The Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF) promoted by Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, helped bail out a man accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl, according to the Daily Caller.
The MFF helped Timothy Wayne Columbus who faces up to 30 years in prison for allegedly sexually assaulting the 8-year-old girl in 2015 get out of jail in July on $75,000 bail, the Caller reported.
Columbus allegedly penetrated the 8-year-old girl in her mother’s home and told the victim not to tell anyone, according to records reviewed by the Daily Caller.
Columbus told police prior to his arrest that he knew the victim, whose family considered him a friend. He denied that he abused the girl who he said “always really liked him,” the records stated.
The MFF also helped release a registered sex offender and twice-convicted rapist Christopher Boswell. It also provided support to a man accused of assaulting a 71-year-old woman as he burglarized her home and a man who allegedly harassed and robbed a victim on the streets of Minneapolis.
Harris urged her supporters to donate to the MFF in June following the death of George Floyd, saying that the fund would “help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota.” The fundraising page is still actively accepting donations as of Wednesday, the Daily Caller noted.
At least 13 staffers of Joe Biden’s campaign also donated to the MFF in the wake of Floyd’s death, according to Reuters.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 1, 2020
Harris’s continued support of the bail fund comes as violent riots continue to grip the nation following protesters’ calls to defund or even abolish the police.
A recent report found that there have been approximately 570 violent riots in nearly 220 locations across the United States and the cost of repairing damage caused by the riots are expected to reach $2 billion, new data shows.
Princeton University group studies 3 months of Black Lives Matter protests. Intent is to show they are ‘overwhelmingly peaceful.’ But report reveals nearly 570 violent demonstrations–riots–in nearly 220 locations spread all across country. https://t.co/it60GBbTZT pic.twitter.com/Ph8iECyHIf
— Byron York (@ByronYork) September 5, 2020
The unrest and calls to defund law enforcement have led to a wave of police retirements and resignations across the country and a surge in homicide rates within the last few months in major cities in the United States.
Harris, who previously served as the state of California’s attorney general, promised on Sunday that she would be more progressive on police reform if she is elected vice president, reported Breitbart News.
“So first of all, in a criminal justice system, there’s this phrase accountability and consequence that almost always comes up when people are talking about the person arrested, but never about the system itself and the people who work in the system,” Harris said.
“Biden and I are committed to saying everybody needs to be held accountable, even when they wear a uniform and wear a badge and carry a gun.”