FERGUSON, Mo. (CBS ST. Louis) – Supporters of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson successfully crowd-sourced the funds to put up a #PantsUPDontLOOT billboard in Ferguson.
Don Alexander of Brentwood, Tenn., raised the over $3,000 to place the billboard in the Ferguson area amid months of racial tensions vandalism from riots following the Aug. 9 shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
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On the Indiegogo crowdfunding page, Alexander wrote, “This crowdfunding campaign is for the purchase of a billboard in the Ferguson, MO area. The billboard will display black text on a white background with the text ‘#PantsUPDontLoot’.”
Alexander said the crowd funds were helped in part by commenters from St. Louis Coptalk, an online forum for area police officers and supporters.
The first-credited use of the “pants up, don’t loot” phrase is from a National Review article taking a dig at the “Hands up, don’t shoot” phrase being used by protestors seeking an indictment of Wilson.
Alexander said he is keeping the location of “the exact billboard/company undisclosed because the companies we choose are being targeted with the intention of shutting us down and making it impossible for the project to move forward.”
The crowdfunding page was initially launched on Oct. 28 with a goal of $3,000. The funding period is slated to close of Dec. 17.
Alexander told Raw Story, “Whatever funds we receive will go directly to keeping the billboard campaign up as long as possible. If we come to an agreement with a company and can fund it for three months, five months, seven months…, we will.”
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