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Indiegogo removes funding page supporting SC cop accused of murder

Indiegogo joins another site in taking down a fundraising page for Michael Slager, who has been arrested for fatally shooting an unarmed man in the back.

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Witness video of the shooting in South Carolina released on the Internet led to a police officer's arrest. Screenshot by CNET

Maybe crowdfunding isn't for everybody after all.

Popular crowdfunding site Indiegogo on Friday removed a page to help pay for legal and other costs for a white former South Carolina police officer who has been charged with murdering an unarmed black man during a traffic stop.

Indiegogo said in a statement it took down the page supporting North Charleston police officer Michael Slager because "our Trust & Safety team regularly conducts verifications and checks and this campaign did not meet their standards." By early Friday, Slager's campaign had raised a little more than $1,300 of its projected $5,000 goal. It was scheduled to end on June 6.

The site had previously said, "Indiegogo allows anyone, anywhere to fund ideas that matter to them and just like other open platforms -- such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter -- we don't judge the content of campaigns as long as they are in compliance with our Terms of Use."

Slager was charged with murder Tuesday for the fatal shooting of Walter Scott following a traffic stop Saturday in North Charleston, SC. The charges came after cell-phone video footage from an eyewitness surfaced showing Slager firing multiple shots at Scott as he ran from the officer.

Indiegogo's removal of Slager's page comes two days after another site, GoFundMe, rejected a similar fundraising campaign. GoFundMe said it took down its page after Slager was fired Wednesday.

"After review by our team, the campaign set up for Officer Slager was removed from GoFundMe due to a violation of our Terms and Conditions," GoFundMe spokeswoman Kelsea Little said in an email. Slager's supporters have also set up a Twitter and Facebook page.

This isn't the first time a crowdfunding campaign in defense of a white police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a black man was taken down. GoFundMe removed a page supporting Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, who was identified as shooting Michael Brown in August.

Wilson's campaign raised nearly $235,000 before it was taken down after five days due to legal concerns, the company said. The shooting triggered a series of violent protests nationwide.