San Francisco Officials Remove Pier 14 Steinle Memorial

San Francisco Officials Remove Pier 14 Steinle Memorial

San Francisco Officials Remove Pier 14 Steinle Memorial

Shooter Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who had already been deported five times, was released by San Francisco authorities three months before the shooting in defiance of a federal immigration detainer.

A Congressman plans to introduce a bill threatening local officials with massive fines and jail time for sheltering illegal immigrants from deportation.

President Trump seized on Steinle's killing as a presidential candidate, pointing to it as an example of the need to strengthen immigration laws. after the verdict was announced Thursday night, calling it "disgraceful". The jury ultimately found him guilty of a firearm possession charge.

"The Steinle family placed a request with the Mayor's Office for the bench to remain as it was intended - a simple memorial in recognition of Kate and her spirit", said Lee's spokeswoman, Deirdre Hussey. Zarate purportedly held the murder weapon (the handgun) in his hand, pulled the trigger, resulting in a bullet robbing Kate Steinle of her life.

Tom Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), says he was "stunned" and "sickened" by the not guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial. Kate's story will go down in history as being one of the most flagrant travesties of justice the legal system has had to endure.

Juors began deliberating Tuesday in the murder trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate
San Francisco Officials Remove Pier 14 Steinle Memorial

It remains to be seen if the Department of Justice will turn Garcia Zarate over to federal immigration officials to begin deportation proceedings. But at the end of the trial, the judge agreed to the prosecutor's request that jurors could also consider convicting him of first-degree murder if they believed Garcia Zarate meant to kill Steinle. "It was used to catapult a presidency along that philosophy of hate of others".

"We're just shocked - saddened and shocked. that's about it", he said in an interview the family said would be its last. "I believe today is a day of vindication for the rest of immigrants", Ugarte declared.

Garcia Zarate's attorneys argued that the ricochet of the fatal bullet supported an accidental shooting theory.

San Francisco Deputy District Attorney Diana Garcia urged jurors to convict Garcia Zarate of first-degree murder, saying he had come to the pier with a gun and a desire to hurt someone.

Twitter users turned to the hashtags #BoycottSanFrancisco and #kateswall to demand construction of the U.S. -Mexico border wall that Trump has called for.

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