Facebook Page Supporting Officer Who Fatally Shot Michael Brown Surpasses 30K ‘Likes’
ST. LOUIS, Mo (CBS St. Louis) – It’s been a little over a week since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown, causing nationwide protests. Now a Facebook page in support of Wilson has been created.
The page, “Support Darren Wilson,” has amassed over 30,000 likes in 10 days. The about section on the page explains, “This page is a way to show our Support for Officer Darren Wilson! We believe in all of our LEOs and want to publicly stand up for him!”
One of the links on the page is for a company that is selling a “Support Officer Darren Wilson” t-shirt. On the front of the navy blue shirt, it has a police officer’s badge with the phrase “Officer Darren Wilson, I Stand By You 8-9-14.” The back of the shirt features the phrase “We’ve Got Your 6” in bold white letters.
According to Teespring.com, the proceeds from the sale of the $18 shirts will go directly to Wilson and his family.
“We appreciate everyone’s support and hope that you are able to wear this shirt with pride knowing you are helping an officer both financially and by spreading our support worldwide,” a statement on teespring.com noted.
So far, more than 400 t-shirts have been sold. The website lists that the goal is to sell 1,000 t-shirts and less than 8 days remain to meet that goal.
In addition to the t-shirts, a gofundme fundraising campaign has also been launched with a goal to raise $100,000 for Wilson and his family. The account was created Aug. 17 by Allison Wilson and has already raised more than $10,000 from over 280 donations. It isn’t clear if Allison Wilson is related to the police officer.
According to The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the South Carolina-based New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan said its Missouri chapter is offering its support and raising money for Wilson.
“We are setting up a reward/fund for the police officer who shot this thug,” the Klan group said in an email to the SPLC. “He is a hero! We need more white cops who are anti-Zog and willing to put Jewish controlled black thugs in their place. Most cops are cowards and do nothing while 90% of interracial crime is black (and non-white) on white.”