Lawyer of Steinle killer blames racism, and other reactions to Kate Steinle verdict

Her name is Kate Steinle

On July 1, 2015, 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle died in hospital two hours after being shot in the back by a bullet which had ricocheted off the concrete floor of Pier 14 in the Embarcadero district of San Francisco while she was walking with her father and a friend.

The bullet was fired from a 40 caliber handgun held by Jose Inez Garcia Zarate, a Mexican national who was illegally in the United States, had been deported from the U.S. a total of five times, most recently in 2009. He was on probation in Texas at the time of the shooting, and had seven felony convictions of drug (heroin possession and manufacturing.

On March 26, 2015, U.S. Bureau of Prisons turned Garcia Zarate over to San Francisco authorities for an outstanding drug warrant. He was transported to San Francisco County Jail to face a 20-year-old felony charge of selling and possessing marijuana after he had completed his prison term in San Bernardino in Southern California for illegally entering the U.S.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a detainer for Garcia Zarate, requesting S. F. authorities to keep him in custody until immigration authorities could pick him up. But, San Francisco, being a sanctuary city, disregarded the detainer and released him on April 15, 2015.

2½ months later, on July 1, Garcia Zarate fired the bullet that killed Kate Steinle. If San Francisco had not released the illegal repeat-offender, Steinle would still be alive today.

Garcia Zarate claimed he had fired the shot accidentally while picking up the gun which he had found, moments before, wrapped in cloth beneath the bench on which he was sitting. (The gun belonged to a BLM ranger, who lost the gun when his car was broken into.)

The bullet struck Steinle in the back and pierced her aorta. Her father and others performed CPR on Kate before paramedics arrived and took her by ambulance to San Francisco General Hospital where she died two hours later.

Garcia Zarate fled the scene and threw the gun into the bay. He was arrested about an hour after the shooting about one mile south of Pier 14. San Francisco Police divers found the gun in the bay alongside Pier 14 the next day.

During the trial of Garcia Zarate, which began on October 23, 2017, police revealed how they tricked him into confessing to the shooting. The prosecution claimed he brought the stolen gun to the crime scene while the defense contended the weapon was found under a Pier 14 seat.

On November 30, 2017, after 9 days of deliberation, the jury found Garcia Zarate not guilty of murder and manslaughter, but convicted him on illegal possession of a firearm. (Source: Wikipedia)

Here are some reactions to the Steinle murder verdict:

(1) President Trump:

(2) Secret Service agent Dan Bongino:

(3) Steinle killer’s defense attorney, Francisco Ugarte, calls those who are outraged by the jury verdict “racists” (h/t Gateway Pundit):

“I believe today is a vindication of the rights of immigrants. That today we have to reflect all of us on how we talked about this case in the beginning. And how this swarm of reflection and reaction on the basis of what I believe to be the racial dynamics of this case. Nothing about Garcia Zarate’s ethnicity, nothing about his immigration status, nothing about the fact that he was born in Mexico had any relevance on what happened on July 1, 2015.”

In other words, Ugarte wants it both ways — While insisting that Zarate’s illegal “immigration status” has no relevance to his killing of Steinle, Ugarte at the same time calls the jury verdict “a vindication of the rights of immigrants”.

(4) Trump administration will deport Zarate:

(5) Republicans react to Steinle verdict by rioting . . . .

H/t Reddit

What you can do:

Support Kate’s Law!

After Steinle’s killing, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Arizona) introduced HR 3011, the Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act of 2015, also known as Kate’s Law. No vote was ever held. (Salmon has since retired from Congress.)

On June 23, 2017, House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) reintroduced Kate’s Law (HR 3004) and an anti-sanctuary city bill into the House. HR 3004 protects public safety by enhancing penalties for deported felons who return to the United States.

On June 29, the House passed HR 3004 or Kate’s Law by a vote of 257-167. The bill is now in the Senate.

~Eowyn

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24 responses to “Lawyer of Steinle killer blames racism, and other reactions to Kate Steinle verdict

  1. Kevin J Lankford

    I’m not racist……I hate em all, no matter their color or origin. Illegal aliens are a scourge, as in plague, to be despised, not celebrated.

    Do I remember correctly….That california now allows illegals to serve on juries?

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  2. I’ll bet Jose Inez Garcia Zarate is elected Mayor of San Francisco in their next election. “FIRST UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT to be elected MAYOR of an American City.” Frisco’s NEW claim to fame!

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    • DCG . . . that just about says it all! If you are a person of any degree of intelligence, it is abhorring to view the actions of the liberals . . . because they are dragging our entire society, and country down! It is most dismaying to think that the views of liberalism have blossomed within the ranks of my generation . . . the Baby Boomers. It must have been all that “free love, and hippy-dippy flower power” that started poisoning the well.

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  3. I think it would be a mistake, at this point, to deport Zarate—he’ll come back and kill again.
    What Trump has to do is take some sort of Federal action to keep Zarate in custody, at the very least. And he will have to take some sort of decisive action to overturn the sanctuary city problem. What kind of action would that be? Sending in Federal agents to these cities? Sending in the Marines? I don’t know at this point. But there must be some sort of decisive action he could take that would put these local politicians in their place.
    Problem: The people would have to support Trump over their local politicians. Then again, there is the other problem of States’ Rights.

    This truly is a travesty, a miscarriage of justice. And it also proves that bad cases make for bad laws. We must also not permit any state to trump (no pun intended) what is clearly good and sound Federal Law.

    What to do?

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    • steven . . . I think that you are 100% right when you wrote . . . “it would be a mistake, at this point, to deport Zarate . . . . ” That murderous POS should never be able to see the light of day again, must less be able to walk around free.

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    • Agree w/you, as usual, stevenb…..I think the Justice Dept. might prepare charges against him on being a parolee in possession of a firearm. Doesn’t matter if he fired it “accidentally” upon “finding it under a bench.” He touched it. He took possession. He (accidentally?????? NOT) fired it. This put him into possession. This could be 10 years in Federal Prison….and, I’m sure, there are other Federal charges that could run consecutively.. .perhaps re-entering the country illegally after deportation, parole violations in excess of the gun charge….failure to report to parole officers….pretty sure there are tons going on here……Just a shame that the jury had to make a decsion WITHOUT these sorts of facts about this goober’s long history of being a worthless piece of humanity…..

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  4. A perfect example of politics reverting justice.

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  5. California is ruined by leftest and illegals. Completely trashed. I left in 1994.
    It was beautiful at one time…but now just a nice place to visit & get home.

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  6. I cannot think of any greater travesty than trading the life of a beautiful, intelligent, young girl with her entire life in front of her . . . . . as opposed to a dirty old, smirking, felonious, drug manufacturing, wart located on the butt of humanity. May he come to an speedy, ignominious death.

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  7. What people need to focus on are three things:

    1-A judge who prevents relevant evidence from being presented.

    2-A jury that disregarded the law and evidence.

    3-A prosecutor who doesn’t know how to win a no lose trial.

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  8. We have Federal laws in place that clearly say, after returning to the US he should go to jail. For San Fran to ignore the laws puts them directly at fault, but to find a common sense judge to rule in favor of the law will be near to impossible. May that city never get another dime of our tax payer money and slowly slide into the sea.

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  9. California Court Rejects Attempt to Throw Out Judicial Watch Taxpayer Lawsuit Against San Francisco’s Illegal Immigrant Sanctuary Policies

    https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/california-court-rejects-attempt-throw-judicial-watch-taxpayer-lawsuit-san-franciscos-illegal-immigrant-sanctuary-policies/

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