A GoFundMe campaign to support the police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown has thus far outgrossed a dueling campaign soliciting funds for Brown’s family in their quest for justice.
One campaign, titled Michael Brown Memorial Fund, has raised $130,842 over the course of 8 days. The Support Officer Darren Wilson campaign, meanwhile, has already raised $151,257 after being online for 3 days.
Wilson shot and killed Brown on Saturday, Aug 9. The shooting has led to widespread unrest in the community of Ferguson, MO, which has been the scene of daily protests and clashes with law enforcement for over a week. The focus of national attention and renewed debate over racial tensions in America, the conflict has drawn the attention of the media and attorney general Eric Holder who visited the besieged town on Wednesday.
Brown’s memorial campaign, which “will assist his family with costs that they will acquire as they seek justice on Michael’s behalf,” is backed by Adner Marcelin, who is the assistant of Benjamin Crump, the Brown family’s attorney. The page states none of the funds will go towards legal fees.
Requests for more information on the creators of the Wilson campaign, listing only an anonymous moniker of “Stand Up,” have not yet been answered.
While Wilson’s campaign has raised more funds than Brown’s, more individual donors have contributed to the latter. Brown’s donors have given an average of $27.37 each, while the average Wilson donor each gave $40.21.