From a USA Today story titled “Support spreads for officer in Ferguson shooting“:
In the days since police in Ferguson, Mo., named Darren Wilson as the officer who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, a small, quiet counter-protest, taking place mostly online, has arisen far from the angry, noisy nightly protests roiling Ferguson.
Two Facebook groups, both supporting Wilson, have appeared. Between them, they had more than 36,500 “Likes” as of early Tuesday. Supporters also created a GoFundMe.com group aimed at raising $100,000 for Wilson’s family. “We stand behind Officer Darren Wilson and his family during this trying time in their lives,” a statement on the site said. One donor, who identified herself as Nancy Lawson, pledged $20 and wrote, “Thank you, officer Wilson, for risking your life so we can live in a safe world. I am praying for you.”…
As of Tuesday, four days after police identified Wilson as the officer involved in the Aug. 9 shooting, about 500 donors had pledged nearly $20,500.
And here is the harbinger of things to come:
The demonstration was initially silent, but protesters began cheering as passing cars honked horns. In contrast to the mostly African-American protesters in Ferguson, all but one of the St. Louis demonstrators were white, the Guardian reported.