A massive failure of San Francisco authorities resulted in the tragic loss of a young woman's life in July 2015. An illegal alien who should have been deported was instead released back onto the streets under the city's "sanctuary law" only to shoot and kill an actual citizen and now that illegal will walk free after a jury of other immigrants found him "not guilty" today.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A verdict has been reached in the Garcia Zarate case.</p>— SF Superior Court (@SFSuperiorCourt) <a href="https://twitter.com/SFSuperiorCourt/status/936372415155679232?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 30, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Kate Steinle, 32, was walking on a San Francisco boardwalk with her father and a family friend when she was shot in the back without warning. A San Francisco District Attorney described how the bullet struck Steinle who collapsed on the pier, "The only thing she could say was ‘dad, help me, help me. Those would be her last words."
The city of San Francisco failed Steinle and put an illegal immigrants life first instead of one of their own citizens. The shooter was Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an illegal immigrant living on the streets of San Francisco. Thursday, a jury of six men and six women, three of which are immigrants themselves, found 54-year-old Zarate not guilty of Steinle despite admitting to firing the bullet that killed her.
Zarate's defense claimed, "he didn't know he was holding a gun" when he picked up a wrapped bundle under a bench. Zarate's lawyer, Matt Gonzalez, told the court that he had no idea he was holding a gun and when it accidentally went off the bullet struck the pavement before ricocheting 78 feet and striking Steinle.
The defense argued that the model of handgun Zarate fired was "known for having a hairpin trigger" accidentally discharging. The handgun was stolen from a federal Bureau of Land Management agent's vehicle several days before the shooting. Why would a federal agent be using a firearm that could accidentally go off at any time?
Zarate had already been arrested and deported five times before he was arrested again for a warrant over old drug charges and released back onto the streets. Zarate picked up the gun and shot Steinle before throwing it into the ocean and running away like a guilty coward. If the shooting was accidental why didn't he stay to help the victim?
This disgusting injustice could have been prevented if federal immigration authorities were not blocked from doing their job by liberal San Francisco county. Now we all get to look forward to having a murdering, illegal felon walking free on the streets.
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