A seven month old baby boy was murdered after his killer was set free twice by San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. The District Attorney’s office refused to prosecute domestic abuse allegations on two occasions.
Joseph Williams was let go in January and March after Boudin’s office refused to prosecute the abuse cases.
The seven month old infant, Synciere Williams, was brought to the hospital last week while in the care of Joseph Williams for signs of severe trauma. The infant died later at the hospital and Joseph Williams has been charged with his death.
Boudin claims that he was unable to prosecute Joseph Williams for the assaults because the alleged victim had not wanted to press charges, which is typical in domestic violence cases. Many victims refuse to press charges out of fear of retaliation from the abuser. However in California, domestic violence is considered a crime against the state and it is the responsibility of the District Attorney’s Office to figure out a way to make the charges stick.
@chesaboudin is the worse thing ever to happen to SF
— Team Rocket (@Hodler35) April 26, 2021
Kathy Black the executive director of La Casa de las Madres, a local domestic violence shelter, was outraged that Boudin did not take the abuse seriously.
“Domestic violence is a crime against the state of California, and the district attorney’s job is to work with what the Police Department has gathered at the crime scene and develop the evidence to present a case. That’s his job — it’s not the victim’s job.” – Kathy Black
Had Boudin done his job and prosecuted the case, Synciere Williams might still be alive.