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article imagePolice charity raises $500,000 for officer who shot Michael Brown

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 22, 2014 in Crime
According to the business manager of his union, close to $500,000 has been raised for the police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown. It's unclear if Officer Darren Wilson has yet to receive all or a part of the money.
Police charity raises money for Darren Wilson
Jeff Roorda, the business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers' Association, met with Officer Wilson Thursday and later told media that a police charity, 'Shield of Hope', has to date raised nearly half-a-million dollars for Wilson. The money was to help pay with legal, medical and relocation expenses, Mr. Roorda said.
Funds for Wilson were being raised on-line but but an independent 'GoFundMe' site was shutdown in September and 'Shield of Hope' took over the administration of money being raised.
Wilson has been on a paid administrative leave since the shooting and has not made any public appearances. It is not known where he and his family are staying. A lawyer for Wilson, Neil Bruntrager has said that their only expectation in the grand jury process "is that the grand jury would be thorough and fair." He said his client will immediately turn himself in should he be indicted.
CNN has reported that Wilson is in talks with officials to resign but does not wish to do so before the grand jury reports. The six-year veteran of the force has said he did nothing wrong and that to resign before the grand jury reports may be seen as an admission of guilt. If he is indicted it's unclear how that will affect any decision to resign.
The shooting of Michael Brown
Officer Wilson shot the unarmed Brown dead in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 9 after a confrontation of some kind. Brown was hit by six bullets and died at the scene. There is some dispute as to whether the teenager had his hands in the air to surrender and was backing away, or whether they were by his side and he was advancing at Wilson.
A 12-person grand jury has been investigating the case and a verdict on whether to indict the officer is expected to come soon, very possibly this weekend, though there has been no official word on a timeline.
Police in Ferguson, a part of the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, are poised to deal with unrest. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called out the National Guard to aid police should post-announcement protests become violent.
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