Often after a fatal shooting caused by a police officer makes national news, supporters of law enforcement launch crowdsourcing campaigns to help pay for the cop’s legal expenses.
After the recent killing of Alton Sterling by a Baton Rouge officer, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl creator Issa Rae started a GoFundMe page to seek donations for the victim’s family.
Over $275,000 has been raised in just 17 hours. All the funds go to Sterling’s five surviving children.
$200k in 9 hours. When we unite we are amazing. I am so proud of us. Thank u for thinking of #AltonSterling‘s kids: https://t.co/3jzH7yRBMc
— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) July 7, 2016
“If you feel helpless, but want to play a small part in easing the burden of Alton Sterling’s family, consider donating to this scholarship fund for his 15-year-old son (and his other kids),” reads the GoFundMe description.
Sterling’s oldest son broke hearts across the country when he was seen breaking down live on television over his dad’s death. He had to be consoled as his mother spoke about the tragic events that took his father’s life.
To donate to the #AltonSterlingFamily Scholarship fund visit gofundme.com.
Watch coverage of the Alton Sterling family’s press conference below.
Video: Son of #AltonSterling breaks down in tears as family speaks out about Baton Rouge shooting https://t.co/53dz3PN4c0
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 6, 2016