Orlando, Fla - The Fraternal Order of Police still have the link to the fundraiser for Orlando Police Officer Anthony Wongshue on their Facebook page, but when you click on the link it says Campaign Not Found.
Wongshue turned himself in. last week, after he was indicted on a manslaughter charge last week for the May 7, 2018 killing of Juan Alberto Silva, 32.
Silva was an accomplice in a shoplifting bust at a Marshall’s in Colonial Plaza in Orlando, police said.
Investigators said the officers were responding to a nearby crash when they were called for a reported shoplifting at the store.
The officers asked Silva to stop his van, but he drove away, and they shot him, police said.
Only Wongshue was charged in the shooting.
As for the GOFUNDME.com campaign, Nearly $3000 had been raised to assist Officer Wongshue in less than an hour.
In a second Facebook post, the F.O.P. said all of the GOFUNDME donations will be refunded by the site but, they would begin another campaign on a different platform soon.
Immediately after the arrest the Fraternal Order of Police issued the following statement.
"As members of the Orlando Police Department return from Washington D.C. where they honored Fallen Heroes from around the nation, the Fraternal Order of Police was saddened to hear of the recent charges placed against Master Police Ofﬁcer Anthony Wongshue. It is particularly disturbing because this matter had been looked into for the better part of a year without charges being ﬁled. During that time, Master Police Ofﬁcer Wongshue made himself fully available to the investigation.
A Police Ofﬁcer's job, at its essence, is to protect citizens from each other. In doing so, they put their lives on the line every day and risk their safety in every situation they come upon. We would ask that, as this long journey begins for Master Police Ofﬁcer Wongshue to prepare and present his side of the story, that he be given the same courtesies, rights and protections that he has given to all others to whom he has sworn to protect for 16 plus years.
As with all those he has had to arrest, he is presumed innocent and the state must prove his guilt beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt. As an organization, we staunchly stand with Master Police Ofﬁcer Wongshue today and in the future as he faces this challenge.
Please keep Master Police Ofﬁcer Wongshue and all law enforcement ofﬁcers in your thoughts and prayers."