PORTLAND, OR – A Portland-based bail fund recently fronted the money to see an alleged attempted murderer freed from jail back in May.
However, that freedom was apparently short lived, as the FBI arrested the individual freed by this bail fund three days after he walked out of the Multnomah County jail.
The Justice Department says before throwing Molotov cocktails at police in Portland last fall, Malik Muhammad went to Louisville to meet with like minded groups “to conduct firearms and tactical training in support” of anti-government ideology. https://t.co/NNsaWCVlVa
— Conrad Wilson (@conradjwilson) June 2, 2021
Back in April, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office filed a litany of felony charges against 24-year-old Malik Muhammad in connection with criminal acts committed by the defendant during protests and riots that occurred in September and October of 2020 in Portland.
Among the most serious of charges coming from prosecutors in Portland are attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder and unlawful manufacture of an explosive device, which reportedly stems from a September riot where Mohammed had thrown Molotov cocktails at police.
Here is video of the rioter accused by Oregon prosecutors of being Malik Muhammed throwing a Molotov cocktail at a group of Portland police. pic.twitter.com/s6NmlsG084
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 23, 2021
On April 29th, Muhammad was booked into the Multnomah County jail and was being held on a $2.125 million bond.
Flash forward to May, and in comes the Portland Freedom Fund into the fold, an organization that professes a desire to see an end to cash bail. This organization fronted the 10% needed to post Muhammad’s bond, and he walked free from the jail on May 26th.
Malik F. Muhammed, of Indianapolis, is accused by Oregon prosecutors of attempted murder using homemade IEDs during BLM-Antifa rioting. The affidavit says he also traveled to Louisville to receive tactical training. His bail was set at $2.1m, which was covered by @PortlandFreedom pic.twitter.com/HiXIQmC6CJ
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 22, 2021
With good reason, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office tried to have the defendant’s bail revoked considering the severity of the charges. However, the FBI managed to solve the problem relatively quickly, arresting Muhammad three days after he was released on bail.
The Department of Justice brought charges against Muhammad in connection with the very case he’s facing in Portland, which these charges relate to what Portland Police discovered in a trailer belonging to Muhammad back in October of 2020.
Portland Police Bureau Detective Meredith Hopper was investigating the case being built against Muhammad and reported finding several firearms stashed in a trailer belonging to Muhammad back on October 12th, which included “an AR-15 and shotguns.”
State court documents note that this AR-15 that was uncovered by the detective belonged to a man that lived in Indianapolis, who claimed that Muhammad “was attempting to recruit people to engage in violent activities including an armed forceful takeover of a radio or television station.”
This AR-15 owner also described Muhammad as “a communist revolutionary who was attempting to gather people with firearms to engage in acts of violence.”
Indianapolis Man Faces Federal Charges for Violent Conduct During Portland Riots: Malik Fard Muhammad of Indianapolis has been charged with three federal felonies after repeatedly and intentionally jeopardizing the lives of police officers. https://t.co/sBctv58ZWC
— FBI Portland (@FBIPortland) June 2, 2021
Federal court documents outlining the charges brought by the Department of Justice note that Muhammad isn’t even a Portland resident, but a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana. Which, according to the DOJ press release on Muhammad’s charges, he was travelling to other states to plan violent uprisings with various “extremist groups”:
“Muhammad’s trip to Portland does not appear to be an isolated event. Investigators obtained evidence that he traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, in August 2020 to meet with anti-government and anti-authority violent extremist groups to conduct firearms and tactical training.
Investigators also obtained several public social media posts by Muhammad promoting violence toward law enforcement in other cities including Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Chicago.”
The federal charges brought against Muhammad consist of possession of unregistered destructive devices, engaging in civil disorder and obstructing law enforcement, and using explosives to commit a federal felony.
While Muhammad managed to be bailed out of county jail in Oregon for the state-level charges, a U.S. Magistrate Judge ordered him to be held in custody on his federal charges on June 1st.
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It seems as though, when it comes to certain bails funds that rose in popularity over the past year, these various funds have established a track record of bailing out some of the worst kinds of alleged offenders.
Back in August of 2020, we at Law Enforcement Today reported on the Massachusetts Bail Fund, which used donated funds to bail out of jail a convicted sex offender.
Here’s that previous report from August of 2020.
MELROSE, MA – A particular bail fund in Massachusetts is making headlines again, as they’ve posted the bond of yet another convicted sex offender who was now awaiting trial for exposing himself to girls as young as 13 at a shopping center in June of this year.
Who is the Massachusetts Bail Fund, and why do they want a level 3 dangerous sex offender on the streets?https://t.co/6YuCcLuX9O
— Amos 3 8 (@Charles44828367) August 19, 2020
The Massachusetts Bail Fund has managed to set free 34-year-old Tyler Jacquard, a classified level-3 sex offender that was arrested on June 18th for fondling himself with his genitals exposed while adamantly watching a group of young girls in the Lynnfield’s MarketStreet shopping center.
New: #25Investigates has learned the “Massachusetts Bail Fund” paid 30k to release a Level 3 Sex Offender. Tyler Jacquard has at least 10 convictions on his record. He’s back home in Melrose. I’m working on a live report for 6. #boston25 pic.twitter.com/dHvKEyhxxS
— Ted Daniel (@tvnewzted) August 17, 2020
This individual is said to have been arraigned over 20 times for different sex offenses over the years, which included disturbing crimes like entering a woman’s dorm room and standing over her while she slept.
A high profile sex offender is out of jail and back home in Melrose after bail fund pays for his release https://t.co/bhff3izUGW
— Boston 25 News (@boston25) August 18, 2020
Jacquard has been arrested for cases that carried a stalking vibe as well, when back in 2019 he was arrested for watching a woman for several days to the point where the victim realized she was being stalked by a sex offender after recognizing him.
This is the type of people that this bail fund is releasing back into the community in their efforts to “free them all,” as their website proudly boasts.
As mentioned earlier, this isn’t the first time this bail fund has injected themselves into releasing convicted sex offenders – but a recent release they enabled saw the sex offender allegedly reoffend after his bond was posted.
A man who was out on bail for only three weeks under charges of rape, was recently charged again for another alleged rape in Boston.
Ironically, the bail fund that secured the suspect’s bond weeks earlier, didn’t provide any comment on him getting rearrested.
The Massachusetts Bail Fund paid Shawn McClinton’s original bail fee. They could not be reached for comment. However, their website says they will help anyone post bond regardless of criminal history or charges currently faced. Read more: https://t.co/US7bssKDyk #7News
— Juliana Mazza (@julianamazzatv) August 7, 2020
On August 6th, 2020, 39-year-old Shawn McClinton was arraigned for numerous charges which were aggravated rape, armed kidnapping with sexual assault, strangulation, and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.
Police say that McClinton had raped his victim at knife point on August 5th, and also strangled her unconscious during the violent attack. While McClinton is behind bars again and had his bail substantially increased to $500,000 by Judge Lisa Grant, what’s more troubling is The Massachusetts Bail Fund posted his $15,000 bond for an alleged rape from 2018 on July 15th of this year.
Good job! Keep getting sexual offenders out of prison so they can do it again. Are you going to pay Shawn McClinton bail of 500k?
— eric rosenberg (@ericrosenberg6) August 7, 2020
More specifically, in the 2018 case against McClinton, he was charged with two counts of aggravated rape, and assault and battery, as well as a single count of kidnapping. Furthermore, that posted bond way above the “bails of up to $2,000” the MBF claims they’ll pay.
So not only was McClinton arrested for some serious charges when the fund decided to bail him out, but he was already convicted of sexual offenses twice before his 2018 arrest for rape. Back in 1994, McClinton was convicted of raping and abusing a child, and in 2007 he was convicted of rape.
Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins was highly critical of this bail fund injecting themselves into McClinton’s case, since he’s now been arrested for yet another rape:
“This individual has violently and sexually assaulted women and children in the past. His release on July 15th allowed him the opportunity to sexually assault and harm again. And unfortunately, he did.”
-Shawn McClinton – Convicted Level 3 Sex Offender
-Gets arrested for rape and kidnapping
-Bail paid for by Mass Bail Fund
-Allegedly raped again
-MassBailFund: LOL. https://t.co/LAFZJBmNiQ
— Seamus Ó Cualáin 🇺🇸🇮🇪🇮🇹🏴 (@jimfoley) August 7, 2020
The Suffolk DA pointed out that bail funds are typically something one would see champion people locked up for very minor offenses, to aid those among the lower-income bracket:
“The Massachusetts Bail Fund’s stated mission is to ‘Free Them All’ and provide bails of up to $2,000 in Essex, Suffolk and Worcester Counties.
These bails are often posted for low-level, misdemeanor offenses which end up punishing poor people and not serving any legal or public safety purpose.”
SJW Massachusetts Bail Fund bailed out a habitual rapist who struck again. https://t.co/eVLPo8mA5s
— Charles Grillo (@Charles_Grillo) August 7, 2020
Yet, DA Rollins pointed out that a bail fund deciding to bail out an already convicted sex offender being held on charges of rape, shows a lack of “responsibility to or compassion for the victims and survivors of his crimes”:
“The Bail Fund posted $15,000 and set McClinton loose on our community. They don’t care that he is a Level 3 sex offender. They don’t care that he has raped women and children before.
They have no responsibility to or compassion for the victims and survivors of his crimes, or the families that he has destroyed.”
Despite numerous outlets, and people on Twitter reaching out to the MBF, they’ve not yet commented on the posting of McClinton’s bail.
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