Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting

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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2:31 pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of dollars have poured into online fundraising sites on behalf of the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him.

As of Wednesday, nearly $700,000 had been raised for both sides through the website GoFundMe.com.

An attorney for Michael Brown's parents, Benjamin Crump, set up the Michael Brown Memorial Fund, which has raised $280,000 from more than 9,300 people in 13 days.

Two sites supporting officer Darren Wilson have drawn more than $410,000 from nearly 10,000 contributors.

A local grand jury is reviewing the Aug. 9 shooting, and the Justice Department is conducting its own civil-rights investigation. Wilson has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

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