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Nonprofit shuts down after bailing out man who shot Chinatown worker

The Bail Project closed its Las Vegas location following controversy after a man they bailed out shot a Chinatown waiter while on bond.

Six days after the nonprofit posted a $3,000 bond for Rashawn Gaston-Anderson in December 2021, he shot the waiter 11 times during a robbery attempt. 

The victim, Chengyan Wang, filed a lawsuit in September against Anderson, The Bail Project and Shanghai Plaza where the shooting happened. The suit alleges the negligence of the nonprofit to post Anderson’s bond despite his previous criminal history, according to KSNV

 “Every single decision that we make at The Bail Project goes through the exact same thorough review,” regional director for the West Cameron Pipe said in a Jan. 2021 interview with KLAS.

The Bail Project states in its mission that it combats mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system. Pipe told KLAS that an internal review was being conducted following Anderson’s case.

In early December, The Bail Project ceased its Las Vegas operations due to restructuring, according to the group.

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