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Petition Asks GoFundMe to Return Profits from Fundraisers for Officer Darren Wilson

Categories: Michael Brown

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Officer Darren Wilson's second GoFundMe fundraising page.
Supporters of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who sparked weeks of unrest after he shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, have raised so much money to support him that they had to open a second online fundraiser.

On the fundraising website GoFundMe, supporters needed just seventeen days to raise more than $420,000 for the officer, portrayed as either a hero or a monster in many of the reports and conversations around the country about Ferguson.

But a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the voice of black America is calling out the popular fundraising site for profiting off Wilson's fundraisers, saying the site is financially exploiting racial intolerance and murder.

See also: 7 Peaceful Ways to Respond to Michael Brown's Death, Ferguson Unrest

Color of Change, founded after Hurricane Katrina to empower black people, has launched a petition demanding that GoFundMe return the profits it has made from campaigns for Wilson. The fundraising site automatically charges 7.9 percent and 30 cents per donation in the U.S. and Canada.

"GoFundMe should return any money it has made from Darren Wilson fundraising pages, and take them down immediately," the petition says. "Profiting off the killing of Michael Brown is not okay. Profiting off of racially-motivated donors is not okay."

Color of Change says it has 83,000 signatures so far and is aiming for 100,000.

On the petition, Color of Change says GoFundMe will be violating its own terms of service through the "financial exploitation of a crime" if Wilson is charged in relation to Brown's shooting.

Color of Change has had success with its petitions before. In January 2013, Oxygen Media opted not to air the reality show All My Babies' Mamas about the life of rapper Shawty Lo and the ten women who have birthed his eleven children after 45,000 people signed a Color of Change petition against the show.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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whtwouldjsusdo
whtwouldjsusdo

When will they protest the way M. Brown was NOT given a chance at a future because his parent (s) never saved for any college fund EVER. His 'college' dreams consisted of dreaming. He was an overgrown thug whose family's commitment to him was only realized once he was dead. Look at the facts, look at the community that raised this child who punched a popo officer in the face then tried to steal his weapon, then ask what would YOU have done HONESTLY!

Laura Adams
Laura Adams

seems to me people were pretty upset about Trayvon Martin's death, but where is Zimmerman now?

Derek Spuds
Derek Spuds

I donated$100 bucks, I hope he can use it for a BBQ with his friends and family when this mess is over.

Will Weed
Will Weed

No n3ed you're doing a fine job promoting yourself

Will Weed
Will Weed

You mean the one that didnt call the cops?

Will Weed
Will Weed

Little do you know Leland that you are actually supporting your fellow racists as well but you're ok with that right?

Will Weed
Will Weed

Typical baby dick response right there^

Will Weed
Will Weed

If he was being railroaded he would be locked up where he should be.

Christina Eldridge
Christina Eldridge

What crime was this? Did he enter a guilty plea or have a trial? No? So he's not guilty.

Angie Stamme
Angie Stamme

This is simply a way to mess with Officer Wilson. This Colors of Change group could care less if GoFundMe makes a profit or not. They just want to make life harder for Mr. Wilson. Period. And I love how Colors of Change outright assumes people who donate to support the officer are automatically called racist. SMH

Angie Stamme
Angie Stamme

Legal fees, & he the cost of having to move his household. Everything isn't free, people. I'm sure he will have other legalities to pay for too, such as civil suits. It shocks me how unthinking people are....No wait. I'm not shocked. He had death threats. The man had to move and move his whole family!

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

How about we tax payers defund all welfare section 8 housing food stamps and healthcare ? Let folks get off the gravy train. Good times be a over !!

Jeffrey Elliott
Jeffrey Elliott

Regardless of what side you take on this issue, this is clearly a scam.

Troy Woods
Troy Woods

Wilson is a murderer! Plain and simple! The boy was unarmed! A cowardly act!!!!

Kenneth Lee M
Kenneth Lee M

Crime? Wilson has been tried and convicted already?

Lourie Chatfield
Lourie Chatfield

Give him a public defender if he can't afford an attorney! This is B.S!

Lourie Chatfield
Lourie Chatfield

Legal fees.. Ha! That's funny!! Give him a public defender if he can't afford a lawyer

Lourie Chatfield
Lourie Chatfield

Cops get paid leave and pay for nothing. Even in the situations of the victims being compensated, it doesn't come out of the corrupt, law breaking, criminal cop. After they have a nice loooong paid vacation, they pay for nothing. There is rarely justice and accountability. This dude is making money off this trajic incident? Absolutely PATHETIC!!

Ashpit Digger
Ashpit Digger

RFT screams racism all the time. Look at this entire story, it's racist from the word go !

Colleen Peck
Colleen Peck

And would he tell the truth or cover his actions?

Hollie Rollings
Hollie Rollings

John even if you had the power to do so, you would be looking at a lawsuit for libel. I would advise against it.

Lisa Dowell
Lisa Dowell

Awww his poor family, ALL alive and well with a quarter million dollars. I feel so bad for them. SMH

Todd Alan
Todd Alan

Since the only person we know for a fact committed a crime why is it not mr brown who's funding site is being shut down?

Marlin Rogers
Marlin Rogers

Thanks RTF. you scrum. My donation is my business. I worked for it, it's mine to do as I See. Didn't Al Sharpton ask for a donation when he was in the mega church

Jay Davis
Jay Davis

im sure they can replenish the 60 bucks for the cigars..

Andrew G Fritschle
Andrew G Fritschle

How stupid can they be. The money isn't being donated to officer Wilson isn't because a thug got killed. It's to help him provide for his family. And the Brown family has been making money off their thug son.

lindarose2221
lindarose2221

Gee will I get double if I murder two black kids. 

Craig Kahn
Craig Kahn

I support him going to prison, and I support him taking it up the poopshoot while in prison.

Stewart Preston
Stewart Preston

does everyone know that similar money has been raised for the Brown family? Now what could they possibly need money for beyond funeral expenses? Talk about misdirected donations. All that money should be going to the looted businesses in Ferguson. Not sure who is controlling it all.

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

Give back the Michael Brown fund raising then also.

Jorge Montoya
Jorge Montoya

The article itself says it is a group of black activist doing this. (my wording, but it is in the article.)

Jorge Montoya
Jorge Montoya

Tammy Dunn--exactly right. They will milk this for money as long as possible. The cop cannot make that much money. He did his job and THAT IS ALL--Michael could have been smurf blue and the results would have been this way, this is not a racist crime just because people who want to profit-fame or money- from it say so. He deserves the support. This is wrong against him. It needs to stop.

David Woodson
David Woodson

I'm getting tired of all you people out there putting down officer Wilson. What happen to not guilty until proven other wise.About time for people to stand up for him and his family.Seems like there is so many people blinded by the news media. Its time to listen instead of saying he guilty.

Michael Margulis
Michael Margulis

Boo hoo I was bullied....kid should get his ass kicked not shot 57 times

Kevin Vance
Kevin Vance

What I don't understand is the United States will come together to give a criminal money (ie. George Zimmerman etc) but nobody wants to come together and donate to curb world hunger and homelessness??? And this right here folks is why this country is going to hell and a handbasket very fast.

Michael Margulis
Michael Margulis

Maybe self defense on the first 6 bullets but unless the guy was a zombie the head shot was just for giggles

Darla Cook
Darla Cook

No crime has been charged. So unless they have inside info, they are wrong. Will money raised for Mike Brown be given to the store clerk he was so clearly bullying?

Joe Nobodie
Joe Nobodie

crime dose pay. guess that college tuition is fer suckers

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