Perhaps the most well known and important legal principle in the United States is that you are innocent until proven guilty. If you take that rule away then there would be chaos. We aren’t a country who hangs someone in the public square without giving them their day in court. There are of course awful countries who do that. It certainly doesn’t happen in any country that I’d want to live in.
Given all of this, I don’t understand how so many crowd funding companies refuse to accept campaigns for police officers who are accused of wrong doing. I get that not every officer out there is innocent, but should they have any less rights than any other accused person? Of course not. That is ridiculous. But every week I read an article about a crowd funding service that is kicking off campaigns that were set up to help with the legal defense or family needs of an arrested officer. It makes me sick.
There are few guarantees in life, but I can give you one. If you are a police officer or fraternal order of police organization looking to raise funds to defend one of your own, we are glad to help you try and meet that goal. We don’t take sides in any case other than wanting everyone to have a fair shot at a just result in the courtroom. Crowd funding should be an option for police officers and members of their union should be disturbed by the trend of some companies not accepting their campaigns.
We use the same online security and payment processing systems as the biggest crowd funding companies out there and have a niche to help ANYONE with legal troubles who needs the support of their friends, family and community. We are a reliable source for any police officer and here to help you if you need it.
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Michael Helfand is the CEO of FundedJustice.com and an attorney in Chicago who also founded the Illinois lawyer referral and legal guidance service www.illinoislawyers.com.