(AbsoluteNews.com) – During the protests following George Floyd’s death, several Democrats supported bail funds to help get protesters out of jail. Vice President Kamala Harris (then a senator) threw her weight behind one of those funds. Now that support is being blamed for freeing a man who went on to allegedly murder someone.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 1, 2020
On August 6, the Minnesota Freedom Fund paid for George Howard’s $11,500 bond after police arrested him on domestic violence charges. Exactly one month later, on September 6, he’s accused of shooting a man in a road rage incident. According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, Minneapolis resident Luis Damian Martinez Ortiz, 38, died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Surveillance video reportedly shows Ortiz getting out of his car and confronting Howard about something. He then punched Howard in the face, and collapsed momentarily, but got up and climbed back into his car and drove into the median. Authorities arrived and took him to the hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.
The Minnesota Freedom Fund took accountability for its role (for a short time) in the shooting on Twitter. It admitted to freeing Howard and said it would assess its policies to ensure it’s “responsive to the safety and needs of [the] community.” The organization later deleted the tweet.
Prosecutors charged Howard with two counts of second-degree murder.
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