An anonymous woman has collected $500,000 in donations for Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson. Nearly 200,000 people contributed to the woman’s campaign, which was launched to help Wilson with his legal battles in the wake of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9th.
According to the NY Daily News, the woman created a Facebook fundraising campaign shortly after the shooting began to make national headlines. Wristbands and t-shirts with the slogan “I Am Darren Wilson” were sold to supporters, and money was collected through two different Facebook pages created by the unidentified woman.
Only a few weeks after Wilson fatally shot Brown and the fundraising began, the campaign was halted in order to allow the nonprofit groups involved the opportunity to figure out what to use the money for. Following the re-launch of the campaign and in the aftermath of the grand jury decision not to indict Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown, the anonymous woman who began the fundraising efforts reported that those efforts yielded more than $500,000 in his defense.
The woman claims that at the rate the donations are being received, the amount raised could potentially double in coming weeks. The woman who launched the social media campaign has chosen to remain anonymous due to ongoing Internet threats.
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Meanwhile, supporters of Michael Brown have continued to protest in response to the grand jury decision. According to the Daily News, 200+ protesters reportedly shut down a mall in Richmond Heights, Missouri, on Black Friday for about an hour after lying across the floor and blocking shoppers from walking around the mall.
“Stop shopping and join the movement!” protesters chanted.
In the past week, protests in Ferguson and beyond have become relatively calm since the initial rioting and looting that occurred the night of prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s press conference announcing the grand jury decision.
Source: NY Daily News / Photo Credit: dailymail.co.uk