Michael Slager GoFundMe page set up to raise money for police officer who shot dead Walter Scott is taken down


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The popular crowd-funding service GoFundMe has removed a page seeking to raise money for the white South Carolina police officer charged with murdering after shooting an unarmed black man - only for campaigners to move it to another site.

Officer Michael Slager, 33, was charged with first-degree murder for killing 50-year-old Walter Scott after graphic video footage surfaced of the fatal encounter.

Slager is shown shooting Scott multiple times in the back as he attempted to flee the scene. The video also shows Slager apparently planting a taser next to Scott’s body.

An anonymous user created the fundraising page, titled the “Michael T. Slager Support Fund,” to ensure Slager has “the opportunity to a fair trial.”

“After review by our team, the campaign set up for Officer Slager was removed from GoFundMe due to a violation of our Terms and Conditions,” Kelsea Little, a GoFundMe spokesperson, told ThinkProgress.

The organizers have moved the campaign to IndieGoGo, another online crowd funding site, raising $65 and a wealth of negative responses. The organizers have also created supporting Facebook and Twitter accounts.

“Michael is a former Coast Guardsman with two stepchildren and a wife who is expecting a child, served for more than five years with the department without being disciplined. Please help in any way you can. He has served five years with the department without being disciplined,” the organizer said on IndieGoGo.

Slager has since been fired from the police department.