Supporters of Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson are planning to set up a billboard that says, “Pants Up, Don’t Loot,” referring to a slogan that was yelled by protesters earlier this year. Twitter users commented on the matter with the #PantsUpDontLoot hashtag.
During protests and sometimes riots in Ferguson, demonstrators yelled, “Hands up, don’t shoot.”
— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) November 17, 2014
On Monday, it was revealed that a billboard mocking the saying might be erected in the near future.
Gawker.com noted that on crowdfunding site IndieGoGo, billboard supporters raised enough cash.
It reads, “This crowdfunding campaign is for the purchase of a billboard in the Ferguson, MO area. The billboard will display black text on a white background with the text ‘#PantsUPDontLoot’. After some initial confusion we are working with other, undisclosed companies in the area that are willing to create and display this image.”
“The funds collected from this campaign will be used to purchase this billboard for as long as possible. Lamar originally quoted us ~$2,500 for 1 month but others have come in under that amount. Whatever funds we receive will go directly to keeping the billboard campaign up as long as possible. If we come to an agreement with a company and can fund it for 3 months, 5 months, 7 months…, we will.”
As of Monday, it has about $3,000 raised.
“If the crowdfunding goal is reach and no contract can be secured, all the funds will given back directly to the donators. We have no intention on using their money for anything other than their original purpose,” it says.
A few months ago, when the protests reached their peak, conservative publication The National Review popularized the “Pants Up, Don’t Loot” saying.
It reads: “‘Hands up. Don’t shoot,’ several protesters chanted on Sunday night. One voice shouted in response, ‘Pants up. Don’t loot.'”