The father of a six-year-old boy who was shot and killed last year on the streets of San Francisco while watching a Fourth of July fireworks display slammed the city’s district attorney Wednesday for laws that will allow one of the boy’s killers to walk free before the end of the decade.
In his first televised interview since the senseless incident which saw his son caught in the crossfire of four gunmen, Jason Young, the father of slain Jace Young, called District Attorney Chesa Boudin ‘out of touch and really dismissive’ over his decision to charge one of the suspects, convicted now-18-year-old Deshaune Lumpkin, as a minor. Lumpkin was 17 at the time of the murder.
‘The police are doing their due diligence to try to solve these crimes and hold people accountable for these crimes,’ Young told Fox News Wednesday, more than a week after a California court found Lumpkin guilty of the murder.
‘The district attorney’s office is not willing to prosecute and hold these criminals accountable,’ the distraught dad told the network. ‘Because of the politics and the policies of the district attorney, there’s no accountability.’
Following the verdict, Lumpkin was handed an eight-year-maximum sentence – a judgement that saw swift backlash from concerned citizens as well as the boy’s family, who noted that one of Boudin’s key promises when campaigning for his current position in late 2019 was to never allow those who are under 18 to be tried as an adult, no matter how horrific the crime.
Since assuming office less than two years ago, Boudin, who is already facing his second recall, has been criticized for his lax approach to prosecuting violent crime, effectively allowing San Francisco to devolve into a crime-ridden hellscape where murders such as Jace’s are commonplace.
There was a terrifying 15 per cent increase in homicide across San Francisco compared to last year, with 54 cases recorded so far this year alone, compared with 47 the year before.
Jace Young, 6, was fatally shot watching Fourth of July fireworks with his father in 2020. Two of four suspects have since been apprehended
In his first televised interview since the senseless incident which saw his son caught in the crossfire of four gunmen, Jason Young, at left, the father of slain Jace Young, called DA Chesa Boudin (at right) ‘out of touch and really dismissive’ over his decision to charge one of the suspects as a minor
‘We’re doomed as a city,’ an impassioned Young asserted to the outlet in a video interview from his Bayview home. ‘Especially with a district attorney like Chesa Boudin.’
Boudin’s notoriously progressive laws have been largely blamed for the recent rampant crime plaguing the city, where looters have ransacked stores and broken into parked cars, spurring several city officials, including its mayor, to act.
After Black Lives Matter protesters demanded cities defund the police last year, the city’s liberal Mayor London Breed announced that San Francisco would be one of the first to do so and sliced $120million from the budgets of its police and sheriff’s departments.
However, in an emergency police intervention on December 16, Breed made a screeching U-turn as she announced she was asking the city’s Board of Supervisors for more money to be given to the police to stamp out drug dealing, car break-ins and theft.
Joining a growing number of Democratic mayors in the US who have performed a dramatic U-turn on the ‘defund the police’ strategy in December, Breed called for ‘more aggressive policing’ to replace ‘bulls**t progressive policies,’ acknowledging that the city needed more law enforcement to tackle the rapidly raising crime rates.
‘It’s time the reign of criminals who are destroying our city, it is time for it to come to an end,’ she said. ‘And it comes to an end when we take the steps to be more aggressive with law enforcement, more aggressive with the changes in our policies.’
There was a terrifying 15 per cent increase in homicide across San Francisco compared to last year, with 54 cases recorded so far this year alone, compared with 47 the year before
Boudin’s notoriously progressive laws have been largely blamed for the recent rampant crime plaguing the city, where looters have ransacked stores and broken into parked cars, spurring several San Francisco officials, including the city’s mayor, London Breed (pictured), to act
Jason Young’s son, Jace, was killed on July 4, 2020, having been caught in the reported four suspects’ gunfire while the father-son pair were waiting to watch a firework show in the city’s Bayview District.
‘Jace was outside playing with fireworks around 10:30 p.m. when a group… fired from across the street,’ Young recalled to Fox News.
According to Young, approximately 12 shots were fired before the assailants – who police say were split into two warring groups – fled.
Jace was caught in crossfire and rushed to a nearby hospital did not survive the shooting.
A 39-year-old man was also hit in the fray, police said – though the injuries he suffered were not life-threatening.
Since the incident, two gunmen have been identified: 18-year-old James Harbor and Lumpkin, who was apprehended more than a year after the shooting, in August.
Harbor was charged with five felony counts including murder, related to the shooting. He has yet to stand trial despite getting arrested in January 2021.
The two other suspects are still at large.
Since he was an adult at the time of the killing, Harbor faces a potential sentence of 50 years to life for his part in Jace’s tragic death – a sentence that’s severity stands out starkly when compared with Lumpkin’s.
‘Let’s talk about the fact that the guilty verdict is only going to do maybe five years,’ Young posited during Wednesday’s interview, noting that Lumpkin could end up serving the minimum end of his sentence or get released early.
‘My son barely lived that long,’ Young asserted.
Boudin’s office asserted in a statement that the DA stood by his decision to try Lumpkin as a juvenile, noting that the state prosecutor had pledged during his campaign that he would ‘never prosecute children as adults–which is supported by science, makes our communities safer by reducing recidivism, and promotes justice.’
Boudin’s notoriously progressive laws, which are seen as lax on crime, have been blamed for the rampant crime in San Francisco. Boudin is now facing his second recall effort in his short tenure, with organizers hoping to oust him submitting 83,000 signatures to election officials to force him into a recall election next June.
‘Our heart breaks for the Young family, whom our Victim Services Division has continued to support,’ a spokeswoman for Boudin, Rachel Marshall, said in the statement.
‘We are committed to holding accountable those responsible for this tragic crime.’
The office did not address the difference in penalties the two killers will likely receive.
At first, Young says he supported many of Boudin’s progressive policies concerning crime, and even voted for him.
‘I agreed with some of the policies that he was putting in place,’ Young said, noting that several members of his family also voted for the New York-born DA, who served as a public defender in San Francisco before becoming the city’s premiere proseutor.
‘After voting, I gave Jace the ‘I Voted’ sticker because he liked stickers,’ Young remembered during his televised talk with Fox News.
Now, however, Young asserts that the district attorney ‘should get recalled.’
‘To be a victim of a crime in San Francisco, under this district attorney? It’s a complete joke,’ he told the outlet.
‘To be where we are today and to be dismissed the way we’ve been dismissed by this district attorney, it just makes me sick.’
Jace’s father, Jason, pictured in July 2020, told Fox News: ‘The killer of my six-year-old son will likely serve less time than the age of my son because of Chesa’s campaign promise’
Jace was caught in crossfire and despite being rushed to hospital did not survive the shooting which happened in the Bayview district of San Francisco
‘Some wonder why the black community doesn’t have faith in the justice system,’ Young told the outlet last week, following Lumpkin’s sentencing.
‘We cannot help but feel that if this had happened to a white child in another neighborhood, we would not be having this discussion; we would not have this result from a dismissive, out-of-touch district attorney. At the very least there would be some real accountability in Jace’s case.’
‘As the cycle of violence continues in San Francisco, our family and everyone else affected by this senseless crime and lack of accountability is traumatized. To be a victim of crime in San Francisco is a complete nightmare under District Attorney Boudin.
‘He makes San Francisco’s criminal justice system a complete joke.
‘This is just another example of how he is failing our community and the city of San Francisco. This isn’t justice for Jace, and this isn’t what our city deserves either. No family should ever go through what we are going through,’ he added.
Boudin, 41, entered the district attorney’s race back then as an underdog and won by fewer than 3,000 votes.
Just two years into his term, Boudin will face a recall vote on June 7, 2022
Voters were captivated by his life story.
When he was just 1 year old in 1981, his parents, who were members of the far-left Weather Underground, dropped him off with a babysitter and took part in an armored car robbery in upstate New York that left two police officers and a security guard dead.
His mother, Kathy Boudin, served 22 years behind bars and his father, David Gilbert, was jailed for life – until outgoing NY Governor Andrew Cuomo commuted his sentence for murder in August.
They didn’t fire shots that day and the victims were killed by the Black Liberation Army.
Chesa was cared for by members of a radical left-wing group and says his experiences of visiting his parents in jail galvanized his progressive views on law and order.
But since he entered office, his opponents say, crime is on the rise and more criminals are going free.
Boudin is now facing his second recall effort in his short tenure, with organizers hoping to oust him submitting 83,000 signatures to election officials to force him into a recall election next June.
Boudin won San Francisco’s tightly contested race for district attorney after campaigning to reform the criminal justice system in November. Pictured as a child with his parents in his campaign video
Kathy Boudin (left in November 24, 1981) served 22 years behind bars and his father, David Gilbert (center in the right image), may spend the rest of his life in prison. Judith Clark, David Gilbert and Katherine Boudin are pictured right October 20, 1981
In October, San Francisco Police Officers Association President Tony Montoya said the city is crippled with open-air drug markets and homelessness, coupled with upticks in blatant shoplifting, residential and commercial burglaries, shooting and other violent crimes.
‘Police are the bad guys and the bad guys are the good guys in the mind of a progressive’ like Boudin, Montoya said, adding: ‘Chesa’s good at the blame game. We’re going to call him Mr. Deflector because he’s always pointing the finger left or right and never at the man in the mirror.’
And in September San Francisco Superior Court Judge Bruce Chan took the unusual step of criticizing Boudin’s office from the bench for ‘constant turnover’ and neglecting ‘the fundamentals of competent, professional prosecution.’
‘I cannot express in any more certain terms my disapproval of the manner in which the office of the district attorney is being managed,’ Chan said.
‘We simply cannot have the current levels of inadvertence, disorganization and expect there to be any public confidence in what we do here collectively.’
Yousuf, though, defended Boudin saying he ‘has made it his priority to promote public safety for the people of San Francisco.’
She also underscored his efforts to protect San Franciscans by ‘expanding services for crime victims, pursuing meaningful accountability to address the root causes of crime, including by fighting for public health solutions to prevent crime from occurring.’
And, she said, Boudin’s prosecution rates are similar, if not higher, than both his predecessor ‘as well as other district attorneys in surrounding counties.’
The office is also fighting back against the recall effort, with Boudin telling his supporters at a recent rally: ‘This has nothing to do with the facts or the real challenges our communities are facing.
‘This has everything to do with disrespecting the will of the people,’ he said, describing the recall campaign as being pushed by ‘dark money’ and the Republican Party.
Young, meanwhile, a longtime San Francisco resident, said of Boudin’s policies:
‘Boudin’s campaign promises do not protect San Franciscans and ensure justice – they only allow criminals, and in this case, murderers, to return to the community.’
WOKE LOS ANGELES DA GEORGE GASCÓN EXPANDS DIVERSION PROGRAM TO DROP CRIMINAL CHARGES LIKE SEXUAL BATTERY, ASSAULT AND BURGLARY
By Keith Griffith, DailyMail.com
Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón is expanding a program to drop criminal proceedings against juveniles charged with a range of felonies, according to a leaked memo.
The Restorative Enhanced Diversion for Youth (REDY) program was launched on a pilot basis last month, and Gascón is expanding it to cover a range of felony charges, according to the memo obtained by KTTV reporter Bill Melugin.
Under the expansion, youth would be eligible for ‘diversion’ after being charged with burglary, assault, vehicle theft, robbery, grand theft person, sexual battery, and arson, according to the memo.
A number of felonies would remain ineligible for diversion, including homicide, forcible rape, gun crimes, and crimes resulting in serious injuries.
‘According to this policy, prosecutors in the LA DA office tell me if a juvenile were to follow you home, pull a knife on you, threaten to kill you, then use force to rob you, and they are later arrested, they would be eligible for diversion rather than prosecution,’ Melugin wrote in a tweet.
Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón is expanding a program to drop criminal proceedings against juveniles charged with a range of felonies
The Restorative Enhanced Diversion for Youth (REDY) program was launched as a pilot basis last month, and Gascón is expanding it to cover a range of felony charges
Gascon’s latest move drew criticism from some, including venture capitalist David Sacks
The expansion of the REDY program drew outrage from critics, with venture capitalist David Sacks tweeting: ‘Gascon works for the criminals, not the people.’
The district attorney’s office did not immediately respond to an inquiry from DailyMail.com on Friday afternoon.
Gascón is a progressive prosecutor who has been vocal about his belief that the criminal justice system needs to focus more on intervention and rehabilitation, blasting ‘tough on crime’ policies as racist and a failure.
‘This program will help repair the immense harm that criminal behavior inflicts on our community by giving crime victims the opportunity to actively participate in the restorative justice process,’ Gascón said in a statement on the launch of the REDY pilot last month.
‘Restorative justice’ is a trendy approach to criminal justice that focuses on mediating between the offender and the victim as they discuss the crime, with the goal of achieving some kind of redress for the harms caused by the offense.
For example, the offender could apologize to the victim, or offer to return or replace stolen or damaged property.
Officials with Gascón’s office say that the REDY program seeks to ‘expand opportunities for young people to be connected with services that support their development while offering opportunities to take accountability for their actions through a process that also supports those who have been hurt and their needs.’
Gascón is a progressive prosecutor who has been vocal about his belief that the criminal justice system needs to focus more on intervention and rehabilitation
Eligible candidates can avoid criminal charges if they participate in programs to ‘address the underlying issues that contribute to criminal behavior, such as mental health needs or substance use,’ the DA’s office said.
Gascón has been outspoken in his belief that tough-on-crime policies are a failure, most recently lamenting that the career criminal accused of killing philanthropist Jaqueline Avant in her home hadn’t been properly rehabilitated.
Gascon has lamented that accused killer Aariel Maynor (above) was not properly rehabilitated earlier in his criminal career
Aariel Maynor, 29, was on parole when he was arrested earlier this month and charged with the shocking home-invasion murder in Avant’s Beverly Hills mansion.
Maynor served two prison terms of five years and four years on separate robbery convictions, in addition to convictions on domestic violence and grand theft charges.
‘As far as we can see, he never received any meaningful intervention that may have helped him set his life on a different path,’ Gascon told reporters of the case on Wednesday. ‘One that would have prevented the terrible tragedy from occurring.’
‘I’m angry at a system that allows a disturbed young man with a proven track record of violent behavior to be cycled in and out of prison with little or no meaning intervention to be able to gain access to an AR-15 military-style weapon and go out and kill Jacqueline Avant,’ he said.
The murder of Clarence Avant’s 81-year-old philanthropist wife, Jacqueline inside her $7 million Beverly Hills home on December 1 follows a disturbing rise in crime
LA crime is on the upswing, according to police statistics. Homicides are up by 46 percent, car thefts are up 53 percent and shootings have risen by a staggering 51 percent in Los Angeles compared with the same time frame through November 27 of 2019
Los Angeles, like many cities across the country, has witnessed an alarming rise in violent crime over the past two years.
Homicides in the City of Angeles are up 52 percent so far this year from the same period in 2019, and shooting incidents are up 59 percent, according to LAPD data.
The city has also suffered a shocking wave of follow-home robberies and organized smash-and-grab attacks on retailers.
Gascon has been accused of letting dangerous criminals run free as they await their day in court.
On December 2, LA police arrested 14 suspects alleged to have been involved in 11 recent smash-and-grab robberies at stores last month, where nearly $340,000 worth of merchandise was stolen in strikes on an LA Nordstrom, a Lululemon in Studio City, a Fairfax district store, and a CVS pharmacy in South LA.
However, due to city’s zero-bail policies, the suspects were all released within hours of being handcuffed and are currently walking the streets while they wait for their cases to go to court.
‘If you look at the 14 people arrested, they could have been charged, there could have been bail amounts set, but none of that was done because the district attorney refuses to take a leadership position on this issue,’ prosecutor Eric Siddall told Fox, slamming Gascon office’s do-nothing approach to the rampant crime wave currently afflicting cities all across the Golden State.