Minneapolis looters sprung from jail without bail

Minneapolis looters sprung from jail without bail

(excerpt from The Washington Times, June 10 2020)

Hundreds of rioters arrested by the Minneapolis police during the George Floyd protests were immediately back on the streets when authorities refused to press charges and released them without bail.

Law enforcement advocates said the city’s get-out-of-jail-free cards for violence, vandalism and looting sets a terrible precedent.

“This is dangerous because it sends a message that at the end of the day there are no consequences,” said Jeff Clayton, executive director of the American Bail Coalition, a trade association of bail insurance companies. “These are not people trespassing, these are burglaries and property destruction.”

Between May 26 and June 2 — the first few days and nights of civil unrest in the wake of Mr. Floyd’s death — 170 people were arrested in Hennepin County, where Minneapolis is located.

The charges included burglary, assault, rioting and weapons charges, according to a study by the American Bail Coalition.

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