Minnesota Freedom Fund board chair arrested for fentanyl possession 

The Bloomington Police Department confirmed with Alpha News that Valentina McKenzie was arrested Aug. 31.

Valentina McKenzie/Minnesota Freedom Fund

The chair of the Minnesota Freedom Fund board was arrested late last month for fentanyl possession.

The Bloomington Police Department confirmed with Alpha News that Valentina McKenzie was arrested Aug. 31 at 78th Street East and 12th Avenue East at 10:35 p.m.

“She was booked and released from our jail pending out of custody charges,” said Deputy Chief Kimberly Clauson.

Police submitted a request for charges Sept. 1 to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance-fentanyl and misdemeanor charges of possessing an open package of marijuana in a motor vehicle, Clauson said.

No charges had been filed yet as of Wednesday morning and the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office did not respond to a request for comment.

“The Minnesota Freedom Fund can confirm that MFF board chair Valentina McKenzie was arrested on Thursday, August 31st, in Bloomington. No charges have been filed. Out of respect for the legal process, we will have no further comment at this time,” Minnesota Freedom Fund communications director Noble Frank said in a statement.

The nonprofit bail fund was founded in 2016 but gained notoriety during the protests and riots that followed the death of George Floyd when the group promised to bail out any protesters arrested. The fund took in tens of millions of dollars when it was promoted online by numerous celebrities, including Vice President Kamala Harris.

Since that time, the group has come under intense public scrutiny for its practice of bailing out violent criminals, Crime Watch Minneapolis reported.

In February, the organization announced the formation of MFF Action, a sister organization that will lobby state lawmakers to end cash bail in Minnesota.

“The cash bail system criminalizes poverty, forcing legally innocent people with less wealth to remain incarcerated while wealthier people accused of the same crime go free. We work to extend the same constitutional right to cash bail to everyone, regardless of their wealth,” MFF has said in response to past criticism.

In her MFF bio, McKenzie states that she is “committed to abolishing prison one step at a time starting with ending the cash bail system.”


Anthony Gockowski

Anthony Gockowski is Editor-in-Chief of Alpha News. He previously worked as an editor for The Minnesota Sun and Campus Reform, and wrote for the Daily Caller.