A Minnesota non-profit that raised money to bail out violent protesters following the death of George Floyd has bailed out an accused murderer and a twice-convicted violent rapist, a local news affiliate has found.
The Minnesota Freedom Fund gained notoriety in recent months after it collected a stunning $35 million to bail out “protesters” arrested in the violent riots that swept the Twin Cities after the police-involved death of George Floyd. Multiple celebrities contributed to the cause inclusing Seth Rogan and Steve Carell. The fund was also supported by vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, who promoted the group on Twitter to solicit donations.
Now, it turns out that among those bailed out by the MFF is a suspect who shot at police, a woman accused of killing a friend, and a twice convicted sex offender, according to court records reviewed by the FOX 9 Investigators.
From Fox 9:
According to attempted murder charges, Jaleel Stallings shot at members of a SWAT Team during the riots in May. Police recovered a modified pistol that looks like an AK-47. MFF paid $75,000 in cash to get Stallings out of jail.
Darnika Floyd is charged with second degree murder, for stabbing a friend to death. MFF paid $100,000 cash for her release.
Christopher Boswell, a twice convicted rapist, is currently charged with kidnapping, assault, and sexual assault in two separate cases. MFF paid $350,00 in cash for his release.
Greg Lewin, MFF’s interim executive director, said it’s about the system, not the crimes, and that the disproportionate incarceration of blacks is the only thing that’s important regardless of what they’ve been arrested for.
“I often don’t even look at a charge when I bail someone out,” he told Fox 9. “I will see it after I pay the bill because it is not the point. The point is the system we are fighting.”
The organization came under heavy criticism in June after it was discovered that the group only spent $200,000 to bail out protesters after raising more than $35 million.