Recently, after the KKK began collecting reward money for Officer Darren Wilson to thank him for shooting “typical low-IQ Negro” Michael Brown, scores and scores of “not-racists” joined in, raising more than $230,000 in an initial fundraiser.
Many people donated, including a Maryland police union who, at the suggestion of the national Fraternal Order of Police, threw more than $1,000 into Wilson’s fund rather than officers who are working long hours during the protests in Ferguson.
During its time, the first fundraiser accumulated so many racist comments that GoFundMe was forced to remove many of the remarks that violated its terms of service–but the people organizing the crowdfunding of Darren Wilson’s reward had no issue allowing them to remain until GoFundMe dealt with the problem.
GoFundMe, who collects a cool 5% of profits, was heavily criticized for allowing the fundraiser to remain despite the numerous terms of service violations — but, hey, money. The company “compromised” by shutting down comments shortly before organizers ended the drive. In the pursuit of profit, what’s a few moral compromises, right?
The original fundraiser was shut down, with the torch passed to Shield of Hope–an organization that is headed by Ferguson police officers, a MO State Representative, and a Florissant City councilman, according to The Wire.
The GoFundMe crowdsourcing fundraiser for the Ferguson police officer who killed Michael Brown has been taken over by Shield of Hope, a charity run by the local police union. Since Shield of Hope is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations from here on out will now be tax deductible. The original fundraiser had raised over $235,000 before passing on the torch to Shield of Hope. The new Shield of Hope-run page has raised over $11,000 on its own.Originally called the Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge 15 Charitable Foundation, Shield of Hope was founded in late 2011. (The name was changed shortly after.) According to a filing with the Missouri Secretary of State’s office, the charity’s board of directors include the Ferguson Police Department’s Public Relations Officer Timothy Zoll, Missouri State Rep. Jeffrey Roorda (a former police officer), and Florissant City Council member Joe Eagan.
The Wire reports that Zoll distanced himself from any involvement in planning when they spoke to him–but admits that his organization had been working with the people who had no issue with allowing racist comments to remain.
The Wire spoke with Zoll on Friday evening, who said the goal of the organization is to raise funds to be “allocated to officers in times of need.” When asked why Shield of Hope took over the Wilson GoFundMe from its original founders, Zoll said he was “too busy to have taken a deep role in those discussions,” but the office had been working with the original founders of the Wilson GoFundMe.
Shield of Hope has already raised another $165,000 in blood money for Officer Wilson.
Racism is a gigantic issue in Ferguson and the surrounding area. Darren Wilson previously worked for Jennings Police Department, which was shut down for rampant corruption and racism on the part of police. After he was terminated from Jennings, Wilson was hired at Ferguson. He maintained a clean disciplinary record through his six-year career in policing until the day that Michael Brown was gunned down like a dog in the street.
Much misinformation regarding the homicide has been passed around, including claims that Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture” at the hands of Brown. Blogger Jim Hoft even supplied what he claimed was Wilson’s CT scan, but turned out to be a file image from the University of Iowa. Despite the blatant lie, the story was too juicy for conservative news outlets, who repeated the lie ad nauseum.
Numerous area cops have been suspended for their bigotry, as well. One officer working the Ferguson protests embarked on a racist Twitter rant, which included numerous blatant lies about protesters and an expressed desire to punch Eric Holder in the face. An officer from nearby Glendale called protesters “thugs,” the “socially-acceptable” right-wing “n-word,” and claimed Wilson–the man who lived through the confrontation with Brown–was the real victim in all of this.
A National Guardsman flat-out called protesters “n*ggers.” A St. Louis cop working the protests was found to have issued a bigoted, violent rant at an Oath Keepers meeting two years ago. Police have been caught on tape calling protesters “animals,” and one cop — who claimed his name was Officer “Go F*ck Yourself — told a black member of the media “I will f*cking kill you” as he pointed his weapon at the man.
Little tangible information is available. Since the city of Ferguson previously refused to install dash cameras, there is no official footage of the shooting. An incident report filed by Ferguson police (despite claims it did not exist) contains very little information at all — allegedly, because they turned the investigation over to St. Louis County police, who filed their own bare-bones report.
While police have been lackluster at best in providing information on the actual shooting, they were certain to release a video they claim shows Brown robbing a store–but later admitted the video was unconnected to the shooting. The store owner also came forward through his attorney and explained that neither he, nor any of his employees, called police to report the supposed robbery.
With all this confusion, it’s wonderful that the spirit world told us that Darren Wilson is not a racist through a “Christian” astrologer and psychic. Case. Closed.
Or is it?
CNN aired what is purported to be the audio of Darren Wilson gunning down Michael Brown. In the tape, eleven shots can clearly be heard, with a short pause after the first seven. This, like the independent autopsy, supports witness statements that Wilson gunned down the unarmed teenager in cold blood. Perhaps what is more chilling is that Wilson took the time to think between barrages of bullets.
Watch a CNN report on the recording, below:
h/t: Crooks and Liars