A San Francisco father of a murdered 6-year-old ripped the city's Democratic district attorney, Chesa Boudin, for a "broken" criminal justice system that could see his son's convicted murderer walk free in a matter of a few years.
On July 4, 2020, 6-year-old Jace Young was watching the fireworks when he was shot and killed, according to a report.
Two of the supposed four gunmen, Deshaune Lumpkin, then 17, and James Harbor, then 18, were singled out by investigators but not apprehended until much later.
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Harbor was taken into custody on Jan. 6, 2021, and Lumpkin was not taken into custody until Aug. 11, 2021, according to the report.
The now 18-year-old Lumpkin was convicted Monday in a juvenile court of four of the six counts he faced relating to Young's death, but Jason Young, the boy's father, said the conviction was not a victory.
Young said he and his family are "devastated" and chastised Boudin, who pledged during his campaign never to try an individual as an adult if the crime was committed before that individual was 18 years old.
"I am so angry with Chesa Boudin right now. He makes San Francisco's criminal justice system a complete joke," the boy's father said.
"The killer of my 6-year-old son will likely serve less time than the age of my son because of Chesa's campaign promise. 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."
Lumpkin, for his actions in the child's death, faces a maximum of eight years, the report noted, and Harbor is facing 50 years to a life sentence.
Boudin is currently faced with a second recall effort against him, and the father's comments are being distributed by a group leading the effort.
The deceased boy's father alleged that Boudin is helping criminals, "while crime victims and residents have no one fighting for them."
"Some wonder why the black community doesn't have faith in the justice system," he said. "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."
Being a victim of crime in San Francisco is a nightmare that is becoming an all-too-common reality under Boudin, according to the elder Young.
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"This is just another example of how he is failing our community and the city of San Francisco," he said. "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."