GoFundMe rejects campaign to support officer in fatal N. Charleston shooting

Updated: Apr. 8, 2015 at 4:39 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A popular online crowdfunding service rejected a campaign to raise money for the former North Charleston police officer charged in the shooting death of a man during a traffic stop.

Michael Slager, 33, is charged with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott, 50.

A spokesman for GoFundMe confirmed the campaign was rejected.

"After a review by our team, the campaign set up for Officer Slager was removed from GoFundMe due to a violation of our Terms & Conditions," GoFundMe spokesperson Kelsea Little said in a statement.

Little was unable to elaborate on the nature of the violation citing privacy concerns.

A twitter account with the handle "@DefendMichaelS" posted news of the rejection early Wednesday morning.

A tweet posted six hours later read, "Help support Offc Mike Slager murder is too harsh a charge for 1 mis-step. His public service should be considered"

A tweet posted shortly after 11 a.m. read, "Ofc Michael Slager deserves a competent defense no matter what the court of popular opinion says about his actions."

Slager stopped Scott's car Saturday at approximately 9:30 a.m. Saturday because of a malfunctioning brake light, police say.

Police said Scott tried to flee during the stop, prompting Slager to deploy his department-issued Taser weapon in an effort to detain him. An altercation and struggle over the Taser weapon took place between the two took place and Scott gained control of the Taser to use it against Slager, police said. Police said Slager then discharged his service weapon to stop the threat.

An amateur video recorded by an unidentified bystander and made public Tuesday captured the shooting in which Scott was hit multiple times in the back while appearing to run away from the officer.

At a Wednesday afternoon press conference, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said he believes there is more of the video than what has been seen since the video went public.

Summey also said Slager's wife is eight months pregnant, but said despite her husband's firing from the police department, the city will continue to pay for her health insurance through the baby's birth.

The Twitter account also states a crowdfunding account has been set up on a different site, IndieGogo. That campaign reads in part, "We're campaigning to show our Support for Officer Michael T. Slager! We believe in all of our LEOs and want to publicly support them! Although he may have made mis-steps in judgement he was protecting the community."

As of 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, $66 of the $5,000 goal had been raised.

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