A Michigan family is outraged after an Asian man who shot and killed a 6-year-old black boy was low-bonded and released from police custody. The incident comes amid increased coverage of anti-Asian hate crimes, with many in the black community questioning the lack of support behind anti-black crimes by Asians.
Ryan Le-Nguyen, 29, injured a young boy after firing a round outside his home on the 1300 block off Candlewood Lane in Ypsilanti parish, MLive reported. According to investigators, the 6-year-old was with a group of children who were playing outside.
After Le-Nguyen complained about the outside noise, Ring Video caught him firing a shot from a window in his home, WXYZ, the Detroit subsidiary ABC, reported.
“He tried to hit me with a sledgehammer, but it doesn’t work because I’m too fast. (Then) he got a gun and shot me right here, ”Coby Daniel told Fox 2.
Despite attempting to kill a child, Le-Nguyen was released from prison and received $ 10,000 bail from Magistrate Elisha Fink. He was only told to stay away from the boy’s house.
“I’m trying to find out that he has such low attachment because he tried to kill my child,” said Arthur Daniel, the boy’s father. “I’m afraid for my family because I don’t know what he’s capable of.”
Washtenaw County’s attorney Eli Savit claims the county asked for a $ 100,000 cash bail on Le-Nguyen six months after promising to reform the bail system and, in most cases, abolish cash bonds.
Savit has since filed an urgency motion to top up Le-Nguyen’s bond. It will be heard before another judge Tuesday, assisted by Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton.
“We owe it to the system and the community we serve to evaluate whether we are achieving these results,” said Clayton. “And if we aren’t, we have to be smart enough and brave enough to say that this is not what we intended. Let’s make our adjustments.”