Support is growing for the officer who shot an 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Missouri, with several Facebook pages and an online fundraising campaign for his legal defense raising $40,000 in just 48 hours.
As more facts have emerged in the case over the past couple of days, Officer Darren Wilson is finding more people in his corner, supporting his decision to fire on Michael Brown, a 6-foot-4 teenager who weighed over 300 pounds but was unarmed at the time of the shooting.
Wilson’s supporters have established a fundraising page on his behalf at GoFundMe.com. But that page is not easy to find. That’s because the website’s search engine does not produce results for Wilson’s campaign, like it does for a similar fundraising page for Brown’s family.
Searches for “Darren Wilson” and “Officer Darren Wilson” yielded no results at GoFundMe.com Tuesday. A user can view the page if they know the specific URL, which is at http://www.gofundme.com/supportofficerwilson.
Wilson’s supporters had raised $45,135 as of Tuesday evening with a goal of raising $100,000. The money was raised from 1,044 people in two days.
The administrator of the page, contacted by WND, asked not to be contacted further by the press, fearing that she could become a target of violence.
“Thank you for reaching out. We are not interested in speaking with the press at this time,” she wrote in an email to WND. “Please do not attempt to contact myself or any member of my family.”
“We stand behind Officer Darren Wilson and his family during this trying time in their lives,” a statement on the site said. “All proceeds will be sent directly to Darren Wilson and his family for any financial needs they may have including legal fees.”
The Michael Brown Memorial Fund, by comparison, had raised $89,133 as of 3 p.m., surpassing its original goal of $80,000. The money has been raised in five days from 3,651 people. The Brown family’s page pops up as the second listing on the site when a user searches “Michael Brown.” The stated purpose of the fundraising drive is listed as legal expenses for the Brown family.
“These funds will assist his family with costs that they will acquire as they seek justice on Michael’s behalf. All funds will be given to the Michael Brown family,” the page states and is undersigned by Benjamin L. Crump, the Brown family attorney.
Written by LEO HOHMANN
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