More Online Cash Raised for Ferguson Cop Than for Unarmed Black Teenager he Killed

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Aug. 23 2014 4:15 PM

More Online Cash Raised for Ferguson Cop Than for Unarmed Black Teenager He Killed

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A protester displays signs and T-shirt during a rally in support of Officer Darren Wilson on Saturday in St. Louis.

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The controversial online fundraisers for Ferguson cop Darren Wilson are surpassing the amount of money that has been raised for Michael Brown’s family. A crowd-funding page set up by Darren Wilson supporters was shut down Friday after supporters raised $234,910 from 5,901 people in five days. A new page was then set up and has so far raised $72,732, notes USA Today. Brown’s memorial fund has so far raised $201,954 in nine days. The fundraising for Wilson grew out of a Facebook page that has garnered almost 60,000 likes. As Slate’s David Weigel pointed out a few days ago, Wilson supporters are raising all this cash even though the Ferguson officer has not been arrested.

Meanwhile, people rallied in St. Louis again on Saturday to support Wilson, who killed 18-year-old Brown. “Many of us have received death threats against ourselves and our families,” a Wilson supporter said, reports Mediaite. “Contrary to media suggestions we are not affiliated with any hate groups.” The supporter, who spoke while wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap, declined to give her name: “You want my name? My name is Darren Wilson, we are Darren Wilson.” Another rally has been planned for Sunday.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

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