According to reports, the California Bail Project, which was financially supported by multimillionaire entertainers who hire their own personal security, is shutting down after a suspect it helped free allegedly shot a waiter a staggering 11 times, leaving him on life support.
The New York Post noted this week that the suspect, Rashawn Gaston-Anderson, who is black, is a serial offender and -- if California wasn't run by insane Democrats -- likely would never have been eligible for bail in the first place because he would be doing time for years. The report said that Gaston-Anderson, a burglary suspect, was released on a $3,000 bond posted by the organization in December 2021.
"Six days later, Gaston-Anderson shot Chengyan Wang 11 times in the Chinatown section of Las Vegas," The Post noted, citing a local report. "In a plea deal, the 24-year-old was convicted of attempted robbery and mayhem, both with deadly weapon enhancements, according to News 3 Las Vegas."
The suspect was sentenced this month to seven to 18 years in prison for the attempted murder. But now, Wang, "who was struck by seven rounds in the attack at Shanghai Taste," The Post reported, is suing the non-profit, which counts among its famous supporters actor Danny Glover, singer John Legend, and billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson.
“He’s got scars all over his body,” Wang’s lawyer Kory Kaplan said. “He can’t move his shoulder over a certain height. I don’t know how (the bullets) missed a vital artery.”
He added that his client is continuing to get medical treatment and that some injuries will plague him the rest of his life.
"The Bail Project, Shanghai Plaza owner U.S. Hui De Real Estate Investment Corp., of Las Vegas, and Gaston-Anderson are defendants in the Wang’s lawsuit, which seeks more than $15,000 in damages from each for his pain and suffering," The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported further, adding:
The Bail Project, which advocates against the cash bail system nationwide and provides free bail funds for the poor and indigent, paid for Gaston-Anderson’s exit from jail on Dec. 14, just six days before the mall shooting, by furnishing the $3,000 cash for his release after his arrests, over a 48-hour period, for burglary and grand larceny.
At the time bail was posted, the project failed to assess the suspect’s potential danger to the community considering his pending and past cases, including burglary of a business, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, two counts of grand larceny and attempted grand larceny, according to Wang’s lawsuit. The nonprofit group also never registered as a bail agent with Nevada’s Division of Insurance, which is required under state law under penalty of a misdemeanor, Kaplan said.
“They’re going around as a bailing agency bailing people out with no or little due diligence,” Kaplan said.
A Google search of “The Bail Project Las Vegas” turned up a page with a “404” message and “…sorry, the page you are looking for cannot be found.”
On its main website, the organization noted that it “combats mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system— one person at a time.”
“We restore the presumption of innocence, reunite families, and challenge a system that criminalizes race and poverty,” the statement continued. "We’re on a mission to end cash bail and create a more just, equitable, and humane pretrial system.”
Countries serious about public safety do not consider allowing violent serial offenders out of jail. Countries truly serious about protecting law-abiding citizens implement impediments to early release like substantial sentences and keeping dangerous people behind bars for as long as possible so they don't go out and shoot waiters.
But the really galling facet of this story is the fact that the rich, elite entertainers and notables who fund the bail project never really have to worry about their safety.