A bail fund supported by Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris was found to be providing financial support to a series of alleged criminals facing decades in prison for heinous crimes, including one man accused of raping an eight-year-old child.
According to court documents obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation, the Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF), to which the California senator actively encouraged people to donate in a June tweet to bail out Minneapolis rioters destroying the city following George Floyd’s death, gave several individuals facing severe criminal charges the funds to post bail.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 1, 2020
“If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota,” Harris wrote. At least 13 staffers on Joe Biden’s presidential team also contributed money to the fund, according to Reuters.
The Daily Caller found Wednesday that the fund supported by Democrats that also saw generous contributions from Hollywood celebrities has since then come to the rescue for criminal suspects charged with rape, felony assault of an elderly woman, and robbery.
Thirty-six-year-old Timothy Wayne Columbus, the Caller reported, is facing up to 30 years in prison for a 2015 rape of an eight-year-old girl and was released from a Minneapolis jail in early July on $75,000 bail. Columbus had already been a registered sex-offender before his June arrest.
The Minnesota Freedom Fund also provided the financial support to bail out 53-year-old Richard Raynell Kelley in August. Kelley is facing 20 years in prison on charges of burglary and 1st-degree assault after being accused of breaking into the home of a 71-year-old woman in April. According to the Caller, prosecutors say Kelly attacked the woman after being confronted on why he was in her home and proceeded to grab her by the shoulders, throw her down the stairs, and continue “punching and kicking her in the ribs, back, and right eye.”
Kelly was found in violation of his bail one week after his arrest and still faces an active felony warrant for his arrest.
In June, the group gave money to a man who is accused of stomping on a victim while robbing her on May 25, the day of Floyd’s death. Here’s the Daily Caller’s description of consequent events based on court records:
Next, Kelley allegedly told the woman he was going to kill her, but instead, he proceeded to make food inside her house and sat on a couch ‘where he could keep an eye on Victim, who was still laying, duct-taped, at the bottom of the stairs,’ according to the statement.
Kelley fell asleep on the couch twice while keeping an eye on the woman, the statement alleged. It stated that he left the house after he woke up the second time and observed that the woman had managed to move herself from the staircase to her kitchen and was in the process of cutting the duct tape from her wrists with a blender blade.
The woman waited three days after the assault to call the police because she was scared to leave the house due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to the statement.
The woman had a swollen eye and bruises on her chest, shoulders, back and legs when officers arrived at her house, according to the statement, which noted that the officers also observed a ‘pool of blood’ at the foot of her staircase.
Kelly was released on $4,000 bail in August.
The group touted by Democrats and celebrities as a beacon of liberation for the heroic social justice warriors burning down Minneapolis was also found by the Caller to bail out two more men facing charges of third-degree felony assault and 1st-degree aggravated robbery in separate cases in July.
As of Wednesday, the link in Harris’s June tweet remains active and is still taking donations on the page featuring Harris standing alongside the slogan of her presidential primary campaign, “Kamala Harris for the People.”
Since the Floyd riots erupted in May, the group has struggled to spend the influx of cash pouring into the organization, so far amounting to $35 million. Only approximately 6 percent of the $3,475,000 spent actually went to those directly associated with Black Lives Matter demonstrations, the group revealed in September.
Support for the Minnesota Freedom Fund has continued to undermine the Biden campaign’s attempts to condemn the violence sweeping the nation’s cities at every new police shooting no matter the circumstances. Biden only began to forcefully offer a full rebuke earlier this month after lives and livelihoods had been destroyed in the months following the initial outburst in May. Republicans and President Donald Trump, on the other hand, have staked out their campaigns on compelling messages of law and order pledging to ensure the restoration of public safety, in contrast to Democrats offering excuses for the rampant violence.
The findings of a new report out Wednesday by the insurance industry firm Property Claims Services (PCS) published in Axios found the Floyd riots that occurred across 20 states between May 26 and June 8 have become the most expensive in U.S. history, sparking insurance claims that could total an estimated $2 billion. Ninety-five percent of this year’s violent riots were linked to Black Lives Matter activism, according to data from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED).