After an inmate beat the snot out of Dylann Roof at the Charleston County Detention Center, he has found himself out on bond — more than 18 months after his arrest.
Bond had been set at over $100,000 for Dwayne Stafford, 25, who was in jail on charges of strong armed robbery and first-degree assault.
The Daily News reports:
Records do not show who paid for Stafford’s release, but after the Thursday morning bathroom assault, Stafford’s fans organized a fundraiser to donate to his jail commissary account.
The donation page does not say how much was raised.
Roof has been held in protective custody at the jail ever since his arrest. At the time he was assaulted Thursday morning, he was taking a shower. That’s when Stafford ran down the stairs and into the shower area. The inmate punched him several times before a guard pulled the two apart. Roof sustained bruises on his face and back.
Officials with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office say Stafford assaulted Roof Thursday morning at the detention center; Roof and his attorneys are not pressing charges in the jail assault.
Maj. Eric Watson said that the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office has “no control” over who posts bail for inmates.
Surveillance video from the jail of the assault was seen by the media.
Just to be clear, we’re not saying that this man should or should not be released on bail after donations poured in because he assaulted Roof. That would be wrong and we never do wrong things. He is, however, allowed by law to be bonded out and that’s how the system works. And we are noting the irony of it all. A black man was released on bond after assaulting a racist who slaughtered nine people in an African American church. Meanwhile, Roof will remain behind bars and could get the death penalty.
I cannot confirm or deny that my boyfriend tried to donate funds to Stafford’s commissary two days in a row, but if that happened, a message he could have received would have read, “This inmate received a deposit within the last 24 hours. They will be eligible for a deposit on the following date: 2016-08-05 13:52:12 EST.”
Photo by Charleston County Sheriff’s Office via Getty.