The exact details of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson are not known, partly because Officer Wilson didn't fill out a police report and the St. Louis County Police Department released a police report with no description of the Ferguson, Mo., shooting on Aug. 9.
Despite that, a "Support Darren Wilson" GoFundMe.com page was set up for Officer Wilson on Aug. 17 and has brought in over $200,000.
The GoFundMe.com page states:
As a group, "Support Darren Wilson" is comprised of many people who want to give others the opportunity to support Officer Darren Wilson during this time. Some of us have never met Officer Darren Wilson while others are close family friends or even family themselves... We anticipate these funds will be used to cover potential legal fees, relocation and living expenses of both Officer Darren Wilson and his immediate family.
Beyond financial support, Salon.com reports that many donations made on the GoFundMe.com page have included racist and hateful comments.
Ferguson community organizer Shaun King tweeted some screenshots of the offensive comments by donors before they were removed by GoFundMe.com:
I would have donated double this amount, but you missed his accomplice.
Thanks for taking out the trash.
Someone using the name "Michael Brown" wrote:
I want to apologize to Darren Wilson and the people of Ferguson for my bad behavior. I was a thug and would have taken a bullet sooner or later, most likely from one of my peers or someone defending themselves from violence I instigated again them. All Darren Wilson was save the community a lot of trouble. I hope to become a peaceful butterfly when I am reincarnated. Though the guys up here in limbo with me say I’ll likely become a cockroach or parasite of some sort.
The Guardian notes the racist comments included:
Don’t let the savages win.
We appreciate your service in the animal control division of the Ferguson police department.
A spokeswoman for GoFundMe.com stated on Friday: “Some donors’ comments have contained content that is in violation of GoFundMe’s terms and have been removed accordingly. The content of the campaign itself is not in violation of GoFundMe’s terms of service.”
GoFundme.com takes a percentage from each donation as a usage fee.
According to another tweet by King and Twitter user "missellabell," many of the racist posts were coming from a forum on the website 4Chan.org where a plan was written out:
Cause as much butthurt as possible. This will cause news agencies & SJWs to spread the campaign like n------ spread Ebola in Africa, making it known far and wide. All their hate will result in pro-Wilson folks hearing about it & donating money, causing even more SJW ass-pain, which is our ultimate goal.