The killing of Kate Steinle in July 2015 by an illegal alien sparked national outrage and raised awareness of San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” law that protects people who are in the country illegally.
This week, on Tuesday, the city of San Francisco voted unanimously to UPHOLD the “sanctuary city” law which severely limits when police officers can report a person’s illegal status to ICE.
According to the rules adopted, the defendant must be CHARGED with a violent crime, and already CONVICTED of a violent crime within the past 7 years, before they can be reported to ICE as an illegal.
The Steinle Family filed a lawsuit Friday, arguing that Kate’s killer, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, should have been in custody if it had not been for mistakes made by city and federal officials.
Those named in the lawsuit include the sheriff at the time, Ross Mirkarimi, along with ICE and the BLM. The suit is seeking unspecified damages.
Lopez-Sanchez is a repeat drug offender and a habitual border-crosser, having been deported five times previous to Kate’s murder. Steinle was shot in the back while out walking along the pier with her father and a friend. Lopez-Sanchez has pleaded not guilty, claiming he accidentally fired a weapon he found. The gun had been stolen from a BLM vehicle.
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