Racists Hijack Miami Police Union's "Support Darren Wilson" Facebook Page

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The Miami chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police has come out in support of Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, the cop who fatally shot Michael Brown and sparked the monthlong conflict in Missouri. There's nothing wrong, of course, with local police supporting their fellow officer.

Unfortunately, like so many other efforts connected to the case, the page that FOP President Javier Ortiz directed supporters to "like" on Facebook has turned into a mass of racist garbage and inaccurate stories about Brown.

It's not clear if Ortiz actually created the page "We Support Officer Darren Wilson" -- he didn't respond to Riptide's request for comment -- but he sent a link through Facebook earlier this week when the page had only 17 likes; it now has more than 12,000 likes since it was created Tuesday.

The Facebook page's description says that "while the media only focuses on controversy, we are focusing on supporting our law enforcement professionals that serve and protect the greater good."

Unfortunately, many of the links and many of the comments on the page veer quickly into race-baiting and Brown-bashing rather than Wilson-supporting territory.

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The page creators have shared multiple articles favorable toward Wilson, such as ABC's "Ferguson Cop Has No Temper, Is 'Struggling' With Shooting, Friend Says" and "BREAKING REPORT: Officer Darren Wilson Suffered 'Orbital Blowout Fracture to Eye Socket' During Mike Brown Attack."

But many are completely false. Wilson didn't suffer an orbital bone fracture, CNN says, and another story -- which has received more than 100 shares and 300 likes -- is totally made up.

That article claims Dorian Johnson, Brown's friend who was present when he was shot, recanted his media statement and admitted that Brown did attack the officer. That so-called breaking report, which was shared on various media sites, brought on a lot of supportive comments for the police.

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Ortiz also sent his followers to a GoFundMe page that was created earlier this week to support the officer. The page has already raised more than $150,000 from almost 4,000 donors -- but like the Miami police union's Facebook page, it's been beset with racist commenters.

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Tommy David
Tommy David

Just kill eveyone is what the pigs believe...

Ursula Tavarez Ballart
Ursula Tavarez Ballart

Penelope, you're a surprisingly horrible person. Seriously, who writes that? Check your morals, stat.

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Allison Kotzig
Allison Kotzig

This is exactly why corruption and violence in the police force is so difficult to root out. Knee-jerk circle the wagons attitude of us vs them when instead, there should be openness and dialogue. This facebook page is disgusting

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Vince Witty
Vince Witty

You people are pyscho, he was running away and when he turned around was shot! 8 times!

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Margarita, I've been lucky enough to know some really good police officers and the work they do can't be praised enough. But there are too many bad ones who put to shame those who do good. We don't know the whole situation but the cops in ferguson have screwed up the handling of this which at least gives the appearance of a cover up. That's not good for the families of either side in this or anyone else

Margarita Quevedo de Rubido
Margarita Quevedo de Rubido

Police officers have more heart then you can imagine. I am not going to insult or call anyone names. Don't judge until all the facts are in. But I would love to see some of you do their job! Grass is always greener on the other side! I guess we should live like savages and have no one enforce the law or rules .

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Juan Gaylord, it's not that simple and I'm pretty sure you know that. Unless I'm giving you too much credit. I tend to do that periodically. Imagine my dismay when I'm proven wrong and the person turns out to be an ignorant asshole after all

Kevin Jaggers
Kevin Jaggers

If Mike Brown would have been white, we would have never heard about it.

Juan Gaylord
Juan Gaylord

Thank God for people like Office Darren Wilson... Act like a thug, die like one. Simple. :)

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

A page full of asshole racists who don't even have the facts of the case right

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

MNT calling out someone else for inaccuracies?!?!? Oh the irony.

"Unfortunately, many of the links and many of the comments on the page veer quickly into race-baiting and Brown-bashing, rather than Wilson supporting territory."

You state this then post a single incident?  Come on, more details!

The orbital bone fracture story was debunked late YESTERDAY, but the Facebook page was last updated 2 days ago.  Oh yea, they're intentionally spreading misinformation.  Turns out the cop only had a swollen face. These injuries are consistent with confronting someone who was surrendering without any kind of resistance whatsoever.

Charlie
Charlie

until the "good" ones stop covering for the bad ones, there are no good ones.  Our policing problem is beyond any department having institutional problems.  There is a destructive culture that has permeated all levels of law enforcement that basically says that the cop is ALWAYS right and even the slightest variance from his orders should and will result in use of force, possibly death.  This is no longer about good or bad cops.  This is now about changing the entire culture of policing which was already beginning to rot by 9/11 and then after it took one huge steady nosedive.

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