A bail fund publicly supported by Sen. Kamala Harris helped a man accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old get out of jail; a second man who assaulted a 71-year-old woman and burglarized her home; and a third man who allegedly stomped on the victim's head before robbing them.
The Daily Caller reported that during the wave of protests and riots which ravaged parts of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Harris asked her followers to give money to the Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF) in a tweet on June 1.
Harris noted that contributions would "help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota," attaching a link to the MFF.
The MFF has reportedly had a difficult time spending the money they received, having received $35 million since Floyd's death but only spending about 6 percent ($3,475,000) to help bail out people facing protest-related charges.
The Daily Caller reported that 13 staffers currently working on the Joe Biden presidential campaign had donated money to the foundation in the first week following the death of Floyd.
Timothy Wayne Columbus, 36, is facing up to 30 years in prison for allegedly sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl in 2015. Columbus was released from a Minneapolis jail in July on $75,000 bail, according to jail records.
The day after his release, Columbus signed a document that asked the court to give back any refunded bail to the MFF, indicating that the foundation may have had a part to play in his release.
“Victim stated ‘Tim’ laid her on the couch and held her down as he unbuckled his pants and pulled down her pants. Victim stated he then ‘put his thing inside me,'” the statement of probable cause read.
“Victim stated ‘Tim’ told her not to tell anyone and continued to penetrate her,” the statement noted.
Columbus was already a registered predatory offender for a separate incident leading up to his arrest in June, according to a statement. A registered sex offender allegedly received support from the MFF earlier in the summer, according to the Daily Caller.
Richard Raynell Kelley, 53, currently faces 20 years in prison on a charge of burglary and 1st-degree assault for reportedly breaking into a 71-year-old woman's home in violation of an active order of protection in April, according to court records.
After the woman had identified herself as the assailant's mother, asking Kelley why he was in her home, he grabbed her shoulders, pulling her down from the stairs and "punching and kicking her in the ribs, back, and right eye," according to a statement of probable cause.
Kelley reportedly taped the woman's ankles and wrist together at the bottom of the stairs and "proceeded to run up and down the stairs multiple times, stepping on Victim each he passed her," the statement read, according to the Daily Caller.
Kelley left the house after he fell asleep, waking up to find the victim had made it to the kitchen to try and cut the tape from her wrists. The woman did not call the authorities until three days after the event, fearing the spread of the coronavirus.
Kelley was arrested and released from jail on a $4,000 bail on August 10, according to court records. Similar to Columbus, he signed a document that requested all refunded money be returned to the MFF, according to a court document.
Deshaun Jermain Boyd, 33, was released from jail on $70,000 bail in early July after he was charged with 1st-degree aggravated robbery, court documents revealed. He has since pleaded guilty and faces up to 20 years in prison.
Boyd allegedly assaulted and robbed a man who was leaning on a cane on May 25. Boyd and another suspect knocked the victim to the ground before repeatedly kicking and punching him, the Daily Caller reported.
When the victim "attempted to shield his face and body from the repeated blows," Boyd and his accomplice "started to stomp" on the victim's head, according to the statement.
Boyd and his accomplice then proceeded to steal the contents of the victim's pockets. They were arrested by police a short distance from the scene.
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