Embattled former police officer Darren Wilson is out of a job after resigning from the Ferguson Police Department this weekend. However you should not feel sorry for lack of a paycheck from the citizens of Ferguson. Wilson has a considerable nest egg to fall back on for hard times.
Thanks to social media, his supporters have given him an estimated $500,000 and growing in a defense and living fund. One GoFundMe account raised an estimated $235,000 before it was shut down earlier this year. In addition, the police charity group “Shield of Hope” raised $200,000 before it was removed online in September of this year.
Now word comes that ABC news reportedly paid Wilson a high six figure amount for his exclusive interview with host George Stephanopoulos. According to media sources, ABC and its rival network NBC engaged in a bidding war for the interview. It was during this interview that Wilson gave his version of events that led to him killing unarmed teen Michael Brown.
The amount of money received in donations for the family of Michael Brown however does not approach the amount Wilson received from donors. The Brown family raised an estimated $214,000 through the Michael Brown Memorial Fund which was set up by family attorney Benjamin Crump.