A charity that collected at least $400,000 to support the former Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager fueled national protests is thus far not saying how it has used the money, according to BuzzFeed. The online news site said an attorney for Shield of Hope refused its request for information on its finances, as did members of the organization's board.
"Shield of Hope will make information available to the public at the appropriate time, and declines to comment at this time," said Brian Beck, the 501(c)(3) group's lawyer.
The charity's now-shuttered page at crowdfunding site GoFundMe stated the group would put donations toward "potential legal fees, relocation and living expenses of both Officer Darren Wilson and his immediate family." A grand jury recently opted not to indict Mr. Wilson in connection with Michael Brown's death in August.