The family of Katie Steinle has filed a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco, former Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In keeping with San Francisco’s sanctuary city policies, Katie’s killer, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, was released from custody despite a detainer placed on him by ICE. Mirkarimi may have the most explaining to do. He took Lopez-Sanchez from federal custody on a drug charge he knew was past the statute of limitations. It reeks of his way of releasing Lopez-Sanchez from federal custody and putting him back on the street.
The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) is included in the suit because the gun the killer used came from them. Mirkarimi was beaten in his reelection bid and his replacement, Vicki Hennessy, vowed that she would cooperate more with federal authorities but the San Francisco Board of Supervisors took the matter out her hands by passing new sanctuary city ordinances that would cooperate with federal authorities when certain conditions were met. They include when an inmate “has been convicted of a serious felony in the past five years or has been convicted of three felonies in specified state penal codes, such as robbery or assault with a deadly weapon, arising out of three separate incidents in the past five years.”
Other charges including felonies would not trigger the cooperation. Even city officials admit that the new regulations would not have prevented Steinle’s death which the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and local illegal immigrant activists called, ” an unfortunate incident.” Sounds like “workplace violence” doesn’t it?
The Steinle family expressed it’s regrets that congress failed to pass “Kate’s Law,” which would have prevented similar incidents in the future by punishing sanctuary cities.