Campaign staffers for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have donated to a group in Minnesota that has granted bail to those arrested during protests over the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer.
At least 13 members of the former vice president’s campaign donated money to the Minnesota Independence Fund, which opposes cash bail to avoid being jailed before trial, Reuters reported Saturday.
The fund uses donations to pay bail fees in Minneapolis.
Biden Campaign Spokesman Andrew Bates told the News Service that Biden opposes the grant of cash bail as a “prison of modern-day creditors.”
Bates declined to answer questions about whether donations were integrated with the campaign.
In a statement to Reuters on Saturday, President Trump’s reelection campaign said it was “worrying” that Biden’s group would “financially support the risk of harming innocent people and ruining the lives of good people.”
In a speech in Cape Canaveral after the launch of SpaceX, Trump said he understood “the pain that people feel” and supported the “right of peaceful protesters.”
“But what we see on the streets of our cities now has nothing to do with justice and peace,” he said. “The memory of George Floyd is insulted by rebels, robbers and anarchists.”
It is not clear how many people have been arrested in Minnesota since protests erupted following Floyd’s death last Monday.
Derek Chuvv, who was fired from the Minneapolis Police Force, has been charged with third-degree murder and homicide.
Video footage showing Chuv’s knee pressed against Floyd’s neck triggered nationwide protests demanding Floyd’s arrest and the arrest of three officers with Sauv.
Colin May, Who paints himself as a Biden campaign organizer in South Carolina, Florida and Wisconsin, has released his $ 50 donation to the Minnesota Independence Fund.
“It’s all about fighting injustice,” he said.