St. Louis rally supports Ferguson officer

St. Louis rally supports Ferguson officer

St. Louis rally supports Ferguson officer

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by KSDK-TV, St. Louis, Mo./USA TODAY

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 18 at 12:06 PM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — More than 100 people rallied in support of Officer Darren Wilson Sunday evening in downtown St. Louis outside the KSDK-TV studio.

The rally was organized through social media and the Support Darren Wilson Facebook page, which was created on Saturday. In a little more than 24 hours the page accumulated more than 14,000 likes.

Those at the rally signed posters in support of Wilson, who was named by Ferguson Police as the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown Jr., 18, on Aug. 9. The shooting of the unarmed black teen has spurred a week of rioting and protests in the St. Louis suburb, which is under a second night of state-imposed curfew.

Some at the rally held signs urging, "Support our police! Pray for peace."

Some of the attendees complained about a KSDK-TV decision on Friday to a air a picture of Wilson's home, claiming it endangered him and his family.

During the rally a post on the Facebook page announced a GoFundMe page for the Wilson family and a bucket was passed through the crowd to collect funds for them.

The GoFundMe page description says, "This page has been created to support Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department. We stand behind Officer Darren Wilson and his family during this trying time in their lives. All proceeds will be sent directly to Darren Wilson and his family for any financial needs they may have including legal fees."

During the rally a small group of people gathered across the street to protest the rally.

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