Crickets from Kamala: Man Freed by Bail Fund She Touted Charged with Murder

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USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Accused road rage murder suspect George Howard—now being held in Minnesota—was bailed out of jail Aug. 6 2021 by the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a project once supported by Vice President Kamala Harris, according to Fox News and other news agencies.

The story has gained momentum after becoming more than just a talking point on Fox News programs. Whether the suspect is guilty or innocent will be determined by the courts. It appears Harris only made one suggestion via Twitter to support the non-profit bail group during the period when protests erupted in reaction to the death of George Floyd while being restrained by Minneapolis police.

Howard reportedly had been held on a charge of domestic abuse when he was bailed out. It took less than a month for him to land back into custody on the more serious charges. As reported by the New York Post, the 47-year-old Howard is now facing two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the slaying of Luis Damian Martinez Ortiz on Aug. 29 during a road rage incident on Interstate 94. Howard allegedly shot Martinez Ortiz in the chest and then drove away. He was reportedly at the wheel of a white Volvo.

According to KSTP News, “From a previous conviction, Howard is prohibited from possessing a firearm.” An image of Howard’s bail release form shows he apparently also goes by the name “Ricco Passmore.” It’s not clear what the “previous conviction” was for.

This presents more than one problem for the anti-gun Harris, who campaigned on a platform of gun control when she was running for president, and then when she was campaigning as Joe Biden’s running mate last year. Gun control laws apparently did not prevent the suspect from being armed. It has not been reported whether the gun was recovered or where it came from.

In June 2020, Harris tweeted, “If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota.” It now appears the group has been helping with bail expenses for suspects involved in other alleged crimes and not just public protests.

The Minnesota Freedom Fund supported the $11,500 bond to get Howard out of jail. According to Fox News, the organization “tweeted Friday admitting to its role putting Howard back on the streets. On Tuesday, the thread was inaccessible on Twitter but preserved by the Internet Archive.” Here is the text of that message:

“We are aware of reports of the tragic and fatal shooting in Minneapolis earlier this week allegedly involving George Howard, an individual the Minnesota Freedom Fund had previously provided with bail support. MFF believes that every individual who has been arrested by the law enforcement is innocent until proven guilty, and if a judge deems them eligible for bail, they should not have to wait in jail simply because they don’t have the same income or access to resources as others.”

The group reportedly said it is “monitoring” the case and is “reviewing its policies.”

WCCO, the CBS affiliate in Minneapolis, reported that Howard “was driving a white Volvo on Dowling Avenue North when he engaged in a “road rage incident” with a blue BMW on an entrance ramp to the interstate,” as detailed by the Minneapolis police.

“Authorities say video surveillance cameras captured the incident as the victim exited his BMW and approached Howard on the driver’s side door of the Volvo,” WCCO added. “The video shows the victim punch Howard and then collapse as the Volvo drove away. The victim stood up, got into his vehicle, and crashed into the center median.”

In August 2020, Fox News reported that the Minnesota Freedom Fund “received donations from a number of Joe Biden campaign staffers as it saw a $35 million fundraising windfall in the weeks after (George) Floyd’s death.”

According to KSTP News, police investigators managed to get the license plate from the Volvo thanks to surveillance video. They reportedly were able to “track Howard” to a gas station near the crime scene, where yet another surveillance video reportedly caught the suspect getting out of the car as a passenger slide behind the wheel and then drove away. KSTP reported, “The passenger told investigators Ortiz allegedly punched Howard before Howard allegedly fired a shot and left the scene.”

Howard has been charged with second-degree murder with intent and second-degree murder without intent, according to the Daily Mail.


About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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macdog
macdog
26 days ago

“Slept” her way to the top. She has the best ethics and experience

Last edited 26 days ago by macdog
Tionico
Tionico
28 days ago

their wihngey plea that no ne should remain in jail because they dont have enough cash to post bail. Well, some folks are broke for good reason….. and based on what we know of this Howard guy’s life, he’s one of them. The bail system was established to help those with strong ties to their community be able to secure theirliberty whilst awaiting and preparing for trial. IF we truly had SPEEDY triels, (not some hearing to decide what to do happening twoyears down the road) we’d not need bail half so much. Most folks, when arrested and booked, will… Read more »

2NDforever
2NDforever
28 days ago

the biden admin should raise the same amount for the jan. 6 people. after all he is the president of ALL citizens of the UNITED STATES!

jukk0u
jukk0u
28 days ago

To play the Devil’s advocate: is there a self defense angle to the incident? The “victim” approached Howard’s white volvo and attacked the driver.
OK…Go.

Ansel Hazen
28 days ago
Reply to  jukk0u

Do you shoot everyone who tries to punch you?

Arny
Arny
28 days ago
Reply to  Ansel Hazen

If I didn’t know them. It would be safe to say yes. Do you just let people smack you around ? lmao

PMinFl
PMinFl
29 days ago

In all fairness can we expect the V.P. to be involved in every case? I don’t and didn’t support her in condoning rioting it is just a political move to her to try to get more voters that don’t think but only feel whipped up in this issue.

Ansel Hazen
28 days ago
Reply to  PMinFl

Donations have consequences. The left would use the same optic to attack any conservative. It’s time we use the same playing field.

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
28 days ago
Reply to  PMinFl

We can expect the DOJ to DO THEIR JOB!

Liability for conduct of another — Complicity. (1) A person is guilty of a crime if it is committed by the conduct of another person for which he or she is legally accountable. (2) A person is legally accountable for the conduct of another person when:
RCW 9A.08.020: Liability for conduct of another—Complicity.

Tionico
Tionico
28 days ago
Reply to  USMC0351Grunt

Washington law does not apply in Minnesota.

gregs
gregs
28 days ago
Reply to  PMinFl

that she would (virtual signal) support bailing out people who commit serious crimes speaks volumes about her character. he had been charged of domestic violence previously, that makes him a prohibited person who was carrying a firearm. gun laws do not work. yet she wants to take away a law-abiding citizens right to defend themselves against animals like this.

Boz
Boz
29 days ago

She is complicit.

WI Patriot
WI Patriot
29 days ago
Reply to  Boz

IF this had been you or I, we’d be considered “accomplices after the fact”…

Rowboat
Rowboat
29 days ago

Kameltoe Harris really doesn’t give a fat rats a$$ about coward Howard; first, it was not HER money that bailed him out, and second, she only lost a democrat vote, not that jail is gonna stop him from voting ! Heck, the victim, Ortez, is probably on the Democrats voter rolls now that he’s deceased.

PAF145
PAF145
29 days ago

She probly slept with him also

MS-Steve
MS-Steve
28 days ago
Reply to  PAF145

She ALSO BEE a chicken-head.
Soooo… she might just be workin’ da shaft & balls.

macdog
macdog
26 days ago
Reply to  PAF145

no sleeping was involved. “Slam sleeping”

Montana454Casull
Montana454Casull
29 days ago

If this guy is found guilty of murder the MFF can use some of the money to pay the victims family after they sue the shit out of the Minnesota freedom fund for putting this guy back on the street !

Arny
Arny
28 days ago

It will be self defense. But he will be charged on weapons, fleeing crime scene & whatever other charges they can dream up.

Finnky
Finnky
29 days ago

Thank you Dave for interesting and informative article. Amazing how spin shapes public opinion. Seems link to harris is tenuous at best, but is touted for political purposes to cut her down. Doesn’t seem to me the woman needs any help putting her in a bad light – but that’s just me. More amazingly the shooting itself, and subsequent prosecution could have been spun very differently. From your description of video and testimonial evidence, sounds as though shooting might have been self defense. Final determination is up to jury on that. Many issues of importance to forum members are involved… Read more »

Ansel Hazen
29 days ago
Reply to  Finnky

No matter how tenuous the link it’s still there. If this was anything a conservative had done the hyena’s of the media would be pounding that drum 24/7 and it’s time we do it back. The time for giving anyone on the left any sort of courtesy is over. Fling it back, and fling it back harder.

Last edited 29 days ago by Ansel Hazen
Bubba
Bubba
29 days ago
Reply to  Finnky

Unfortunately I agree with you.
This piece of shit should not have been on the street in the first place. For that we can blame The Traitor Harris.

This is what happens when you let the fox (big tech) run the hen house (USA)

AZ Lefty
AZ Lefty
29 days ago

And? Are you saying a Person not convicted of a crime should not have bail?

Very North Korean of you

Finnky
Finnky
29 days ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

Purpose of bail is to provide additional motivation for the accused to return for trial. What makes you think someone is going to show up for trial when they have no ties to the community, felony record and no equity in their bail? i think our current bail system is in need of serious reform, but I doubt we would support the same reforms. (1) Eliminate bail bondsmen and all bail payments by anyone other than the accused and immediate family. (2) reduce bail amounts – current amounts are often nonsensical, requiring use of bondsmen effectively removing motivation to return… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
29 days ago
Reply to  Finnky

@Finnky, Wait, slow down just a moment. The purpose of bail is to allow the accused to participate in his own defense, shop for a lawyer that he has confidence in and give that lawyer all the facts that will aid in the defense. Wouldn’t we all want that if we were accused? The founders were all lawyers and understood this. They also understood that denial of aiding in one’s own defense was a technique of the King. You correctly identify the purpose of posting a bond is to encourage return for trial. AzLeftist just stated the case for bail… Read more »

Finnky
Finnky
29 days ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Thank you @WB. I also stated my case poorly. Yes I absolutely would want ability to participate in my defense. Also would prefer to not spend any time in jail. i have no direct experience with our bail system, so could be wildly off here. My impression is that bail is often set beyond any amount the accused can put up, even with assistance of friends and family. (Prior post should have limited funding to those with personal ties to the accused rather than just family). Bails bondsmen make a living by taking cash payment to put up bond. If… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
29 days ago
Reply to  Finnky

,
I am glad to hear that you have no experience with the Bail/Bond system.
Bondsmen make a profit on the amount paid for a bail bond minus their costs for some very expensive soft ware and the skip tracers that they employ.
Yes, andI thing that we both force that false accusation thing is going to get used against more and more of us now that the marxists are in power.

Bubba
Bubba
28 days ago
Reply to  Finnky

That last part is actually false. Bail is set by certain standards and the discretions of the court. The idea is IF your mom puts up her house for a bail bond (usually 10% of bail), you will show up to court. Then the bond is returned to the bondsmen. Unfortunately 10% is your cost for the bond. I believe this is where the breakdown of the family unit has failed in this country for decades. It’s a sad time in our history right now. Someone on here posted about unalienable rights a week or so ago. We need to… Read more »

Last edited 28 days ago by Bubba
Russn8r
Russn8r
27 days ago
Reply to  Finnky

~”Eliminate bondsmen & bail by other than accused & close family”
That sword cuts ‘law & order’ fans who push it. We should be able to donate to bail unarmed “insurrectionists”, you when they take you, poor souls with no family, etc. Bondsmen are incentivized to ensure defendants show.

Last edited 27 days ago by Russn8r
Russn8r
Russn8r
26 days ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Boo hoo. Butthurt copsmokers can downvote, but don’t have the mental ability to refute without lame strawman arguments.

Bubba
Bubba
29 days ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

Why are you here?
You’re a moron.
You should have been swallowed at birth.

Tell the truth. Your dumb ass originally came from Commiefornia…

Russn8r
Russn8r
26 days ago
Reply to  Bubba

SAY THEIR NAMES, Bubba.
<crickets chirping>

macdog
macdog
26 days ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

Lefty 2 doors down, left turn, you can give yours hugs and kisses to Taliban jack dorsey via tweety

Green Mtn. Boy
Green Mtn. Boy
29 days ago

Naw the vice whore is too busy with her heels up and flat on her back to be bothered by anything else.

AZ Lefty
AZ Lefty
29 days ago
Reply to  Green Mtn. Boy

This is not about Malania

Russn8r
Russn8r
29 days ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

More to the point, it’s not about your mom.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
29 days ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

@AZL,
Some things cause the stomach to rumble, causing to rise, ever higher, … one’s lunch.

Bubba
Bubba
28 days ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

How can you be so stupid?
There are 15,000 illegals stuck at Del Río Bridge and hundreds more coming every hour. Almost 2 million year to date.

I have an idea why don’t we all chip in five bucks and send this piece of shit to the country of his choice that hates America. Only catch is you have to turn in your passport before you leave and give up your citizenship.

Tionico
Tionico
28 days ago
Reply to  Bubba

And every one of those unlawful foreign invaders is there by THEIR OWN CHOICE. NO ONE was forced to travel to that border. They ALL know they can’t lawfully get in.

macdog
macdog
26 days ago
Reply to  Bubba

If lefty is so disenchanted I am sure the taliban will accept him with open arms like John Walker Lindh and deserter bowe bergdhal. Lefty, flights leaving daily

Russn8r
Russn8r
27 days ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

So your mom’s name is “Malania”, Comrade? LoL!

Update: Downvoted by thin-skinned commie copsuckers! LoL!

Last edited 27 days ago by Russn8r
Russn8r
Russn8r
29 days ago

For ~40 yrs & progressively since ’97, LaPierre & Co – crooks, sweetheart vendors, rubber-stamp rube ‘directors’ – pocketed $Billions that could’ve saved Cali & the USA so we never would’ve heard of Kamala Sutra.

https://nraindanger.wordpress.com/2021/09/17/ny-suit-to-dissolve-nra-answers-and-motions-filed/

Will you ever disclose, and apologize for putting them in power?

“We tried to fire Wayne in ’97. Workman turned coat to save him, 32-33.”
~ https://www.ammoland.com/2019/07/shit-storm-todays-nra-heads-need-to-roll/#comment-2765008

Last edited 29 days ago by Russn8r