The family of Oakland, California bakery owner and vocal anti-police activist Jen Angel, who passed away after being the victim of a violent attempted robbery, have declared that if law enforcement finds the suspects, they will push for "all available alternatives to traditional prosecution."
In a statement, Angel's family explained that as a self-described "anarchist" and an avid social justice advocate, she had a strict policy of never calling the police, and "did not believe in state violence, carceral punishment, or incarceration as an effective or just solution to social violence and inequity."
"We know Jen would not want to continue the cycle of harm by bringing state-sanctioned violence to those involved in her death or to other members of Oakland’s rich community," the family wrote.
"If the Oakland Police Department does make an arrest in this case," they continued, "the family is committed to pursuing all available alternatives to traditional prosecution."
One of the proposed alternatives is "restorative justice," which is a process in which victims of a crime meet with the perpetrators and talk it out, in an attempt to "deal with the aftermath of the offense and its implications for the future."
According to CBS News, at around 12:30 pm Monday, the suspects broke into Angel's vehicle while she was inside and grabbed her purse. She got out and ran after them, but got stuck in the door of their getaway vehicle and was dragged down the street. She was immediately rushed to the hospital, but the medical team soon revealed she was unlikely to survive.
Angel's family announced Thursday evening that she had been "medically declared to have lost all brain function and will not regain consciousness."
As The Post Millennial Editor-At-Large Andy Ngo reports, Angel supported the 2020 riots in her community, and applauded local businesses who "said they won't share their security camera footage because it endangers the life of black folks."
After a number of local businesses had their windows broken during a protest, Angel said she "appreciated" those who let it slide because "they undertand why it happened."
A GoFundMe set up to help cover medical expenses and keep her bakery open has since raised close to $150,000.
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