- The Washington Times - Monday, November 17, 2014

An avid supporter of the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown has successfully fundraised enough money to erect a #PantsUPdontLOOT billboard in the embattled St. Louis suburb.

Don Alexander, of Brentwood, Tennessee, has surpassed his goal of $3,000 to erect the billboard featuring a phrase intended to mock “hands up, don’t shoot” — a rallying cry used by Ferguson protesters that’s based on witness claims that Brown had his hands in the air in surrender when he was shot by Officer Wilson on Aug. 9, Raw Story reported

The eyes of the nation are on Ferguson as a grand jury nears its decision on whether to indict the officer. Citing the possibility of “expanded unrest,” Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard ahead of the jury decision, which is expected to be announced later this month.

On his Indiegogo page, Mr. Alexander wrote, “This crowdfunding campaign is for the purchase of a billboard in the Ferguson, MO area. The billboard will display black text on a white background with the text ‘#PantsUPDontLoot’.”

The origin of the “pants up, don’t loot” phrase comes from a National Review article by Ryan Lovelace that was critical of the violence that erupted in Ferguson following Brown’s death, Raw Story reported.

Mr. Alexander said he was able to raise the funds with help from social media and commenters on St. Louis Coptalk, a comment board for area police officers and their supporters, Gawker reported.

Mr. Alexander claimed that the selection of the billboard company is being kept secret, saying, “… we have to keep the exact billboard/company undisclosed because the companies we choose are being targeted with the intention of shutting us down and making it impossible for the project to move forward,” Raw Story reported.

Mr. Alexander announced on CopTalk that the billboard had exceeded its goal. Shortly after, one supporter commented: “we did it guys!” Gawker reported.

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