(Corine Gatti, Headline USA) Valentina McKenzie, who chaired the left-wing Minnesota Freedom Fund, which was praised by then-Senator Kamala Harris, was arrested last month for fentanyl possession and misdemeanor charges for possessing an open package of marijuana in a motor vehicle, Alpha News reported.
MFF Communications Director Noble Frank said in a statement no charges were filed against McKenzie, who has been in jail for weeks, adding, “Out of respect for the legal process, we will have no further comment at this time.”
The organization was launched in 2016 to help “end oppressive jailing” but garnered notoriety in 2020 during the Black Lives Matter protests after the death of George Floyd, pledging to bail out protesters arrested, including violent criminals, who continued to commit more heinous crimes. With millions in assets, it shifted focus towards political pursuits to end bail, leading to the release of potentially dangerous offenders into the community.
Over the years, the fund received more than $35 million and was promoted online and widely publicized on social media by celebrities, and democrats like Harris, who tweeted in 2020, “If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota.”
Meanwhile, Harris has never mentioned the damage the fund did to the community, years later. In fact, she was silent on the matter after several criminals were released on bond — some of them noted violent offenders.
The fund was blamed for the release of Jaleel Stallings, who was charged with attempted murder after shooting at police during the BLM riots. His bail was set at $75,000 and paid. In another case, a man who was accused of sexually assaulting his 16-year-old niece, was bailed out of jail, drawing widespread scrutiny from the public. Another woman who was accused of stabbing her aunt with a knife was also bailed out by the organization, the Daily Caller reported.