Garcia Zarate found not guilty in Steinle murder case
- Author: Adam Floyd Dec 01, 2017,
Dec 01, 2017, 5:40
Zarate, who had been deported to Mexico five times since first entering the United States as a juvenile, said the July 1, 2015, shooting of Kate Steinle on a pier in San Francisco, was an accident.
The jury's decision indicates that it was convinced that the shooting was an accident. He had finished a federal prison sentence for illegal re-entry into the United States and was transferred in March 2015 to San Francisco's jail to face a 20-year-old charge for selling marijuana.
Languishing in seventh behind his Republican competitors at the time, just two weeks into his campaign, Trump used Garcia Zarate's past-he had been deported from the US five times and had seven felony convictions, including drug charges-as proof of his campaign's anti-immigrant operating thesis.
Such cities often do not use municipal funds or resources to enforce federal immigration laws. In the aftermath of the shooting there was a lot of finger-pointing among local officials.
Garcia Zarate's undocumented status and San Francisco's status as a "sanctuary city" prompted widespread debate over immigration policies.
President Trump later signed an executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with USA immigration authorities, a policy that a federal judge in San Francisco permanently blocked Monday.
"ICE knew that he had been deported five times", Mirkarimi has said. In reality, she was shot only once.
Trump also mentioned Steinle in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention after winning the Republican presidential nomination.
San Francisco became a sanctuary city in 1989.
This summer, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3004, dubbed "Kate's Law" - a measure named for Steinle.
Yet in aftermath of his sister's death, Brad Steinle spoke out against then-candidate Trump for "sensationalizing" her death.
Steinle was walking on Pier 14 with her father and a family friend around 6:30 p.m. when she was struck in the back by a single bullet that had ricocheted off the pier before it hit her. Freya Horne, chief legal counsel to the county sheriff who runs the jail, told CNN that he was let go because there was no legal cause to detain the suspect.
"I don't want to be affiliated with someone who doesn't have the common courtesy to reach out and ask about Kate, and our political views and what we want", he added.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions condemned San Francisco's sanctuary city policy in the wake of a not-guilty verdict in Kate Steinle's death Thursday. The Department of Justice will continue to ensure that all jurisdictions place the safety and security of their communities above the convenience of criminal aliens. "I urge the leaders of the nation's communities to reflect on the outcome of this case and consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to cooperate with federal law enforcement officers".More news: Harvey Weinstein Latest Accuser Describes Alleged Sexual Attack