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Biden-appointed vice presidential pick Kamala Harris, once California's chief prosecutor, has repeatedly demonstrated her opposition to law and order by encouraging rioters and funding their release from jail.
A decade ago, Harris was stringent against lenient law enforcement policies. In her 2009 book, Smart on Crime, she wrote: “Make no mistake, any effort to excuse or ignore criminal behavior leads to more criminal behavior.”
But now, Biden's running mate is soft on crime, even cheering rioters on and championing their bail upon arrest.
"This is a movement. I'm telling you," Harris told Stephen Colbert back in June on a virtual episode of "The Late Show."
"Everyone, beware. [Protestors] are not going to stop before Election Day in November and they're not going to stop after Election Day," Harris emphasized, adding that "they should not" and "we should not."
Harris then attributed criminal justice reform to Black Lives Matter efforts, arguing that "these movements provide a counterforce to get us to where we need to be."
She recounted her first protest she had attended in a stroller in the 1960s. The greatest movements in the country "have been born out of protests" and "understanding the power of the people to take to the streets and force their government to address what is wrong, the inequities, the inequalities, the unfairness," Harris asserted.
But where's the fairness when looters steal and vandalize yet are freed by others' paying pockets?
In June, Harris advocated for the public to fund bail for arrested suspects implicated in the George Floyd riots in Minneapolis.
"If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota," Harris had tweeted at the beginning of that month.
The Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF) has bailed out defendants from Twin Cities jails charged with murder, violent felonies, and sex crimes, FOX 9 reported.
Among those bailed out 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.
Attempted murder charges allege that Jaleel Stallings shot at a SWAT team during the riots in May. MFF paid $75,000 in cash to free Stallings out of jail.
Darnika Floyd, charged with second degree murder for stabbing a friend to death, was released after MFF paid $100,000 cash.
Christopher Boswell, a twice-convicted rapist charged with kidnapping, assault, and sexual assault in two separate cases, was freed by MFF's $35,000 cash payment.
MFF's interim executive director Greg Lewin stated that it is not about the crime; it’s about the system.
“I often don’t even look at a charge when I bail someone out,” Lewin defended criminal actions. “I will see it after I pay the bill because it is not the point. The point is the system we are fighting."
Before Floyd’s death, MFF bailed out 563 detainees with an average bail of $342. Since the May 25 incident, the fund has bailed out 184 people, but the average bail is much higher at a little over $13,000.
Ultimately aiming to abolish cash bail, MFF was established in 2016 to pay bonds for poor defendants. The group initially paid for a handful of misdemeanors each month. MFF's website stipulates that the fund prioritizes bail for people of color, the homeless, Minnesota residents, and those detained while "fighting for justice" as it seeks to address a system that allegedly incarcerates people of color disproportionately to white citizens.
Then in May, the fund received $20 million in donations—urged by woke celebrities such as Steve Carell, Cynthia Nixon, and Seth Rogen—over a four-day period, The New York Times reported.
By June, the purported nonprofit raised $35 million but was met with backlash after allegedly only spending a fraction on its cause.
"Appreciate all those calling for transparency. We see y’all. Our values and mission have not changed since 2016. Be on the lookout for things coming on our end. Be well," MFF tweeted on Jun. 15, citing more than $200,000 in bailouts spent in the weeks since the uprising alone.
"We are working on doing more," fund officials signed off.
One user responded: "I’m not here to pass judgment. Just here to do the math," noting that the bailout figure is only 0.57% of what was promised to be paid.
The Post Millennial's editor-at-large Andy Ngo compared the Minnesota-based fund to the PDX COVID-19 Mutual Aid project, a viral Antifa crowdfunding campaign that intended to provide coronavirus relief to Portlanders but was accused of being a scam.
"This sounds familiar," Ngo pointed out.