Local and federal officials are the target of a lawsuit following the death of Kate Steinle, 32, her family announced Tuesday. Steinle was allegedly murdered by a criminal alien in July.
Fox News reported Tuesday that Steinle’s family is suing San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Bureau of Land Management. The family contends that it was lack of oversight that led to Kate’s death on Pier 14 in San Francisco.
Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez has been charged in Steinle’s murder. He not only confessed to the crime but told investigators he went to San Francisco for its “sanctuary city” policy, which has been in effect since 1989. Cities with this policy will not enforce immigration law.
Brad Steinle, Kate’s brother, gave heartfelt remarks during a press conference at San Francisco City Hall Tuesday:
We feel as though we’ve exhausted avenues, we’re frustrated, and we’re here to make sure that a change is made so nobody has to endure pain that my mom and dad and I go through on a daily basis because the system failed our sister.
“There was nothing, according to the mayor, that prevented this sheriff from picking up the phone and notifying the federal agency responsible for detention and deportment that there was a man in custody with this history,” family attorney Ed Pitre said.
“The sheriff, we’ve alleged in the claim filed today, acted in excess and in abuse of his authority” by limiting communication with the Feds, Pitre added.
In the family’s claim against the sheriff, they point to a March 13 memo in which Mirkarimi instructs deputies not to notify ICE about jailed suspects, directly going against federal law which gives law enforcement officers the right to contact federal immigration authorities, according to KNTV.
In light of Lopez-Sanchez’s release in March, the family is suing ICE for releasing the alleged murderer to local police in San Francisco with the knowledge that the city has a “sanctuary city” policy and had been advised on “several occasions” it will not honor any ICE detainers.
The claim against BLM asserts the bureau failed “to follow mandatory regulations and procedures,” enabling Lopez-Sanchez to gain access to the firearm–a .40 caliber SIG Sauer–which ultimately lead to Steinle’s death. It also says the firearm was “unattended in a backpack that was in plain sight.”
The Steinle family is seeking unspecified damages in the suits.
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