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May 06, 2015

Controversy Erupts Over Online Fundraising for Shooting Victim Tamir Rice

The Washington Post traces what happened to $60,000 donated for the family of Cleveland police shooting victim Tamir Rice in online fundraising that has sprung up following the deaths of African-American men and boys at the hands of law-enforcemen officerst.

The money was raised in a YouCaring.com campaign created by Shaun King, an online activist who has been a force in Black Lives Matter protests over police violence.

Mr. King complained on Twitter earlier this week that the money was not reaching the Rice family, whose then-lawyers — saying they were concerned that tens of thousands of dollars were being collected in the Rices' name without their knowledge — took steps late last year to put the funds in a court-administered estate, to which the family must apply for disbursements.

The contretemps prompted a conservative blogger to accuse Mr. King of scamming.

The Rices have since replaced their legal team over unrelated issues. Mr. King and fellow activists started a new fundraising event in coordination with the family's current lawyers, with the money being made directly available to the Rices.