The family of an Oakland toddler killed by a stray bullet condemns prosecutors’ plan to avoid jail suspects
The family of Jasper Wu, an Oakland toddler who was killed by a stray bullet, has expressed concern about Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price’s plans to avoid jailing the suspects.
Wu was driving home to Fremont, California, with his family on November 6, 2021, when a stray bullet pierced their car on Interstate 880. The bullet went through her windshield and hit her23 month old toddler in the forehead.
The bullet came from a shootout by a rival gang between two vehicles exchanging fire. It was Trevor Green, 22, Ivory Bivins, 24, and Johnny Jackson, 34 Arrested December 2022 and charged with murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle and possession of a firearm by a criminal.
They are expected to have their preliminary hearing on murder allegations by the end of this month.
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When a member of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Association (AAPI) asked Price for an update on the case, Price replied in an email:
Our office is currently working to partner with the Asian Law Caucus to support AAPI victims of violence in ways that open up broader opportunities for healing and forms of accountability outside of prison.
Price announced that her office is working to pursue “non-prison sentences” — meaning no jail time, even for criminals — forms of punishment.
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The email received from ABC7 Newswas criticized by Wu’s family and Norbert Chu, who previously served as a prosecutor in Alameda County for 35 years.
“There are almost no consequences as there is no threat of severe penalties,” a spokesman for the Wu family told ABC 7 News. “How would that restore public confidence in the justice system? How would the public feel safe?”
“If I were Jasper’s parents, I would be very offended. And I would be very scared,” Chu said, noting that Price’s “insulting” statement seems to be telling the AAPI community that “we’re kind of lesser victims than other people.”
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When ABC 7’s Dan Noyes inquired at the Asian Law Caucus about Price’s plan, they denied knowing anything about the email, noting that the initial meeting with their office was preliminary only.
“I’m very confused about this,” said the nonprofit’s executive director.
Although no decision has yet been made to drop the charges related to Wu’s death, Price has reportedly asked the toddler’s parents to come to a meeting next week.
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