On Friday, the officer who shot and killed unarmed Missouri teen Michael Brown in Ferguson was identified as Darren Wilson.
Just days later, there’s already a Support Darren Wilson Facebook group with over 14,000 likes in support of Wilson. The group formed after local NBC affiliate KSDK showed video of Wilson’s home. The station later apologized for running the footage.
The Facebook group’s about page states:
“This page only for Support of Officer Darren Wilson! He was doing his job! To protect and serve! no trash here you will be banned!’’
The “Support Darren Wilson’’ group held a rally outside of KSDK headquarters in St. Louis on Sunday.
There are perhaps 125 people at this pro-Darren Wilson protest. 124 white people and Martin Baker, aged 44 pic.twitter.com/6DaAHPlQtT— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) August 17, 2014
T-shirts on sale with police-style badge saying "Officer Darren Wilson - I stand by you". $7, just sold out pic.twitter.com/nhXhn4Nvmd— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) August 17, 2014
A silent protest in support of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot Mike Brown, starting in St. Louis pic.twitter.com/Qp30uyOQPV— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) August 17, 2014
The Facebook group also posted that they now have a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for Wilson. As of Sunday evening, the group raised just over $1,000 in one hour.