MOSCOW, August 22 (RIA Novosti) - A funding campaign in support of police officer Darren Wilson, charged with shooting an African-American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, has raised more than $190,000 in four days, according to data from the website GoFundMe.
More than 4,500 people have donated to the campaign whose organizers still remain unknown. According to the organizers’ message on the website, all proceeds will be sent to Wilson and his family for any financial needs they might have, including legal fees.
Wilson is said to be currently on paid administrative leave. Upon his return, he will have to undergo two psychological evaluations, CNN said, citing statements by authorities.
Protests eased Wednesday night following a visit from Attorney General Eric Holder who promised a thorough federal probe to complement local investigations.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon withdrew National Guard troops deployed to handle the protests on Thursday. Law enforcement officers have been criticized for using military tactics to quell civilian protests, toting assault rifles and using tear gas, rubber bullets and other heavy-handed measures.