Over $500,000 In Crowdfunding Raised For Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson

Racially charged campaigns stop taking donations online

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The Crowdfunding site GoFundMe faces pressure to shut down fundraising campaigns collecting money for controversial police officers accused of misconduct. The site has decided to shut down a campaign seeking funds for Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting six women while on duty. But the site refused to stop the campaign raising funds for Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown last month. The “Support Officer Wilson” fundraising efforts have amassed over $500,000 on GoFundMe and Facebook.

Holtzclaw, a 27-year-old former college football player, is facing charges of rape, sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy, and stalking. The women were all African-American, between the ages of 34 and 58. Holtzclaw is at the center of a fervent social media campaign including a Facebook page and GoFundMe campaign launched by his sister Jenny Holtzclaw, which raised more than $7,000 in nine days before it was shut it down.

Kelsea Little, a spokeswoman for GoFundMe, told the LA Times simply that the site conducts internal content reviews of campaigns in the event of a high volume of complaints.

The decision to shut down the Holtzclaw campaign contrasts GoFundMe’s handling of the Wilson campaign. Despite intense criticism that it was collecting “reward money for a lynching”, boycott threats and more than 100,000 ColorOfChange.org members calling on GoFundMe to remove the Wilson donation pages and return all profits, the company took no clear steps beyond deleting racist comments. GoFundMe remained resolute in its assertion that pro-Wilson fundraising efforts do not violate its terms. In fact, GoFundMe even doubled-down on its defense of the Wilson fundraisers in a blogpost.

“GoFundMe did the right thing by taking down the Daniel Holtzclaw fundraiser, and we urge them to follow suit with Darren Wilson – removing the pages once and for all and returning all profits. GoFundMe’s defense of the Darren Wilson fundraisers has been appalling,” says Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org. “There is no such thing as a ‘neutral technology platform.’ By facilitating with Darren Wilson and his supporters, the company is taking a side.”

Robinson adds, “The Darren Wilson GoFundMe pages lower the social and financial costs of killing Black men and boys. They send the message that you will be supported in the aftermath of taking Black life. We’ve seen this before when Trayvon Martin was murdered.”

Robinson also urges the company update its ‘Terms and Conditions’ so that perpetrators of racially-motivated or sexual violence can never fundraise on the platform again. “The ColorOfChange community will be paying close attention to what GoFundMe does next, and are ready to escalate our campaign if we’re met with silence or inadequate responses.”

However, the site is no longer collecting money. The Support Officer Darren Wilson campaign, which raised over $235,000 of its $300,000 goal, has stopped accepting donations without any explanation. According to the LA Times reports, a GoFundMe spokesman was quick to point out that the company was not responsible for halting donations.

Also, the Facebook page Support Darren Wilson stopped accepting donations on Saturday, with more than $430,000 having been raised. A Facebook post promoting Wilson T-shirts and other merchandise sates,  “Please redirect Badges for Darren to the Ferguson PD. Thank you for your continued support. We understand that there will be many unanswered questions and concerns and we will update supporters as soon as we have the answers.”

 
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  • This is how they truly feel about you, black people. Why can’t you see that? They murder your sons and reward the murderer of your son. #DarrenWilson never would have made a million dollars as a police officer. But, he murder a black kid, and is rewarded. This purely HATE people.
    What gets me is how you black men go and run their footballs, shoot their basketballs do everything to please them and they make all this money off of you, in despite of your love for them they continually shit on you, EVERYDAY! All along we kill each other. Time to wake up, if that’s possible black people if that’s possible.

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    • Chris

      This is not hate. It is the concept of “innocent until proven guilty,” which is not decided by public bias. The things you say here could be turned around just as easily. You hate white people. You hate white police officers. You hate anyone who wants a white person to have a fair trial. You hate anyone who disagrees with you, anyone who has a different viewpoint, and anyone who has a different opinion. Oh, and of course, everyone should acknowledge this true nature of yours because there certainly could be no extenuating circumstances behind your hate of all of us.

    • Pamela Hyman

      sad but true

    • Sam Durham

      What about the unarmed white kid shot by a black cop in Salt Lake City? Should we take the example of the good folks of Ferguson by taking to the streets, rioting a stealing from working people that have nothing to do with this. I’m sick of your God damn double standard. Idiot.

    • Vivian Lee

      He was protecting his life from a thug. Stop the hysteria and face reality.

  • witness

    Wilson has not been charged, and thus has no legal costs to cover. This money is a bounty paid to him, by white citizens who have no actual facts about what happened. Wilson has not even told his story nor made a report. Numerous eyewitnesses saw him chase and execute Mike Brown in cold blood, because he saw the young man jaywalk. Mike Brown’s body was left uncovered in the street for over four hours. None of this would or has happened to a white youth. It is an outrage. The white citizens who gave half a million dollars to Wilson, support the murder of an unarmed Black youth. It is as disgraceful a moment in white American history as are the many photographs that show white Americans, old and young, smiling and celebrating at lynchings. & I mean actual lynchings (Google them), not the misused modern word. Racism has caused you to lose your soul. May God have mercy on you. Shame.

    • Sean Constable

      The GoFundMe pages supporting Officer Wilson stopped accepting donations because the organizers were unsure about effects on the tax-exempt status of the Shield of Hope 501(c) (3) charity that they had chosen to handle the funds. This information is no secret, as it has been widely reported. The supporters of Officer Wilson are going above, and beyond, in their due diligence. Officer Wilson will only receive funds to supplement his legal defense, living expenses related to his relocation (contrary to some rumors, NO public money is being paid for his relocation). Any remaining money will be used by the FOP Charity for assisting other officers and their families that find themselves in need of assistance. This is NOT a bounty.

    • Al Eng

      Yep officer Wilson just woke up that day and said I am go to kill a black boy in front of witnesses mostly black and possibly get killed doing it and ruin my career and life and possibly go to jail where we know they love police in jail. Yeah makes perfect sense.

    • Vivian Lee

      This money is more for him to relocate to a safe place away from violent liberals.
      His life has been destroyed by a thug’s attack.
      Brown wasn’t “unarmed” he had two beefy arms he used to crust the officer’s eye socket.

  • Sean Constable

    The GoFundMe pages supporting Officer Wilson stopped accepting donations because the organizers were unsure about effects on the tax-exempt status of the Shield of Hope 501(c) (3) charity that they had chosen to handle the funds. This information is no secret, as it has been widely reported. The supporters of Officer Wilson are going above, and beyond, in their due diligence.

  • He Man

    So Wilson supporters will send money (as much as the can afford) and then go online and spew out shit like broken eye socket or faked photos of his injuries and state them as they were facts. I mean cmon people the official police report of this doesn’t even give one bit of description of what happened! You people are just full of hate and will send as much money to this murderer as you possible can. Daren Wilson was just as big as Michael, he was trained to stop idiots like Michael without lethal force but chose to kill him instead when Michael was no longer a threat. Theres is even audio of the incident. Officer dumbass is toast.

    • Vivian Lee

      Wow, you are an idiot. You must be a liberal.

  • Sam Durham

    Who’s Who’s victim? Research it !

    US Ratio

    White 63%
    Black 12.4%

    2007 Crime FBI
    Black on White 433,934 8x more
    White on Black 55,685

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  • GoodGooglyMoogly

    The Go Fund Me deletion has been the only national outrage about the sexual assault of EIGHT black women. Bringing up the Ferguson page makes no sense since they have not been soliciting donations for a while and for all intensive purposes is inactive. Symbolism? Perhaps they have learned something from the Darren Wilson page? Instead of knocking Go Fund Me for doing the right thing what about the lack outrage over this assault on African-Americans. The brave mother and daughter who stopped this monster on their own when they reported him and the Oklahoma City Police who took more care for the victims than our so called “leaders/ spokespeople” Sharpton, Dyson, West and media have are heros. The police abuse the vulnerable and that includes women; the bigger issue about the Holtzclaw case is the lack of outrage from national black “leadership”. There is a possibility that there are more victims this goes on in cities across the country. BE should do an article about how women of color are especially at risk to sexual abuse by law enforcement and what the community can do to support these women.

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