Indiana mom on mission against gang that bailed out son’s suspected murderer
A mother in Indiana is raising awareness after her son was killed in October, allegedly by a man who was on bail with help from an organization called The Bail Project.
According to Fox 59.
Lang is now charged with murder.
The initial charges were filed in December 2020, and Lang posted $ 5,650 in bail funds in January 2021, according to court documents. The Bail Project helped pay part of the bond.
McGinnis’ mother Nikki Sterling told Fox News Digital she was shocked after finding out Lang had been released on bail by The Bail Project.
“When I first heard about (The Bail Project), I needed to know more about their mission, I didn’t know what they were doing. But then when I found out about it , honestly, I was shocked, ”Sterling said. .
Sterling said she felt the desire to raise awareness of what this organization is doing so that other families don’t have to go through the pain of losing a child like she did.
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“And then it became a mission for me to raise awareness that there is a nationwide organization that is helping violent offenders get out and helping them get out of jail by bailing them out,” Sterling said. “But you know, if I can help prevent this from happening to another family, then I would say that, you know, my life was determined and also carried the legacy of my son, who has always been so. useful to others. “
Sterling said McGinnis was helping a friend get back on his feet when he was killed. Local media reported McGinnis was in the car with a woman who was drug dealing with Lang when he was shot and killed.
“Just knowing Dylan and the kind of person he was, in my opinion, he probably didn’t want her to go alone or be alone. He probably feared for her,” Sterling said.
Sterling said Dylan is mostly remembered for how much he helps others when they find themselves in difficult situations.
“He was a great young man,” Sterling said. “He loved spending time with his family and friends the most. And also helping others. I think when we step back and look at everything he’s done and everything we’ve discovered. You know. even on his funeral visitations, the stories we continue to hear from friends and relatives show how much he has helped others to come out of different situations, whether it be mental abuse or physical violence by the family. “
A spokesperson for The Bail Project told Fox News that “the Bail Project provided bail assistance for Mr. Lang last January for part of the bail he needed for his release.”
“By the time we interviewed Mr. Lang, his grandmother and fiancé had already secured part of his bond through a surety officer, but they couldn’t afford the rest. help so they can get him home while he waits for court to decide his case. We speak out against violence in all its forms, and it is never our intention to harm anyone. Either, ”said David Gaspar, COO of The Bail Project.
The organization’s website says it is fighting “mass incarceration by disrupting the money bond system – one person at a time.”
“We restore the presumption of innocence, reunite families and challenge a system that criminalizes race and poverty. We are on a mission to end the cash bond and create a more just, equitable and human, ”the website says.
McGinnis is not the first victim of an alleged misuse of the charitable bond fund.
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In August, George Howard, 48, was charged with two counts of second degree murder after being released on bail weeks earlier by the Minnesota Freedom Fund when he was indicted in connection with an assault case fact. Vice President Kamala Harris supported the Minnesota Freedom Fund during the 2020 election campaign.
Joe Gamaldi, national vice president of the Fraternal Order of the Police and an active duty sergeant with the Houston Police Department, told Fox News Digital that while charitable bond funds have a role to play in society, the Bail Project does not help communities.
“They allow people to donate and then they bond with violent criminals who are repeat offenders. I mean, it’s not shoplifting a Wal-Mart candy bar. are people who commit murder, aggravated assault, ”Gamaldi said. noted.
Further, Gamaldi alleged that organizations like The Bail Project only support a “radical system” where the cash bond does not exist and also alleges that they do not care about public safety.
“You know, I’ll be honest, I don’t think they care about public safety,” Gamaldi said. “They know exactly the people they bail out. They know those people who have already taken on several criminal obligations and that they are helping them get another one. They know that some of them are very violent people, and you can’t look at this with a straight face and tell me you care about the community you’re in. “
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Gamaldi said recent Indiana legislation may address some issues with charitable bond funds, such as requiring them to report to the Department of Insurance and eliminate charitable bond funds for families.
Michael Ruiz of Fox News contributed to this report.