- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 9, 2015

GoFundMe has reportedly rejected a crowdfunding campaign in support of the South Carolina officer who is facing murder charges for fatally shooting an unarmed man in the back.

Michael Slager, 33, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder after video footage surfaced showing him firing eight shots at the back of 50-year-old Walter Scott as he ran away.

GoFundMe confirmed it removed a campaign supporting Mr. Slager, who was fired Wednesday from the North Charleston Police Department, the liberal blog Think Progress reported.

“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, GoFundMe’s public relations manager, told Think Progress.

The company would not discuss exactly which terms and conditions were violated, citing privacy concerns, Think Progress reported.

The campaign organizer has successfully moved the campaign to another crowd funding site, Indiegogo. In one day, the page has generated nearly $400 from 20 donors. A corresponding Facebook page had received nearly 80 likes by noon Thursday.

Michael Slager deserves a competent defense no matter what the court of popular opinion says about his actions,” the organizer wrote in a Facebook post.

“If our actions have mislead anyone let me be clear, this site is to support a man that in our system of justice is innocent until proven guilty,” the organizer wrote in a later post. “I do not or will not support ANY criminal activity!! We are only lobbying for competent council and a fair trial for a family man who has served his country and community honorably.”

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