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Nearly a year after she was killed, the family of the woman who was murdered by an illegal alien on a San Francisco pier has filed a lawsuit against the city.
The shooting of Kate Steinle by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez last summer thrust the”sanctuary” policy of the “City by the Bay” into the nationwide spotlight.
San Francisco has been a haven for illegal immigrants because of its policy to not contact immigration officials when it has an illegal in custody, unless they are charged with, or have in the past seven years been convicted of, a violent crime, according to Fox News.
It is because of that policy, which the city upheld this week, that Steinle’s family is holding the city, the sheriff and others responsible for the death of the 32-year-old, Fox News reported.
“We’re approaching the one year anniversary of Katie’s death and it is a particularly difficult time for the family,” Steinle family attorney Frank Pitre said.
Steinle was shot in the back and died in her father’s arms while out for an evening walk along the city’s waterfront on July 1, 2015.
The gun Lopez-Sanchez, who had previously been deported back to Mexico five times, used belonged to an agent for the Bureau of Land Management who reported it stolen. The agency is also named n the lawsuit.
Lopez-Sanchez, who has been charged with second degree murder, had just recently been released from a San Francisco jail at the time of the murder, despite a request from immigration officials to hold him for possible deportation.
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