agendas, or opportunities to make easy $$$. This dishonest family should be ashamed of themselves....but they are obviously not. For them this is SOP and ethics and honesty be damned. In their minds it will always be "they owe us".

Mic911
Mic911

GoFundMe may have heard Butt the mayor make his trash talk comments and pulled it...politicians: if the mouth is a movin' I'm a lyin!!! Besides look at the mess they got into over the "homeless veteran" deal..

Buffrat
Buffrat

Well there goes me ever placing money in a GoFundMe Account. If we all don't they no longer have a business.

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

No police officers family ever should donate on gofundme again. In the police field we have white and black brother's and sister's that stand side by side every day and will take a bullet for each one every day but they still call every police officer racist . I think what this country has come to if you pull up on a scene where someone is coming at you to as they say de-escalate you should turn around and run as far as you can even start throwing these people the keys to your patrol vehicle lol afert the city,county,state or country has to buy enough vehicles maybe they'll start backing their officers . The last thing i want to say on this ive said many times on here people better start waking up we are losing our country and if something isn't done a civil war will be coming and ive made this comment to our younger brothers and sisters you better learn now that you're not a robot and everything they tell you to do is not legal a lot of times it's a Democrat in power telling you these things to do and they will throw you under the bus and one rea3 im saying this and i know its off topic but with these new laws like the new red laws your brothers and sister are going to be the 1st targeted because people will call in out of hatred and say bad things about you just so they will come pick your weapons up at your house besides losing your weapons you will lose your job from spite because if you cant carry you have no job so they've won and i don't want any brothers or sisters getting hurt because even though were all part of the same group i will not let them come take my wepons because of following orders now if theres a reason no problem but just because someone reported me lol good luck (how do you all feel about this)?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Guy should have turned on his bodycam. Then he and his family wouldn't have to worry about whether he is going to prison for a bit. If the other prisoners recognize him there, his life could become complicated for him until he is released back to his wife and family.

Buzz17
Buzz17

Can the union start a fund raising effort to help Sgt. O'Neill & his family? I will never give to any GoFundMe site again. Such wimps. Why don't they stand up to those complaining about it & point out the facts of the case as well as the fact that the sergeant sustained injuries from the attacker? The way the media listen to people who weren't at the scene & take everything they say as gospel truth drives me nuts!! All too common these days.

DNW
DNW

Getting kicked off GFM might be the best thing in the long run, given the extra publicity. There is no footage of the incident, only the officer's word against backlash from various quarters and for various reasons. A purely subjective decision by the company.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Not much to do except no longer donate money on GoFundMe. I will give my hard earned money on Fundly so long as they keep the officers page open to donations.

Papa Cooz
Papa Cooz

Sorry, no more money from me to any go fund me effort. They have shown their true leftist anti-police colors. Great job Go Fund Me. I can't wait to tell everyone why I won't donate.

trainbuff
trainbuff

So much for innocent before proven guilty! Asshats!

TexasStrong
TexasStrong

Someone might know of a different way to collect funds for this officer. GoFundMe is a company that takes 15% of whatever is collected. I wouldn't give anything to this group because they will let people start a fund so they can go o vacation, get a sex change, etc. but not a police officer who is being sued with doing his job. GoFundMe is just a liberal group like a lot these days that is all about the $ and caters to the pansy-asses in the democratic party.

Gramercy
Gramercy

It truly is at times like this that I wish I personally had the monies to be the philanthropist I would like to be! I am NOT too in line with GoFundMe (as they DO take a portion of the funds gained)..fact is, I do not support GoFundMe accounts..but South Bend, start your OWN account and have ALL FUNDS go to the officer!

Golobki
Golobki

To Go Fund Me: Drop Dead!

misscrickett1951
misscrickett1951

GOFUNDME...only if you are funding something they agree with and support! Never will I give $$$ to anything through that site!

RPG156
RPG156

That his bodycam wasn't on is proof of premeditation? There are those in the community who would insist that if he double-knotted his boots, it is proof that he is a racist and Nazi. There will always be those activists that believe any black person killed by the police is an act of racism regardless of any contradictory facts. The police are guilty until proven guilty to them. Blacks murder blacks every day, but those same racist activists ignore that which is the real travesty in our society.

chiefd
chiefd

The ghetto lottery wants an winner. What don't these clowns understand that a knife is as deadly as a gun. Of course, they have a great mayor who wants to be president. Is this the kind of country we would have if he succeeds?

Flynguy
Flynguy

When all cops toss their badges in the street and say... You’re on your own motherfuckers, I hope I’m still young enough to help exterminate the vermin the left has become. Like BerettaAPX said, it’s coming!!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I love my job, but shyt like this makes me nervous about going to work. I imagine a scenario occurring like this and have to fire my duty weapon. It's a split second decision and I hope I never have to do it. I only know one deputy that has and it changed his life forever. Fortunately the subject in that instance was only wounded and not killed.

After reading this, I want to say that I will never do business with gofundme again, but how can I? If a person creates a page and donations are in dire need I will make them. Going forward though, I will never recommend that anyone use the platform. I'm also glad that the fund for Sgt O'Neill is working and growing beyond what was raised on the gofundme page.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Athens, GA – A knife-wielding attacker was shot multiple times as he charged at an Athens-Clarke County police officer, but still managed to grab the officer while trying to gain control of the officer’s duty weapon (video below).

More evidence of why you sometimes have to take down an 'armed with a knife' subject. This is a paragraph from another story on this site.

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

It was classified as a hate crime because it was a white police officer defending himself against a black criminal.. not because it was a black criminal attacking a white officer..

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Well, I'm glad this story came out. I will not give another penny to Gofundme!! And I will make sure to tell everyone I know, not to use Gofundme. If we tell enough people, it will put a huge dent in their wallet!!! Gofundme you can go to Hell!!

pixiepup
pixiepup

I will not use GoFundme either. So glad this officer had money raised from another source on Fundly. Good job FOP

61mouse
61mouse

Zuck own go fund me now ?

SaltySarge450
SaltySarge450

Utter B.S. I will add gofundme to the list of businesses I will never use or support.

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

Go Fund Me based there opinion because a Cop was involved. There have been so many Go Fund Me claims that were later found to be totally false and they didn't do anything to them. Ever since that was reported "lies to get rich on" I research every Go Fund Me before I contribute.

C911
C911

GoFundMe is clearly on the left! That’s BS!

Raymelson
Raymelson

GoFundMe sucks want never donate again