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September 03, 2014

Fundraising Sites for Ferguson Police Officer Shut Down

Two online fundraising pages for a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., who shot an unarmed black man, setting off days of clashes, have been shut down, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The "Support Officer Darren Wilson" and "Support Officer Wilson" pages on GoFundMe raised $235,750 and $197,620, respectively. Darren Wilson has been identified as the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

It was not clear who started the online fundraising pages. They were suspended Saturday without an explanatory note.

At least one official said that lawyers needed to determine what to do with the money. Missouri state Rep. Jeffrey Roorda said in an interview that one of the pages was started by a teenage girl who never expected to raise such a large sum of money. However, when the Times sent a message to the anonymous account holder, he or she said that explanation was false without offering further explanation.

A spokeswoman for GoFundMe said that the pages had been removed from the site's search results because they were no longer attached to a Facebook page, as is required.