Not Today, Satan! GoFundMe Rejects Campaign To Support SC Officer Accused Of Murder
News of Walter Scott’s murder at the hands of South Carolina Officer Michael Slager made national headlines just this past Tuesday — and there’s already a campaign to raise money to support Slager, ThinkProgress reports.
The fundraiser was initially set up on GoFundMe, but the popular crowdfunding site was not having it and released a statement to ThinkProgress confirming its decision to pull the campaign from its page:
“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,” said Kelsea Little, GoFundMe’s public relations manager.
When asked what terms and conditions were breached, Little noted that GoFundMe can only discuss those details with the organizers.
While GoFundMe pulled the rug under the campaign’s feet, the organizers moved on to another crowdsourcing website — IndieGoGo. Here’s what the description, written by R. Owens, said:
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 judgement he was protecting the community. 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 IndieGoGo campaign aims to raise $5,000 in two months. So far, two people have funded the campaign with a $60 contribution in total.
The campaign’s corresponding Facebook page is overflowing with negative responses to the Slager fundraiser:
“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.
The owner of the Facebook page posted, “Michael Slager deserves a competent defense no matter what the court of popular opinion says about his actions.”
Slager, according to MN, was caught on camera shooting and killing 50-year-old Scott, an unarmed Black man, on Saturday during a traffic stop. On Tuesday, Slager was arrested and charged with murder.
According to Vox, even with video, incriminating a police officer is rare. Why? “It often boils down to what the officer believed when the force was used (something that is notoriously difficult to standardize), regardless of how much of a threat actually existed.”
Slager has since been fired from the department.