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Fundraiser to Help defend Officer Ryan O'Neill

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:00 am

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Re: Fundraiser to Help defend Officer Ryan O'Neill

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:04 am


GoFundMe..... Shame on you!



South Bend FOP moves crowdfunding for officer in shooting to new site after complaints
By Howard Dukes South Bend Tribune 45 min ago


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SOUTH BEND — The city’s police union has moved the crowdfunding campaign for the officer involved in the shooting of Eric Logan from GoFundMe to another site, claiming “anti-police activists” pressured GoFundMe.


The campaign is now on fundly.com/defend-officer-ryan-o-neill. Harvey Mills, president of FOP Lodge 36, said GoFundMe opted to cancel the campaign for Sgt. Ryan O’Neill.

The original page description said it had been started to help O’Neill pay “legal defense and communications” costs. Logan’s family filed a lawsuit against the city after, authorities say, O’Neill shot Logan on June 16 while investigating reports of a car burglary. O’Neill has said Logan approached him with a raised knife and ignored orders to drop the weapon.

Ryan Stubenrauch, spokesman for the FOP, said that he was told that GoFundMe had received complaints about the campaign.

Stubenrauch said that he did not know who lodged the complaints, but he responded with an email noting O’Neill was not charged with a crime but was a defendant in a civil lawsuit. A release by the FOP on Monday also defended O’Neill’s actions and said the shooting was justified.

Harvey Mills, president of the South Bend FOP, said in a statement, “Shockingly, GoFundMe told us that they cancelled the campaign because it was in support of a hate crime. 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.” :evil: :naughty: :liar: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

Stubenrauch said the response from GoFundMe’s community management team stated that it is the site’s sole discretion to cancel campaigns seeking to raise money for the legal defense of alleged crimes associated with hate and other offenses. :naughty: :liar:

Stubenrauch is an Ohio-based attorney who works for the marketing consulting firm Communication Counsel. He said the FOP hired his firm to handle communications because the union was receiving so many media requests.

Stubenrach said the GoFundMe page was up for a little less than 24 hours before he was informed shortly before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday that it was disabled and any donations refunded.

The page had raised more than $5,000 before it was canceled. More than $1,300 has been raised on the new page.


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Re: Fundraiser to Help defend Officer Ryan O'Neill

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:07 am

FOP: GoFundMe Says Campaign for Shooting Involved Officer “…In Support of a Hate Crime”
By Carl Stutsman - July 3, 20190

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GoFundme.com has taken down a crowdfunding campaign for Sgt. Ryan O’Neil, and the local FOP isn’t happy about why.

South Bend FOP President Harvey Mills says he was informed the campaign was taken down because it was “in support of a hate crime”. In a release Tuesday night he says anti-police advocates pressured GoFundMe into the decision.

The full transcript of the press release is below:

SOUTH BEND, IN – Today, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #36 in South Bend, Indiana
announced that its fundraising campaign in support of Sgt. Ryan O’Neill had been cancelled by GoFundMe. In less than a day, the campaign had already raised more than $5,000.

“Anti-police activists must have pressured GoFundMe into cancelling our campaign to help Sgt.Ryan O’Neill pay for his legal defense in a civil lawsuit filed against him,” Harvey Mills, South Bend FOP President said. “Shockingly, GoFundMe told us that they cancelled the campaign because it was in support of a hate crime. 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 FOP announced a new campaign that is being run on another fundraising platform, Fundly.

The Campaign can be accessed here: https://fundly.com/defend-officer-ryan-o-neill

Mills continued, “I find it truly offensive that GoFundMe would cancel our campaign to defend a police officer who hasn’t been accused of a crime while they freely allow violent groups like Antifa to raise money to support criminal acts that have been on the news recently.”

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Re: Fundraiser to Help defend Officer Ryan O'Neill

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:26 am

Crowdfunding effort booms after GoFundMe controversy for South Bend officer in shooting
By Howard Dukes South Bend Tribune Jul 3, 2019

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SOUTH BEND — The city’s police union has moved the crowdfunding campaign for the officer involved in the shooting of Eric Logan from GoFundMe to another site, claiming “anti-police activists” pressured GoFundMe.

An official with GoFundMe said the O'Neill page was taken down because the site does not allow fundraising for a legal defense in a case involving a killing.

The move, and the resulting publicity, including a national TV appearance, drove the fundraising to new heights, with almost $60,000 donated by Wednesday afternoon.

The campaign is now on fundly.com/defend-officer-ryan-o-neill. Harvey Mills, president of FOP Lodge 36, said GoFundMe opted to cancel the campaign for Sgt. Ryan O’Neill.


The original page description said it had been started to help O’Neill pay “legal defense and communications” costs. Logan’s family filed a lawsuit against the city after, authorities say, O’Neill shot Logan on June 16 while investigating reports of a car burglary. O’Neill has said Logan approached him with a raised knife and ignored orders to drop the weapon.

The new page includes a letter from O'Neill that includes a reference to Mayor Pete Buttigieg's run for the White House and reads in part, "Like so many American families, ours is focused on loving each other and working hard. Being thrown into the middle of a Presidential campaign was something we never anticipated. The support we've received is tremendous and has helped to balance the intense pressure we're under."

Ryan Stubenrauch, spokesman for the FOP, said that he was told that GoFundMe had received complaints about the campaign.

Stubenrauch said that he did not know who lodged the complaints, but he responded with an email noting O’Neill was not charged with a crime but was a defendant in a civil lawsuit. A release by the FOP on Monday also defended O’Neill’s actions and said the shooting was justified.

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


Stubenrauch said the response from GoFundMe’s community management team stated that it is the site’s sole discretion to cancel campaigns seeking to raise money for the legal defense of alleged crimes associated with hate and other offenses.

Stubenrauch is an Ohio-based attorney who works for the marketing consulting firm Communication Counsel. He said the FOP hired his firm to handle communications because the union was receiving so many media requests.

Stubenrach said the GoFundMe page was up for a little less than 24 hours before he was informed shortly before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday that it was disabled and any donations refunded.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg walked fine line on race and policing in debate
Pete Buttigieg said he couldn't take sides while the case is under investigation before mentioning 'racism' in the context of the recent fatal shooting


Also on Tuesday night, Mills appeared on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on Fox News to talk about Buttigieg's statements on the Logan shooting. During the appearance, he mentioned GoFundMe's decision and that the fundraising effort had moved to a new site.

The page had raised more than $5,000 on GoFundMe before it was canceled.

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Re: Fundraiser to Help defend Officer Ryan O'Neill

Postby Happy Mom » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:34 am

Questions raised over purpose of fundraiser for South Bend cop in fatal shooting
By Christian Sheckler South Bend Tribune 1 hr ago


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An online Fraternal Order of Police fundraiser has now collected more than $75,000 for South Bend police Sgt. Ryan O’Neill — ostensibly to help defend the officer in court after his fatal shooting of Eric Logan last month.

But whether O’Neill will be on the hook for any out-of-pocket legal fees is in dispute, with some lawyers arguing the city will almost certainly pay for his defense.

The questions about the purpose of the fundraiser come after three tense weeks in which the reaction to Logan’s shooting has created a racially and politically charged atmosphere. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, running for the Democratic presidential nomination, has faced criticism over the police department’s relationship with minorities, as well as accusations by the FOP that he is demonizing the police to score political points.

During an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, local FOP president Harvey Mills slammed Buttigieg and accused the online fundraising site GoFundMe of being anti-police, after the company removed the union’s account for an apparent violation of the site’s policies. A GoFundMe spokesman has said the company prohibits fundraisers for legal defense in cases that involve a person’s death. The FOP moved its page to the site Fundly, where the fundraiser for O’Neill had collected $77,085 as of Saturday afternoon.

“He may be responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees and costs,” the police union said in a news release announcing the fundraiser, adding that O’Neill and his family “don’t have the means to cover such fees and costs.”

The only court case related to Logan’s shooting so far is a federal civil rights lawsuit, filed by members of Logan’s family, alleging O’Neill used excessive force in the June 16 shooting. The lawsuit also claims the city of South Bend is liable for O’Neill’s alleged misconduct because the city’s policies and practices either caused or failed to prevent it.

Because the city pays to defend police officers against civil lawsuits arising from alleged on-the-job civil rights violations, the lawyer representing the Logan family this week denounced the FOP fundraiser as part of what he called a “propaganda” campaign aimed at advancing a narrative of the shooting as a justified use of force.
“What I thought was very disgusting was their claim Mr. O’Neill needs money to defend himself in this case,” said the Logan family’s attorney, Brian Coffman. “The FOP trying to use that to get sympathy to protect their officer is just a scam.”
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Ryan Stubenrauch, a spokesman hired by the FOP, acknowledged the city would defend O’Neill’s actions in the scope of his duties as a police officer. But he argued there are limits to how far the city may go to protect O’Neill and pick up the tab.

“Anytime you’re an employee, you run the risk of being found personally accountable if a jury finds you’re acting outside the scope of your employment,” Stubenrauch said. “The attorney who represents the city is looking out for their client — the city.”

Attorney Peter Agostino said Friday he had been retained to defend the city and O’Neill.

Indiana law requires local governments to pay any compensatory judgment in a case in which an employee is accused, in the scope of his or her employment, of a non-criminal act that violates federal civil rights laws, as well as the employee’s costs and fees to defend against the lawsuit. The law gives local governments the option to also pay settlements and even punitive damages, which a jury can levy to punish a person for outrageous conduct.

In South Bend, the police union’s contract also calls for the city to cover and “hold harmless” officers for claims, judgments and costs for “acts or omissions” in the course of police duties. The contract excuses the city for employees who “willfully or negligently” break the law or the police department’s rules.

Mark Bode, a spokesman for Buttigieg’s administration, said in an email Friday the city “evaluates each case individually” when deciding whether to cover a police officer’s costs in a civil rights suit.

In reality, though, the city’s practice has been to pay officers’ court costs even in cases of clear misconduct, according to lawyers who have represented clients in civil rights lawsuits.

For example, in 2012 the city settled for $55,000 with a man who sued after a South Bend police officer, Theo Robert, punched him while he was handcuffed at the county jail. Robert was suspended 30 days for punching the man, and he later pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge of violating the man’s civil rights.

Robert, who is no longer with the department, said Friday he never paid any money out of pocket in the civil lawsuit.

Attorney Stan Wruble, who represented the plaintiff in the civil suit against Robert, said it was standard practice for the city to pick up those costs.

“I’m not aware of any case arising out of South Bend where the city has required an officer to pay his or her own legal fees or any settlement amount,” Wruble said. “I’ve had a couple settlements where it was clear the officer broke policy, and the city still indemnified him.”

Another lawyer, Johnny Ulmer, who has represented clients in at least two civil rights lawsuits against South Bend police, said he was puzzled by the FOP’s stated goal of raising money to cover O’Neill’s legal fees.

“Nothing’s going to come out of the officer’s pocket,” Ulmer said, “so I didn’t understand why they felt the need to hire an attorney for him.”

Ulmer said the circumstances of Logan’s shooting seemed to be within the scope of O’Neill’s employment. An example of a scenario that would be outside the scope of an officer’s employment by the city would be a case in which an officer is working a side job as a bouncer, he said.

Stubenrauch, the FOP spokesman, said that even if the city covers O’Neill’s costs in the Logan family’s civil suit, it’s possible the officer will need to defend himself against criminal charges. A special prosecutor was appointed last week to review the shooting, but FOP officials have said they do not expect criminal charges against O’Neill because they believe the shooting was justified.

“In theory, the legal fees could end up being a little,” Stubenrauch said, “but the legal fees could end up being well more than (the FOP) ultimately raised.”

Stubenrauch said the money from the fundraiser will go directly to the FOP, which would then use it to support O’Neill. Along with the officer’s legal defense, the FOP has said some of the money will go toward “communications,” but Stubenrauch said he was not sure exactly how the money will be divided.

Stubenrauch, a lawyer, works for an Ohio-based firm that offers public relations and “crisis communications” services. He said he was not authorized to say how much the FOP is paying him for his services.

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Re: Fundraiser to Help defend Officer Ryan O'Neill

Postby Happy Mom » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:37 am

How dare the Logan Family lawyer question money the public wants to give Officer O'Neill... :naughty:
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Re: Fundraiser to Help defend Officer Ryan O'Neill

Postby bubblyone » Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:17 am

As promised, I made my donation. I dont give a dang what they end up doing with it! I can show my support any way I want :whistle:
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Re: Fundraiser to Help defend Officer Ryan O'Neill

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:02 am

South Bend police officer involved in fatal shooting resigns from force
By Howard Dukes South Bend Tribune 23 hrs ago


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RYAN O'NEILL
6/27/2019: no caption, story head: Family sues city, police officer 6/19/2019: no caption, story head: no caption, story head: Officer was once accused of racist remarks 6/18/2019: no caption, story head: No video or witnesses in shooting

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SOUTH BEND — Ryan O’Neill, the officer who fatally shot Eric Logan last month, has resigned from the Police Department.

The local Fraternal Order of Police lodge said in a news release Monday night that the resignation is effective immediately.

The release attributed the move to stress, national media attention, a lawsuit filed by Logan’s family and “hateful things said on social media.” :text-imsorry:

“Sgt. O’Neill did his job and was forced to defend his own life from a convicted felon who was armed with an eight-inch hunting knife,” Harvey Mills, the FOP president, said in the release. “We’re confident that the investigation into the shooting will determine that the action he took was justified based on the law and his training.”

The release also pointed out that a special prosecutor is investigating the shooting to determine whether criminal charges are warranted, and that O’Neill could have been subject to discipline by the Police Department.

O’Neill and his wife have three children, including a newborn.

“These fights are just too much for Sgt. O’Neill and his family to undertake right now,” Mills said in the release.

Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski confirmed Monday night that he had received a resignation letter from O’Neill but declined to comment.

O’Neill shot Logan on June 16 in a downtown parking lot after responding to reports of car break-ins. Authorities have said Logan approached O’Neill with a fixed-blade knife and ignored repeated orders to drop it. The knife had been taken from a car in the area, authorities have said.

O’Neill did not have his body camera turned on at the time of the shooting.

The shooting has drawn national media coverage because of Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s run for president. It has also sparked several protests, calls for police reform, questions about the city’s body camera and use-of-force policies, and new attention to the city’s difficulty in recruiting African-American police officers.

O’Neill also has drawn attention for accusations by two other officers that he made racist remarks about biracial couples and Muslims in 2008. The allegations were included in two recent federal lawsuits.

During a deposition, Ruszkowski acknowledged he was aware of the prior allegations against O’Neill but said the officer was promoted to sergeant in 2015 after he passed a polygraph test.


A crowdfunding campaign by the FOP to raise money for O’Neill has raised nearly $80,000 so far. The union has said the money would help defend the officer in court, though questions have been raised about whether O’Neill will be on the hook for any out-of-pocket legal fees.

Logan’s brother, Tyree Bonds, said O’Neill’s decision does not alter the family’s plan to pursue its lawsuit and that he is still hopeful about the outcome of the special prosecutor’s investigation. He declined further comment. :hand: :liar: :naughty:

Jorden Giger, a local activist who has organized many of the rallies to demand reform, said O’Neill’s resignation was a positive move.

“The fact that he is resigning is a good thing,” he said, adding that he and other activists still want to work with the city on addressing concerns about the Police Department.

The FOP, in defending O’Neill, has also criticized Buttigieg, accusing the mayor of failing to defend police officers, playing politics with the Logan shooting and making divisive comments “solely for his political gain and not for the health of the city he serves.”

Buttigieg, who learned of the resignation Monday evening, said in an emailed statement, “Our efforts to strengthen trust between law enforcement and community members continue. We will await results of the independent criminal investigation, and apply any lessons learned to our work on the future of the Police Department and the community.”

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