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Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting

  • FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014 photo people donate money for the family of Michael Brown during a rally in Ferguson, Mo. Fundraising on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old shot Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson, has drawn more than $280,000 in contributions from online fundraising,  concerts, memorial T-shirt sales and other efforts. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014 photo people donate money for the family of Michael Brown during a rally in Ferguson, Mo. Fundraising on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old shot Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson, has drawn more than $280,000 in contributions from online fundraising, concerts, memorial T-shirt sales and other efforts. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014 photo people donate money for the family of Michael Brown during a rally in Ferguson, Mo. Fundraising on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old shot Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson, has drawn more than $280,000 in contributions from online fundraising,  concerts, memorial T-shirt sales and other efforts. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014 photo people donate money for the family of Michael Brown during a rally in Ferguson, Mo. Fundraising on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old shot Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson, has drawn more than $280,000 in contributions from online fundraising, concerts, memorial T-shirt sales and other efforts. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

  • In this Aug. 23, 2014 photo shirts with the words "Officer Darren Wilson. I stand by you" are sold for a $20 donation at a rally for the Ferguson police officer on Saturday in St. Louis. While public rallies in support of Wilson have been greatly smaller than the thousands who have turned out for protests demanding that Wilson be charged in Michael Brown's death, the contributions on the officer's behalf, as of Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, totaled more than $409,000. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)

    In this Aug. 23, 2014 photo shirts with the words "Officer Darren Wilson. I stand by you" are sold for a $20 donation at a rally for the Ferguson police officer on Saturday in St. Louis. While public rallies in support of Wilson have been greatly smaller than the thousands who have turned out for protests demanding that Wilson be charged in Michael Brown's death, the contributions on the officer's behalf, as of Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, totaled more than $409,000. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)

  • In this Aug. 23, 2014 photo shirts with the words "Officer Darren Wilson. I stand by you" are sold for a $20 donation at a rally for the Ferguson police officer on Saturday in St. Louis. While public rallies in support of Wilson have been greatly smaller than the thousands who have turned out for protests demanding that Wilson be charged in Michael Brown's death, the contributions on the officer's behalf, as of Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, totaled more than $409,000. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)

    In this Aug. 23, 2014 photo shirts with the words "Officer Darren Wilson. I stand by you" are sold for a $20 donation at a rally for the Ferguson police officer on Saturday in St. Louis. While public rallies in support of Wilson have been greatly smaller than the thousands who have turned out for protests demanding that Wilson be charged in Michael Brown's death, the contributions on the officer's behalf, as of Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, totaled more than $409,000. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014 file photo police arrest a man as they disperse a protest against the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of the black 18-year-old by white police officer Darren Wilson, protesters have invested their time decrying the killing as an illustration of racial inequities in the nation's policing. Now, thousands from New York to California and points overseas are investing their money _ in staggering amounts, as contributions to Brown's family and Wilson. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014 file photo police arrest a man as they disperse a protest against the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of the black 18-year-old by white police officer Darren Wilson, protesters have invested their time decrying the killing as an illustration of racial inequities in the nation's policing. Now, thousands from New York to California and points overseas are investing their money _ in staggering amounts, as contributions to Brown's family and Wilson. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014 file photo police arrest a man as they disperse a protest against the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of the black 18-year-old by white police officer Darren Wilson, protesters have invested their time decrying the killing as an illustration of racial inequities in the nation's policing. Now, thousands from New York to California and points overseas are investing their money _ in staggering amounts, as contributions to Brown's family and Wilson. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014 file photo police arrest a man as they disperse a protest against the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of the black 18-year-old by white police officer Darren Wilson, protesters have invested their time decrying the killing as an illustration of racial inequities in the nation's policing. Now, thousands from New York to California and points overseas are investing their money _ in staggering amounts, as contributions to Brown's family and Wilson. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2014 file photo protesters demonstrate against the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of the black 18-year-old by white police officer Darren Wilson, protesters have invested their time decrying the killing as an illustration of racial inequities in the nation's policing. Now, thousands from New York to California and points overseas are investing their money _ in staggering amounts, as contributions to Brown's family and Wilson. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2014 file photo protesters demonstrate against the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of the black 18-year-old by white police officer Darren Wilson, protesters have invested their time decrying the killing as an illustration of racial inequities in the nation's policing. Now, thousands from New York to California and points overseas are investing their money _ in staggering amounts, as contributions to Brown's family and Wilson. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2014 file photo protesters demonstrate against the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of the black 18-year-old by white police officer Darren Wilson, protesters have invested their time decrying the killing as an illustration of racial inequities in the nation's policing. Now, thousands from New York to California and points overseas are investing their money _ in staggering amounts, as contributions to Brown's family and Wilson. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2014 file photo protesters demonstrate against the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of the black 18-year-old by white police officer Darren Wilson, protesters have invested their time decrying the killing as an illustration of racial inequities in the nation's policing. Now, thousands from New York to California and points overseas are investing their money _ in staggering amounts, as contributions to Brown's family and Wilson. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 11, ,2014 file photo Lesley McSpadden, center, and Michael Brown Sr., left,  the parents of Michael Brown, listen as attorney Benjamin Crump speaks during a news conference in Jennings, Mo. Crump set up the "Michael Brown Memorial Fund” on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old that has raised almost $279,000 since Brown was shot Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 11, ,2014 file photo Lesley McSpadden, center, and Michael Brown Sr., left, the parents of Michael Brown, listen as attorney Benjamin Crump speaks during a news conference in Jennings, Mo. Crump set up the "Michael Brown Memorial Fund” on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old that has raised almost $279,000 since Brown was shot Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 11, ,2014 file photo Lesley McSpadden, center, and Michael Brown Sr., left,  the parents of Michael Brown, listen as attorney Benjamin Crump speaks during a news conference in Jennings, Mo. Crump set up the "Michael Brown Memorial Fund” on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old that has raised almost $279,000 since Brown was shot Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 11, ,2014 file photo Lesley McSpadden, center, and Michael Brown Sr., left, the parents of Michael Brown, listen as attorney Benjamin Crump speaks during a news conference in Jennings, Mo. Crump set up the "Michael Brown Memorial Fund” on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old that has raised almost $279,000 since Brown was shot Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

  • In this Aug. 24, 2014 photo, from left: Silent Q, Sal Calhoon and Allen Gates, all of St. Louis, perform at a benefit concert for Michael Brown's family in St. Louis. Fundraising on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old shot Aug. 9 by officer Darren Wilson, through concerts, online fundraising and other events, raised $280,000 from more than 9,300 people in 13 days. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Roberto Rodriguez)

    In this Aug. 24, 2014 photo, from left: Silent Q, Sal Calhoon and Allen Gates, all of St. Louis, perform at a benefit concert for Michael Brown's family in St. Louis. Fundraising on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old shot Aug. 9 by officer Darren Wilson, through concerts, online fundraising and other events, raised $280,000 from more than 9,300 people in 13 days. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Roberto Rodriguez)

  • In this Aug. 24, 2014 photo, from left: Silent Q, Sal Calhoon and Allen Gates, all of St. Louis, perform at a benefit concert for Michael Brown's family in St. Louis. Fundraising on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old shot Aug. 9 by officer Darren Wilson, through concerts, online fundraising and other events, raised $280,000 from more than 9,300 people in 13 days. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Roberto Rodriguez)

    In this Aug. 24, 2014 photo, from left: Silent Q, Sal Calhoon and Allen Gates, all of St. Louis, perform at a benefit concert for Michael Brown's family in St. Louis. Fundraising on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old shot Aug. 9 by officer Darren Wilson, through concerts, online fundraising and other events, raised $280,000 from more than 9,300 people in 13 days. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Roberto Rodriguez)

  • In this Aug. 23, 2014 photo Beth Zeiter, of Fenton, buys a shirt with the words "Officer Darren Wilson. I stand by you" for a $20 donation at a rally for the Ferguson police officer on Saturday in St. Louis. While public rallies in support of Wilson have been greatly smaller than the thousands who have turned out for protests demanding that Wilson be charged in Michael Brown's death, the contributions on the officer's behalf, as of Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, totaled more than $409,000. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)

    In this Aug. 23, 2014 photo Beth Zeiter, of Fenton, buys a shirt with the words "Officer Darren Wilson. I stand by you" for a $20 donation at a rally for the Ferguson police officer on Saturday in St. Louis. While public rallies in support of Wilson have been greatly smaller than the thousands who have turned out for protests demanding that Wilson be charged in Michael Brown's death, the contributions on the officer's behalf, as of Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, totaled more than $409,000. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)

  • In this Aug. 23, 2014 photo Beth Zeiter, of Fenton, buys a shirt with the words "Officer Darren Wilson. I stand by you" for a $20 donation at a rally for the Ferguson police officer on Saturday in St. Louis. While public rallies in support of Wilson have been greatly smaller than the thousands who have turned out for protests demanding that Wilson be charged in Michael Brown's death, the contributions on the officer's behalf, as of Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, totaled more than $409,000. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)

    In this Aug. 23, 2014 photo Beth Zeiter, of Fenton, buys a shirt with the words "Officer Darren Wilson. I stand by you" for a $20 donation at a rally for the Ferguson police officer on Saturday in St. Louis. While public rallies in support of Wilson have been greatly smaller than the thousands who have turned out for protests demanding that Wilson be charged in Michael Brown's death, the contributions on the officer's behalf, as of Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, totaled more than $409,000. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014 photo people donate money for the family of Michael Brown during a rally in Ferguson, Mo. Fundraising on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old shot Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson, has drawn more than $280,000 in contributions from online fundraising,  concerts, memorial T-shirt sales and other efforts. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014 photo people donate money for the family of Michael Brown during a rally in Ferguson, Mo. Fundraising on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old shot Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson, has drawn more than $280,000 in contributions from online fundraising,  concerts, memorial T-shirt sales and other efforts. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
  • In this Aug. 23, 2014 photo shirts with the words "Officer Darren Wilson. I stand by you" are sold for a $20 donation at a rally for the Ferguson police officer on Saturday in St. Louis. While public rallies in support of Wilson have been greatly smaller than the thousands who have turned out for protests demanding that Wilson be charged in Michael Brown's death, the contributions on the officer's behalf, as of Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, totaled more than $409,000. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)
  • In this Aug. 23, 2014 photo shirts with the words "Officer Darren Wilson. I stand by you" are sold for a $20 donation at a rally for the Ferguson police officer on Saturday in St. Louis. While public rallies in support of Wilson have been greatly smaller than the thousands who have turned out for protests demanding that Wilson be charged in Michael Brown's death, the contributions on the officer's behalf, as of Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, totaled more than $409,000. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014 file photo police arrest a man as they disperse a protest against the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of the black 18-year-old by white police officer Darren Wilson, protesters have invested their time decrying the killing as an illustration of racial inequities in the nation's policing. Now, thousands from New York to California and points overseas are investing their money _ in staggering amounts, as contributions to Brown's family and Wilson. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014 file photo police arrest a man as they disperse a protest against the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of the black 18-year-old by white police officer Darren Wilson, protesters have invested their time decrying the killing as an illustration of racial inequities in the nation's policing. Now, thousands from New York to California and points overseas are investing their money _ in staggering amounts, as contributions to Brown's family and Wilson. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2014 file photo protesters demonstrate against the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of the black 18-year-old by white police officer Darren Wilson, protesters have invested their time decrying the killing as an illustration of racial inequities in the nation's policing. Now, thousands from New York to California and points overseas are investing their money _ in staggering amounts, as contributions to Brown's family and Wilson. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2014 file photo protesters demonstrate against the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of the black 18-year-old by white police officer Darren Wilson, protesters have invested their time decrying the killing as an illustration of racial inequities in the nation's policing. Now, thousands from New York to California and points overseas are investing their money _ in staggering amounts, as contributions to Brown's family and Wilson. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 11, ,2014 file photo Lesley McSpadden, center, and Michael Brown Sr., left,  the parents of Michael Brown, listen as attorney Benjamin Crump speaks during a news conference in Jennings, Mo. Crump set up the "Michael Brown Memorial Fund” on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old that has raised almost $279,000 since Brown was shot Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 11, ,2014 file photo Lesley McSpadden, center, and Michael Brown Sr., left,  the parents of Michael Brown, listen as attorney Benjamin Crump speaks during a news conference in Jennings, Mo. Crump set up the "Michael Brown Memorial Fund” on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old that has raised almost $279,000 since Brown was shot Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
  • In this Aug. 24, 2014 photo, from left: Silent Q, Sal Calhoon and Allen Gates, all of St. Louis, perform at a benefit concert for Michael Brown's family in St. Louis. Fundraising on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old shot Aug. 9 by officer Darren Wilson, through concerts, online fundraising and other events, raised $280,000 from more than 9,300 people in 13 days. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Roberto Rodriguez)
  • In this Aug. 24, 2014 photo, from left: Silent Q, Sal Calhoon and Allen Gates, all of St. Louis, perform at a benefit concert for Michael Brown's family in St. Louis. Fundraising on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old shot Aug. 9 by officer Darren Wilson, through concerts, online fundraising and other events, raised $280,000 from more than 9,300 people in 13 days. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Roberto Rodriguez)
  • In this Aug. 23, 2014 photo Beth Zeiter, of Fenton, buys a shirt with the words "Officer Darren Wilson. I stand by you" for a $20 donation at a rally for the Ferguson police officer on Saturday in St. Louis. While public rallies in support of Wilson have been greatly smaller than the thousands who have turned out for protests demanding that Wilson be charged in Michael Brown's death, the contributions on the officer's behalf, as of Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, totaled more than $409,000. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)
  • In this Aug. 23, 2014 photo Beth Zeiter, of Fenton, buys a shirt with the words "Officer Darren Wilson. I stand by you" for a $20 donation at a rally for the Ferguson police officer on Saturday in St. Louis. While public rallies in support of Wilson have been greatly smaller than the thousands who have turned out for protests demanding that Wilson be charged in Michael Brown's death, the contributions on the officer's behalf, as of Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, totaled more than $409,000. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)

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Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting

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By JIM SUHR

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Donors have given nearly $700,000 to online fundraising sites set up to collect money for the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

The Michael Brown Memorial Fund has raised almost $280,000 from more than 9,300 people in 13 days. Two sites supporting police officer Darren Wilson have taken in nearly $410,000 from nearly 10,000 contributors. The donations have come through the site GoFundMe.com.

A look at some key points behind the fundraising efforts:

BROWN FAMILY: The money collected for the Brown family is meant to defray funeral, burial, travel and living expenses “as they seek justice on Michael’s behalf.” None of the donations will go toward the family’s legal fees, the web page says.

WILSON’S SUPPORTERS: Public rallies in support of Wilson have been far smaller than the street demonstrations to protest Brown’s death. But the contributions on the officer’s behalf have eclipsed the online donations to the Browns. An early GoFundMe.com page raised $234,900 within eight days and was replaced by another page that has collected more than $175,000. The combined total is from nearly 9,900 donors. According to the page, that money is to be spent on “potential legal fees, relocation and living expenses” of Wilson and his immediate family.

FLOOD OF DONATIONS: Since Brown’s death, people from New York to California have given money to one side or the other. The online fundraising is in addition to other events benefiting either side, including benefit concerts and T-shirt sales.

WHO’S GIVING? GoFundMe.com allows donors to identify themselves. Many contributors to the Browns willingly give their name. Wilson’s backers have largely preferred to stay secret. Much like the rallies on Wilson’s behalf that have attracted sign-carriers who refused to identify themselves, contributors to Wilson’s funds are virtually all anonymous. Many of his supporters have said revealing their names could put them at risk of retaliation. In the early days of the unrest after Brown’s shooting, black protesters used the refrain “I am Michael Brown.” Not long after that, the phrase was co-opted by Wilson supporters, who began identifying themselves as “I am Darren Wilson.”

THE BACKDROP: With separate criminal and civil-rights investigations underway, the facts of the confrontation that led to the shooting remain murky. Police have said the 28-year-old Wilson, a six-year police veteran, was pushed into his patrol vehicle and physically assaulted during a struggle with Brown over the officer’s gun. Some witnesses have reported seeing Brown’s arms up in the air — an apparent sign of surrender — before the shooting. Wilson, who has not been charged, has been in hiding since the shooting.

A local grand jury is reviewing the shooting, and the Justice Department is conducting its own investigation. Wilson has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

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