By: Diane Benjamin
For Mother’s Day Black Lives Mater bailed out a mom already out on bond for retail theft in Springfield. She was arrested for the same thing here and for having her baby with her when she did it.
Keep in mind, everything you buy is more expensive to cover the losses from people who “shop” without paying.
I found it intriguing when Black Lives Mater announced on Facebook they had bailed out a dad for Father’s Day. No Live stream, no video, no name, no Pantagraph article.
I filed a FOIA request for Black males bailed out right before Father’s Day and who bailed them out. It wasn’t difficult to figure out who they freed. They were advertising as late as the Friday before for names of possible dads.
According to this WGLT article, a lady named Olivia Butts was involved in the Mother’s Day bailout: http://wglt.org/post/black-lives-matters-pushes-bail-reform-fathers-day-campaign#stream/0
My FOIA listed her name bailing out a guy named Artese Rodgers. I don’t think it’s a very big stretch to say he is the guy BLM bailed. I can see why they didn’t make a big deal about getting him out of jail!
His bail was $10,000 of which $1,000 had to be posted, this is a record of his latest arrest:
In 2017 he was arrested for domestic battery.
In 2014 he was arrested for Manufacturer/ Delivery of Cocaine, same with some narcotic, possession of a controlled substance. and resisting a police officer.
He had a 2005 arrest for forgery.
Rodgers record goes clear back to 1995 for battery and criminal trespass.
There are lots of other entries for other encounters with police, some just traffic violations and some are more drug charges.
Black Lives Matter used this picture announcing their latest release:
This caption accompanied the picture:
Note the hashtag #EndMoneyBail. BLM is evidently for “Catch and Release”.
Rodgers was in jail with bail required to make sure he shows up for court. He had a court date today at 11:00. From the County website, it looks like he was arrested in May. His bail may have been reduced in June, a hearing to reduce bail is listed.
I hope Black Lives Matters is supervising his release. If he shows up for all court dates they can get their money back.
Does BLM want no bail for anyone arrested for murder too?