Disruptor of Progressive DAs makes her way to Alameda County

Lee Heidhues 4.10.2023

The MAGA war against progressive district attorneys continues.

It has moved across the Bay to Alameda County where it is setting its sights on that County’s first black female district attorney, Pamela Price.

At least one of the usual suspects whose bullhorn disruptive tactics was instrumental in the political lynching of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin last year has made her way to Oakland.

Leanna Louie, who famously disrupted a Chesa Boudin rally in March 2022 with her bullhorn, is at it, again. Standing on the stairs of the Alameda County courthouse hoping to politically lynch another progressive District Attorney. Showing a little respect for the Court, Leanna wasn’t wielding her bullhorn today.

This is the same Leanna Louie whose candidacy for a Supervisor seat in San Francisco was tossed out by a Superior Court judge due to her illegal residency.

@leannalouie28 – August 2022 Tweet slandering Jewish journalist Joe Eskenazi

This is the same Leanna Louie who called Mission Local investigative reporter Joe Eskenazi a “Nazi” after he exposed her illegal residency in a feature article last summer. Joe Eskenazi is Jewish.

Leanna Louie, second from left at the Alameda County courthouse 4.10.2023. | Paul Kuroda for The Standard

Excerpted from The Standard 4.10.2023

A crowd of protesters turned out in Oakland on Monday to voice their anger at Alameda County district attorney Pamela Price over her handling of the homicide case of Jasper Wu, a 2-year-old Chinese American boy who was shot in 2021.

Elaine Peng, an activist in Oakland’s Chinatown and a mental health advocate, defended Price, pointing out that the DA has not said she would seek a lower sentence or zero jail time in the Wu case. Peng has worked with the Wu family since the beginning.

“She was just hoping to work with AAPI organizations to find alternative punishment solutions to make the community safer,” Peng said.

Alameda DA stands in front of the County courthouse

Pamela Price, the progressive DA who was elected in 2022, is drawing strong criticism from members of the Chinese American community who fear she may not prosecute the alleged killers to the fullest extent. Protesters cited a recent emailed statement addressed to the “Chinese communities” in which Price sought possible “non-carceral form” of solutions to criminal offenses, triggering the backlash.

Price’s letter, which was sent to multiple Chinatown community members and Chinese-language media reporters, also received condemnation from National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association for its perceived condescending tone.

“Some people don’t know about the basic principles of constitutional law that govern our office and the justice system,” Price said in the letter.

Price’s office sent out a statement emphasizing it has not yet made any decisions regarding the charges in Wu’s killing and will make decisions directly in accordance to the evidence.

“Our hearts continue to go out to the family and to this entire community regarding this horrific crime,” the statement said. “We will be transparent about this case as it proceeds through the justice system.”

Bob Yee, one of the rally organizers, said the goal for the rally was to empower the community to hold Price accountable.

“Price had an opportunity to unify us and provide leadership,” Yee said. “Instead, she chose to divide us.”

Leanna Louie, bullhorn in hand, disrupts San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin rally 3.5.2022

Top photo – Alameda District Attorney Pamela Price