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USA Today is reporting that a local chapter of the Missouri Ku Klux Klan is holding a fundraiser for the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen. "All money will go to the cop who did his job against the Negro criminal," according to New Empire Knights of the KKK.From the What-Is-Not-Surprising-About-This Department:
Will there be a white sheet washing contest; a how-many-crosses-can-you-burn in a given time frame contest; a cross-construction competition; an AK-47 raffle?
"We are setting up a reward/fund for the police officer who shot this thug," the Klan group said in an email. "He is a hero! We need more white cops who are anti-Zog and willing to put Jewish controlled black thugs in their place. Most cops are cowards and do nothing while 90% of interracial crime is black (and non-white) on white."
According to USA Today, "Darren Wilson, the officer involved in the Aug. 9 shooting, has been a police officer for six years, four with Ferguson Police Department, and has never had any disciplinary action taken against him. There's no indication Wilson supports the KKK's efforts."
The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization monitoring and reporting on hate groups, pointed out that a man named Chuck Murray leads the South Carolina-based New Empire Knights.
The Greene County Democrat recently reported that "A crowd of mostly whites attended a rally [last] Sunday in downtown St. Louis to show their support for Wilson."
About 125 Wilson supporters gathered, many of whom bought T-shirts for $7 that displayed a police badge and the phrase, "Officer Darren Wilson, I stand by you," according to the London Telegraph newspaper. According to other reports, there was one black man, a former congressional candidate named Martin Baker, at the rally.
As of this writing, the "Support Darren Wilson" Facebook page has garnered more than 43,500 supporters.
The page also contains a link to a Wilson t-shirt sales page:
"All proceeds from the sale of these shirts will go directly to Officer Darren Wilson with the Ferguson Police Department and his family. The shirt features the Support Darren Wilson badge logo on the front and is blank on the back. If you have any questions regarding t-shirt orders please feel free to contact Support Darren Wilson via Facebook. We appreciate everyone's support and hope that you are able to wear this shirt with pride knowing you are helping an officer both financially and by spreading our support worldwide! We are allowing orders through TUESDAY AUGUST 26TH at the latest (once we reach 1,000 shirts they will ship). All US orders will arrive 10-14 days AFTER the campaign ends so we want to make sure everyone gets their orders in quickly. We would extend the date to purchase but that will only extend the date to ship and we want to make sure everyone can get their shirts as soon as possible! If you cannot order by the 26th or before we reach 1,000 shirts we will be posting this up again for you to order from at a later date. Thank you for your support!"
"ONCE WE REACH 1,000 SHIRTS THIS CAMPAIGN WILL END AND THE SHIRTS WILL BE SHIPPED! OUR LAST CAMPAIGN REACHED 1,000 SHIRTS WITHIN 24 HOURS OF POSTING!"
The organizers of the "Support Darren Wilson" page are careful to note: "Please remember this is a SUPPORT page - please play nice! While we understand your passion, please refrain from giving attention to the negative comments. We are working diligently to remove any negative or hateful posts."
New York magazine reported that "In one day, the GoFundMe page 'Support Officer Darren Wilson' has received more than 800 donations, well on its way to a fund-raising goal of $100,000."
"The page has become a virtual gathering space for those who side with law enforcement as unrest continues — and shows no signs of ceasing — in Ferguson. But its founder, Allison Wilson (relation unknown), has no interest in speaking with the media. 'Please do not attempt to contact myself or any member of my family,' she told the Daily Beast. 'Thank you for your understanding.'"