A GoFundMe page offering support for Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown, has angered a number of people who have demanded the page be pulled for allegedly supporting racism, Twitchy reported Thursday. The effort, Twitchy said, is being led by Shaun King, founder of Upfront Media Group, who made the demand on Twitter.
"We are 72 hours away from asking people to never use your platform again," he tweeted. "Clock starts now. Remove that campaign."
"This page has been created to support Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department," the page said. "We stand behind Officer Darren Wilson and his family during this trying time in their lives."
According to the page, all of the funds raised will go directly to Wilson and his family. But some believe that supporting Wilson is tantamount to supporting ISIS, the militant Islamist group beheading children in Iraq.
One person, for example, said supporting Wilson is "no different than supporting #ISIS. Death is death. Taking one's life should not be rewarded."
King claimed there were "at least" 800 comments he said were racist, but he did not provide any supporting evidence to back up his claim. He also claimed the fundraiser is sponsored by hate groups, but provided no evidence.
In an update, organizers said they were working to remove inappropriate comments and would refund donations from those who really do not support Wilson. One person, for example, donated five dollars under the name "Trayvon Martin," leaving an incomprehensible message. A number of other donations from "trolls" who obviously do not support Wilson were also found, along with messages that could best be described as gibberish.
One five-dollar donation was submitted earlier Friday by a person claiming to be King. The picture on the donation matches the profile picture on King's Twitter account, making it appear that King is the one who left the donation. The donor also left a threatening message on the site.
"You better change your Username, Password, and cancel your Credit Card," the message read. "You should of just let sleeping dogs lie."
But despite King's efforts, the page remains live, and continues to accept donations. As of this writing, the page has raised over $217,000 from over 5,400 donors.