Yesterday, before another night of rage and unrest in Ferguson, over 100 people rallied in support of Officer Darren Wilson in downtown St. Louis. All of the people in attendance, save one, were white. (Shocking, I know.)
Online, the group is selling T-shirts and promoting a GoFundMe page to raise money for the possible legal defense of Officer Wilson. Their Facebook community page has over 20,000 likes and over $7,000 has been raised so far through GoFundMe.
The Facebook page, titled ‘Support Darren Wilson,’ states:
“This page is a way to show our Support for Officer Darren Wilson! We believe in all of our LEOs and want to publically (sic) stand up for him!”
Most of the people on the page seem to be either law enforcement officers and people related to law enforcement officers showing solidarity, or just your run-of-the-mill authoritarian conservatives. Here’s a couple messages supporters left on the page:
“As a police officer in another state let me say – Thanks to all you good people who have OUR back – you know that we always have yours. It really cheers me to see that some people still appreciate us and understand that we can’t always make split second decisions that will make everyone happy. I know that Officer Wilson is going through hell right now and he needs all the love, prayers, good vibes and support all of us can send his way. Again, thank you. All of you.”
“We love our police officers and I thank officer wilson for getting a thug criminal off the street! And for doing his most important job and coming home every night!!! We need more of these types of rallies to show the protestors and the looters that they will have a fight on their hands if they mess with our officers!!”