In his opening monologue tonight, Sean Hannity said sanctuary city laws and policies killed Kate Steinle.
The jury reached a verdict in six days and convicted Garcia Zarate of possessing a firearm but found him not guilty of assault with a firearm. Languishing in seventh behind his Republican competitors at the time, just two weeks into his campaign, Trump used Garcia Zarate's past-he had been deported from the USA five times and had seven felony convictions, including drug charges-as proof of his campaign's anti-immigrant operating thesis. "They did not obey the law".
But he told jurors that Garcia Zarate had no motivation to kill Steinle and that as bad as her death was, "nothing you do is going to fix that".
Sanctuary supporters say enlisting police in deportation actions undermines community trust in local law enforcement, particularly among Latinos.More news: Prince George asks Santa for police auto on dad's Finland trip
Garcia Zarate had been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation when Kate Steinle was fatally shot in the back while walking with her father on the pier.
Watch the monologue above.
"The Department of Justice will continue to ensure that all jurisdictions place the safety and security of their communities above the convenience of criminal aliens", Sessions said. San Francisco still won't honor a federal detainer request unless the detainee has committed a violent or serious felony in the past seven years. The bullet ricocheted on the pier's concrete walkway before it struck Steinle.
Despite the national political implications, the San Francisco jury was charged with a more discreet task of criminal culpability for Steinle's death.More news: Trump makes 'Pocahontas' slur at Native American ceremony
At trial, Zarate admitted to firing the shot that killed Steinle, 32, but contended that he had picked up a gun underneath a bench on the San Francisco pier and accidentally fired it July 1, 2015. A federal judge dismissed the family's claims against San Francisco and former Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi earlier this year.
Gonzalez said in his closing argument that he knows it's hard to believe Garcia Zarate found an object that turned out to be a weapon, which fired when he picked it up.
In a response to the verdict, Attorney General Jeff Sessions also released a statement saying despite California's attempt at a murder conviction, Zarate was able to walk away with only one conviction because he was not turned over by San Francisco to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
"My opponent wants Sanctuary Cities". When he was released, ICE sent him to San Francisco on March 26, 2015, for a 1995 warrant accusing him of selling $20 worth of marijuana. On April 15, 2015, Zarate was freed from the San Francisco County Jail. "But where was sanctuary for Kate Steinle?" he asked. "It's disconcerting", Brad Steinle told CNN's Anderson Cooper.More news: Free flu vaccine clinics to open in Springfield
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