(National Sentinel) Sanctuary City: A jury in San Francisco acquitted the illegal alien who killed Kate Steinle, 32, the woman President Donald J. Trump used as justification for his proposed border wall.
The case also highlighted “sanctuary city” policies like those in Bay Area metropolis in which local police are not permitted to cooperate with federal immigration officials in identifying and removing people in the U.S. illegally.
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, of Mexico, had been caught and deported from the U.S. multiple times. He had been released from jail under a sanctuary policy when he killed Steinle, even though federal immigration officials were trying to detain him.
The acquittal outraged the president, who took to Twitter Friday morning to express his anger and disappointment at the decision.
“A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration,” he wrote.
“The Kate Steinle killer came back and back over the weakly protected Obama border, always committing crimes and being violent, and yet this info was not used in court. His exoneration is a complete travesty of justice. BUILD THE WALL!”
He added: “The jury was not told the killer of Kate was a 7 time felon. The Schumer/Pelosi Democrats are so weak on Crime that they will pay a big price in the 2018 and 2020 Elections.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions also responded to the verdict by blasting sanctuary city policies.
“San Francisco’s decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle,” he said.
Local media following the trial seemed as though they expected a guilty verdict, The Washington Post reported.
The CBS station in San Francisco called the verdict “shocking.” “Stunning,” said the San Francisco Chronicle.
Jim Steinle, Kate’s father, who was with her when she was killed, said he was “saddened and shocked,” the Chronicle reported. “Justice was rendered, but it was not served.”
Matt Gonzalez, the lawyer for Garcia Zarate, defended the ruling and even brought up the Russian collusion investigation of the Trump administration as a deflection.
“For those who might criticize this verdict — there are a number of people who have commented on this case in the last couple of years …. Let me just remind them they are themselves under investigation by a special prosecutor in Washington, D.C. and they may soon avail themselves of the presumption of innocence beyond a reasonable doubt, so I ask that they reflect on that before they comment or disparage the results of this case,” Gonzales said.
As for the verdict, the Post reported:
After deliberations that began on Nov. 21, Garcia Zarate, 45, a Mexican citizen, was found not guilty of murder, as well of the lesser charges of involuntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon. He was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, which carries a sentence of up to three years. Federal immigration officials said they would now deport Garcia Zarate.
Garcia Zarate’s multiple deportations become a rallying cry for Trump during his campaign last year. As a candidate, Trump pledged to build a wall along the length of the U.S.-Mexico border and to enforce all immigration laws.
Steinle was shot by Garcia Zarate on July 1, 2015, as she walked with her father along the crowded Pier 14 in San Francisco. Jim Steinle testified that they heard a gunshot and that shortly thereafter his daughter fell to the ground.
“Help me, dad,” was the last thing she said to him, he testified in court.
The bullet had been fired from a .40 caliber handgun Garcia Zarate had stolen from a nearby car of a ranger with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
The bullet pierced Kate Steinle’s aorta, and she died hours later at a hospital in San Francisco.
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