Posted on August 23, 2014 at 4:09 PM
(USA Today) -- Online fundraisers for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson surpassed the amount of money raised for Michael Brown's family as Wilson supporters gathered in an afternoon rally.
Supporters of Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., gathered Saturday at Barney's Sports Pub in south St. Louis.
"Many of us have received death threats toward ourselves and our families," the speaker said, wearing sunglasses, paint beneath her eyes and a baseball cap. "We will not hide. We will no longer live in fear … If you support Darren Wilson, make your voices heard."
She refused to give the media her name, saying "You want my name? I am Darren Wilson. We are Darren Wilson."
The speaker said the media has shown a strong bias against Wilson supporters, drawing loud applause from the crowd.
"We share the united belief that officer Wilson's actions on Aug. 9 were warranted and justified and he has our unwavering support," the woman said.
Another rally was planned for Sunday.
A crowd-funding page created for Wilson raised $235,010 from 5,902 people before organizers stopped accepting donations Friday after surpassing their goal of $100,000 in four days. The group then opened a new fundraising page, which already has $67,000.
This amount surpasses the more than $200,000 raised in support of the Michael Brown Memorial Fund. According to the page, which was set up by Brown family lawyer Benjamin Crump, "the funds will assist his family with costs that they will acquire as they seek justice on Michael's behalf."
The Support Darren Wilson group, which has more than 58,000 likes on Facebook, encouraged supporters who could not attend the rally to "blow up some Twitter accounts" with photos of supporters and the hashtag #iamdarrenwilson.