Nov 25, 2021
GoFundMe removes page raising $5M in bail money for Waukesha parade massacre suspect
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A GoFundMe page raising money for the $5 million bail to get the Waukesha, Wisconsin, Christmas parade massacre suspect, Darrell Brooks, released from jail was has been taken down.
The page, set up by someone using the name James Norton, was removed "before any funds were raised because it violates GoFundMe Terms of Service," a GoFundMe spokesperson told the New York Post .
The individual who created the page was "banned from using the GoFundMe platform for any future fundraisers," the representative added.Darrell Brooks, center, is escorted out of the courtroom after making his initial appearance, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wisconsin. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, Pool)
Brooks, the suspected driver of the red SUV that plowed into the parade on Sunday, killing six people and injuring dozens more, is a 39-year-old who was taken into custody and charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide . If convicted for all five counts he currently faces, Brooks could spend the rest of his life in prison.
When Brooks made his first court appearance on Tuesday, prosecutors revealed that a sixth person, a child, had also died, which could result in an additional homicide charge for Brooks.
The GoFundMe page set up to raise money to pay the $5 million bail set by a judge defended Brooks, who already had a lengthy criminal record.
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"As someone who knows Darrell personally I can tell you that he would NEVER do such a thing and I know he is innocent of what he was charged with," the person behind the fundraiser claimed.
The page said it was seeking to raise the bail for Brooks to be “released and speak his truth to his side of the story in this tragic situation that sees another black man behind bars in a purely political and racist trial."
The Washington Examiner reached out to GoFundMe for a statement.
The child who died has been identified as 8-year-old Jackson Sparks. The other five others who were killed have been identified as being James Coolidge, 52, Tamara Durand, 52, Wilhelm Hospel, 82, Leanna Owens, 71, and Virginia Sorenson, 79.
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Separately, GoFundMe is once again allowing fundraising for Kyle Rittenhouse's legal fees after the platform removed his campaigns for violating its policy against aiding people accused of violent crimes.
The fundraising platform released a statement explaining that Rittenhouse's acquittal on a all charges in a homicide trial Friday permits him to use the platform to fundraise again as his situation no longer violates its terms and conditions against "raising money for the legal defense of an alleged violent crime."News GoFundMe donations Christmas Wisconsin parades
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Elon Musk slams Biden's plan to spend government money on electric vehicles
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he's against President Joe Biden's spending bill, pointing to his concerns with the "insane" federal deficit.
"Honestly, I would just can this whole bill," Musk said late Monday during the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council Summit. "Don't pass it, that's my recommendation."
The Build Back Better Act, which has passed in the House but has yet to go to the Senate, includes tax incentives of up to $12,500 for vehicles built by autoworker union members to spur consumer demand in electric vehicles. The Biden administration's efforts would reinstate a $7,500 federal credit for Tesla, which doesn't have union workers building cars, once again giving Tesla the same credits that many other automakers are still eligible for. But Tesla has been operating without the standard $7,500 for nearly two years now and is doing just fine, Musk said.
The Build Back Better Act comes on the back of Biden's infrastructure bill, which was signed into law last month. It includes $7.5 billion to build out the nation's electric vehicle charging stations. Musk also added Monday that government funds for EV charging is unnecessary.
"Do we need support for gas stations? We don't," Musk said. "So there's no need for support for a charging network. I would delete it. I'm literally saying get rid of all subsidies, but also for oil and gas."
Musk said that the government should act more of a sports referee, rather than a player on the field. Still, he admitted some infrastructure could use improvements, like airports and highways.
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