A Seattle police officer suing to block new use-of-force policies has set up an Internet fundraising page to help pay for the legal fight, calling the federally mandated reforms “the greatest threat to the city’s public safety in our time,” reports the Associated Press. Robert Mahoney, the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit brought by 113 officers, created the crowdfunding Saturday with a goal of $100,000 on the website GoFundMe. By Friday morning, his effort had raised just $3,115 from 32 donors.
Mahoney’s intitiative signaled the officers’ intent to fully pursue their suit, which alleges the policies violate their constitutional right to self-defense and put them and the public in danger. The legal battle has grown increasingly acrimonious, with the officers alleging in court papers last week that the city is “playing politics” with their lives. The use-of-force policies, which went into effect Jan. 1, grew out of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation that found Seattle police had routinely used excessive force and displayed disturbing, if inconclusive evidence, of biased policing.