The St. Louis Bail Project Bailed A Black Wife-Beater Out Of Jail. Now His Wife Is Dead, But They Don't Feel Guilty
April 24, 2019, 12:00 PM
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This came up on Twitter:

LOUIS • A St. Louis man has been charged with fatally beating his wife just hours after a nonprofit posted his bail.

Samuel Lee Scott, 54, was also served the same day — April 9 — with a restraining order telling him to stay away from Marcia Johnson, according to court records.

Instead, Scott brutally beat her that night at their home in St. Louis, according to a murder charge filed Tuesday. Johnson, also 54, died Sunday, five days after the attack.

Scott had hit his wife in January and threatened to kill her when she tried to leave their house, court records say. Scott told her he “might as well finish what (he) started since (she) was going to contact the police,” according to the documents.

St. Louis man charged with killing his wife hours after nonprofit posted his bail, by Christine Byers, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 16, 2019

This woman is dead because because her husband's black privilege, as represented by the Bail Project, trumped her female privilege.

Samuel Lee Scott, 54, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder for allegedly killing his wife, 54-year-old Marcia Johnson, several hours after being released from jail on a domestic abuse case. (St. Louis PD/ Facebook, via Fox News.)

Criminal privilege trumps victim privilege.

The St. Louis Bail Project is part of a national nonprofit that bails out people before they have been convicted of a crime, if they cannot afford to post bail. The group has been operating in St. Louis since January 2018.

Its website says it hires “Bail Disruptors” in cities where it operates to find people to bail out.

Calling them "bail disruptors" kind of makes the point that they're trying to destroy the public safety aspects of keeping dangerous prisoners in jail. Astonishingly, they don't feel guilty.

Mike Milton,[right] site manager of the St. Louis Bail Project, said in a statement Monday: “Nobody wants to see something like this happen, but it is crucial to remember that bail didn’t cause this tragedy — Mr. Scott, a 54-year-old father, was charged with a misdemeanor, and if he’d just been wealthy enough to afford his bail he would have been free in either case. “Moments like this are devastating, but it’s important not to lose sight of the larger injustices of cash bail and the need for reform.”

The thing is, bail is supposed to be for people who can be trusted to show up for trial and not reoffend between the arrest and the trial. If he's too poor to afford bail, and he doesn't have any place to live (the restraining order would keep him from returning home) that's one sign he should be in jail.

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