During the summer of 2020, we saw severe unrest, rioting and violence erupting over the death of George Floyd. A small Minnesota-based “charity” organization called the Minnesota Freedom Fund was only taking in $100,000 annually to assist Minnesota residents with paying for their cash bail.
In June of that year, then Senator Kamala Harris, issued the following tweet.
Shortly after her tweet, along with those of numerous other Democrats and celebrities, the donations came pouring in. The group that had only one full-time employee saw contributions of $35 million shortly after Floyd’s death.
While Harris, and many others receive flack for supporting an organization that was bailing out rioters, the Washington Post pointed out, that the funds were not just for “protestors.”
Their headline read: “Kamala Harris tweeted support for a bail fund, but the money didn’t just assist protesters.”
And, they were correct.
George Howard was arrested in August on domestic assault charges. The Freedom Fund promptly bailed him out, paying $11,500 for his cash bond.
Three weeks later, Howard was back in jail on two charges of second-degree murder. While the investigation continues, Howard was involved in a road rage incident with another driver, with that driver dying of a gun-shot wound to the chest.
MFF issued a tweet that is no longer available, concerning the incident. While they may have taken their tweet down, the internet lasts forever.
“We are aware of reports of the tragic and fatal shooting in Minneapolis earlier this week allegedly involving George Howard, an individual the Minnesota Freedom Fund had previously provided with bail support.
MFF believes that every individual who has been arrested by the law enforcement is innocent until proven guilty, and if a judge deems them eligible for bail, they should not have to wait in jail simply because they don’t have the same income or access to resources as others.”
There are hundreds of stories across the country regarding violent offenders being able to bond out, whether with the assistance of groups like the NFF, or via judges and politicians who simply allow for personal recognizance bonds, that commit equally or escalating acts of violence, shortly after being released.
And, at least in this instance, the Vice President of the United States endorsed the group that facilitated it.