(swipe 👈🏽 4 more) A jury on Thursday found an undocumented immigrant not guilty in the July 2015 death of #KateSteinle, a decision that reignited the debate over immigration policy.
#JoseInesGarciaZarate, 45, was acquitted of murder and involuntary manslaughter charges, as well as assault with a deadly weapon. Jurors convicted the #Mexican citizen of being a felon in possession of a firearm, which could bring a three-year sentence.
Prosecutors had argued #GarciaZarate intentionally shot #Steinle, 32, with a #SigSauer .40-caliber handgun as she and her father walked on #SanFranciscosPier14. But Garcia Zarate's defense attorney said the shooting was accidental and the bullet ricocheted off the ground and traveled about 80 feet before hitting Steinle.
Federal immigration officials said they will try to deport Garcia Zarate. He had been deported from the #UnitedStates five times prior to Steinle's death.
Reaction to the jury's decision, after more than 24 hours of deliberation over six days, was swift. #PresidentDonaldTrump called the verdict "disgraceful." Attorney General #JeffSessions said #SanFrancisco's status as a sanctuary city was largely to blame for what happened that summer day. Before the shooting, officials in San Francisco released Garcia Zarate from custody instead of turning him over to immigration authorities. "A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration," the President tweeted. "I urge the leaders of the nation's communities to reflect on the outcome of this case and consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to cooperate with federal law enforcement officers," #Sessions said in a statement.
Sessions said: "When jurisdictions choose to return criminal aliens to the streets rather than turning them over to federal immigration authorities, they put the public's safety at risk." Conservative pundit #AnnCoulter said Steinle "would still be alive if we had a wall," referring to the President's call for the construction of a border wall between the #US and #Mexico. #TheSavageRoom #Savage