Bobby Whithorne said when a GoFundMe account is created, “funds are collected by our payment processors, held, and then released only to the person named as the beneficiary. Before any money can be withdrawn, the beneficiaries must accept the donations. If they accept the donations, their information, including their banking information, will be verified by our payment processor.”
As for pages that have been created for Suiter’s family, Whithorne said no funds have been withdrawn and the company has reached out to the campaign organizers and law enforcement officials to make sure any funds raised go to the detective’s family.
Retired Baltimore police officer Aaron Perkins created a GoFundMe page on behalf of his group Smoking Shields' Maryland Chapter that raised $400 before it was taken down. As a retired Baltimore police officer, Perkins said he felt it was his duty to raise money for Suiter's family. Many other members of the Smoking Shields' Maryland Chapter, officers who get together to smoke cigars, are also retired city police.
The group intended to deliver the money to the police department, which could then pass the funds to the Suiters.
"Even though we're retired, that doesn't mean we don't still bleed blue," Perkins said. "Each one of us has been on that front line and seen our brothers and sisters go down."