Justice Served? Man Charged With Murder Weeks After Being Bailed Out by VP Harris-Supported Fund
Innocent Until Proven Guilty
"We are aware of reports of the tragic and fatal shooting in Minneapolis earlier this week allegedly involving George Howard, an individual the Minnesota Freedom Fund had previously provided with bail support. MFF believes that every individual who has been arrested by the law enforcement is innocent until proven guilty, and if a judge deems them eligible for bail, they should not have to wait in jail simply because they don’t have the same income or access to resources as others", reads a statement available on Internet Archive.
The bail fund was a small organisation that had never entered the media spotlight. According to its 2018 tax returns, it raised 100,000 a year. Everything changed after the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died at the hands of a white police officer in May 2020. His case reignited the debate on race relations in the United States and led to massive protests against racial discrimination and police brutality across the world.
In the wake of the murder, MFF raised $35 million in part thanks to endorsement of high-profile figures, including then presidential candidate Kamala Harris, who posted a statement on Twitter days before she became Joe Biden’s running mate.