Since news of South Carolina police officer Michael Slager fatal shooting of Walter Scott surfaced, social media and the general public is showing Slager anything but love.
The feelings about Slager have apparently extended to GoFundMe.com, which has rejected a campaign to raise money to support him.
ThinkProgress.com reports that although the effort was initially set up on GoFundMe, a statement released by the popular crowdfunding site confirmed it was not on board with supporting Slager at all.
“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,” GoFundMe’s public relations manager Kelsea Little said.
As for specifics about what terms and conditions were breached, Little stated that GoFundMe could only discuss those details with the organizers.
Despite GoFundMe’s refusal to get behind the Slager fundraiser, campaign organizers managed to find a crowdfunding source that would help them. In a description that appeared on IndieGoGo.com, organizers made their case for why Slager deserves the public’s support:
“We’re campaigning to show our Support for Officer Michael T. Slager! We believe in all of our LEOs and want to publicly support them! Although he may have made mis-steps in judgment he was protecting the community,” the description reads. “Michael is a former Coast Guardsman with two stepchildren and a wife who is expecting a child, served for more than five years with the department without being disciplined. Please help in any way you can. He has served five years with the department without being disciplined.”
The fundraising campaign is the latest development in the aftermath of Scott’s murder. Media sources report Slager was caught on video shooting and killing the 50-year-old unarmed Black man on Saturday (April 4) during a traffic stop. On Tuesday (April 7), Slager was arrested and charged with murder for the tragedy. He was ultimately fired from the police department in North Charleston, SC.
As it stands now, the IndieGoGo campaign hasn’t received much response as two people have funded the campaign with total contributions amounting to $60. Overall, organizers want to raise $5,000 in two months for the campaign.
If reaction on the effort’s corresponding Facebook page is any indication, that will be a big challenge.
“What kind of coward unloads a whole clip in a mans back and kills him? Now the rest of the cowards are trying to raise cash for his defense?? WOW!…..” Jeremy Gruenberg posted.
“This page is pathetic and a sad attempt at cashing in at a tragedy,” Marcus Utopis wrote.
Gruenberg’s and Utopis’ comments represent a slew of negative responses on social media to the Slager fundraiser. Nevertheless, the owner of the Slager campaign Facebook page encouraged supporters to contribute, posting, “Michael Slager deserves a competent defense no matter what the court of popular opinion says about his actions.”
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