Canada Gerald Stanley GoFundMe Fundraiser Won't Be Removed, Company Says

22:27  11 february  2018
22:27  11 february  2018 Source:   Huffington Post Canada

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A screenshot of a GoFundMe campaign in support of Gerald Stanley . An online fundraiser for a man acquitted of second-degree murder will remain online despite calls for its removal . "The Stanley family has spent thousands upon thousands of dollars surrounding this ordeal," the page says .

Danny J. Stanley needs your help today! FREE JOE STANLEY - Our dear friend Joe is in the ICU right now trying To help our friend Joe pay for his medical expenses I have started a GoFundMe page. We always say that Joe is the best of us guys, and right now he’s feeling all of that love for him.

An online fundraiser for a man acquitted of second-degree murder will remain online despite calls for its removal.

The fundraiser is for Gerald Stanley, acquitted Friday in the shooting death of Cree 22-year-old Colten Boushie.

"Given the jury verdict, this campaign does not violate our terms of service," GoFundMe spokeswoman Rachel Hollis told HuffPost Canada in an email.

A Saskatchewan jury found Stanley not guilty after 13 hours of deliberation on Friday.

Maple Creek, Sask. resident Sam Olson created the fundraiser on behalf of Stanley's son, Sheldon. It's raised nearly $41,000 in one day.

Olson did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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Robert Stanley needs your help today! Help Kira Fight Brain Cancer - Kira is a 16yo girl and despite learning of her condition (innoperable brain tumor) only a few days ago very optimistic and happy. GoFundMe . Raise money for any cause.

My company is Masonry Color Restoration is located at 207 Main Street apartment 2 Milford Ohio 45150. That being said , it is Gerald 's desire to crowdsource the fee but not for nothing. People have raised more money on GoFundMe than anywhere else.

On Twitter, many Canadians called for the campaign to be taken down, saying that it violates GoFundMe's terms and conditions.

GoFundMe's terms state that it cannot be used for "campaigns deemed by GoFundMe, in its sole discretion, to be in support of, or for the legal defense of alleged crimes associated with hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender or gender identity, or serious disabilities or diseases."

'Bring drums': Boushie support rallies planned in Saskatoon, Regina after Stanley not-guilty verdict

  'Bring drums': Boushie support rallies planned in Saskatoon, Regina after Stanley not-guilty verdict 'Bring drums': Boushie support rallies planned in Saskatoon, Regina after Stanley not-guilty verdict People are gathering in Saskatoon, Regina and other Canadian cities Saturday to show their support for the family of Colten Boushie after Gerald Stanley, a Saskatchewan farmer, was acquitted Friday of responsibility for Boushie's death. "There is no justice!" yelled people in the courtroom after the jury foreman read out the verdict Friday night. Moments earlier, the presiding judge had urged calm despite the "raw emotions" felt by those in the room.

Gerald Weber Funeral Expenses - Gerald Weber (44) suddenly passed away 10/27/17 Needing help with funeral arrangements.Anything is appreciated to help this family.Thanks in advance. Start a GoFundMe .

That was until GoFundMe shut down the fundraiser . Here’s what GoFundMe told Bailey “Accordingly, your GoFundMe account has been removed and your campaign is no longer visible on GoFundMe .”

The page for the Stanley campaign states that it is to help the family recoup legal fees and move on from the case.

"The Stanley family has spent thousands upon thousands of dollars surrounding this ordeal," the page says. "All funds raised will be going to the Stanley Family, in an effort to help them recoup some of their lost time, property ... and sanity during this entire difficult situation they have been dealing with over the past two years."

Another GoFundMe campaign, created in September in support of the Boushie family, has raised over $76,000 to date.

"I'd like to thank you for all your sharing and generous donations to this point. The money is helping to take some burden off the family as they pursue justice daily," the page says.

Acquitted of charges

The jury heard that Boushie was shot in the head as he sat in an SUV on Stanley's farm near Biggar, Sask.

The SUV driver testified that the group went to the Stanley property in search of help with a flat tire.

Stanley, 56, testified that he fired warning shots to scare the group off. He said that the fatal shot occurred when he reached into the SUV to grab the keys out of the ignition and his gun "just went off."

With files from The Canadian Press

Also on HuffPost:

Petition wants GoFundMe to drop Stanley page .
An international advocacy group says it has collected thousands of names in a campaign calling for GoFundMe to remove a page that's raising funds for Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley's family. The online petition launched by the group SumOfUs says the crowdfunding website is profiting from the death of Colten Boushie, an Indigenous man who died on Stanley's farm in 2016. A jury acquitted Stanley of second-degree murder in Boushie's death earlier The online petition launched by the group SumOfUs says the crowdfunding website is profiting from the death of Colten Boushie, an Indigenous man who died on Stanley's farm in 2016.

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