GoFundMe Rejects Campaign To Support South Carolina Officer Charged With Murder

by LAUREN C. WILLIAMS –

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Officer Michael Slager (l) and his victim Walter Scott

The popular crowd-funding site GoFundMe rejected a campaign to raise money for the South Carolina officer charged with fatally shooting an unarmed black man last week.

Officer Michael Slager, 33, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder for the killing of 50-year-old Walter Scott after video footage surfaced, showing Scott being shot multiple times with his back turned and running away. The video also appears to show Slager planting a taser by Scott’s body as evidence the shooting was in self-defense.

GoFundMe confirmed it removed a campaign supporting Slager.

“After review by our team, the campaign set up for Officer Slager was removed from GoFundMe due to a violation of our Terms and Conditions,” Kelsea Little, GoFundMe’s public relations manager, told ThinkProgress via email.

Details on exactly which terms and conditions were breached were not disclosed due to privacy protections. GoFundMe can only “discuss the details of campaigns with the organizers,” Little said.

News of the campaign having been removed began circulating on Twitter after the campaign’s organizer who has set up a Twitter account supporting Officer Slager tweeted that GoFundMe rejected the page.

The organizer has since moved the campaign to another crowd-funding site, IndieGoGo. That newly minted campaign and the corresponding Facebook page have yet to gain much support, generating a largely negative response.

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The campaign organizer maintains the goal is to make sure Slager has the opportunity to a fair trial.

“I’ve seen many negative reactions to this fund raiser but remember, Ofc Michael Slager deserves a competent defense no matter what the court of popular opinion says about his actions. This is still America,” the crowd-fund organizer said on the IndieGoGo page.

UPDATE

South Carolina Officer Michael Slager has been fired, according to the Associated Press’ Twitter account.

 

Reprinted with permission from Think Progress, a branch of The Center for American Progress 

 

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