Protests in Washington, DC following the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, & Tony McDade (Photo by Rosa Pineda via Wikimedia Commons)
Since last weekend, we've seen a nation-wide uprising in response to the police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, as well as ongoing outrage over the vigilante slaying of Ahmaud Arbery.
The Associated Press reports that more than 4100 people were arrested over the weekend's demonstrations. And the arrests keep coming. So bail funds have stepped up efforts to keep people out of jail pre-trial.
Below, I give an update on community-run bail funds across the country by providing information on where these funds are in terms of financial and other donations, as well as the number of protesters arrested in the communities in which they serve. In addition to focusing on Minnesota, Kentucky and Georgia, I've highlighted other areas that have seen mass arrests.
Several bail funds – including some in New York, Los Angeles and Minneapolis – have seen donations pile up in the hundreds of thousands or even millions. Smaller funds, though, have much smaller coffers and are still seeking donations.
DC essentially outlawed cash bail years ago, so there is no community bail fund. However, The Washingtonianreports that "supply drop off sites are popping up near Lafayette Square and other hubs of activity. Requested provisions include masks, milk, medical supplies, and packaged food like granola bars and jerky." BLM DC is providing updates on Twitter.
The Buffalo Bail Fund, which says "an excess funds raised…will be given to the Minnesota Freedom Fund and Black Love Resists ins the Rust, a local organization led by Black and brown people which organizes in opposition to police violence and other forms of state-sponsored oppression."