The verdict in Kate Steinle’s case has caused controversy and disappointed many people, including President Donald Trump. Here is what you need to know about the situation.
An undocumented immigrant named Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who admitted to fatally shooting Kate Steinle, has been found not guilty of second-degree murder. On July 1, 2015, Steinle, 32, was taking a walk with her father on a San Francisco pier when she was shot by Zarate.
The #KateSteinle verdict is the single greatest failing of the American criminal justice system since the acquittal of O.J. Simpson. I cannot even begin to imagine the heartbreak her family is feeling right now. Make no mistake, Kate would have gotten justice in almost any other state. From the beginning, the defense linked the prosecution’s entire case to Trump & the wall, which was more than enough to trigger this liberal San Francisco jury. Kate and her family never had a chance. It is unreal to think that we now live in a country where an illegal immigrant, with 6 PRIOR DEPORTATION ORDERS & 7 PRIOR VIOLENT FELONIES , can kill an American citizen on us soil and be acquitted by a jury of that same citizen’s peers. In all of this, I found the prosecution’s statement following the verdict to be especially toothless. They used words like “we will respect the decision”. I respect NOTHING about a room full of liberals deciding an illegal immigrant killing an American is okay! NOTHING! On top of all that, now we’re learning that the DOJ will be deporting him, which is far too little and far too late. Deporting him will do nothing. He was deported 6 TIMES already and only came back to wreak havoc on our soil. If we kept him out the first time, Kate Steinle would still be alive! Hell, I bet a year from now we’ll be hearing he’s back in the US and if he’s in the great tolerant sanctuary state of California, we can’t even touch him! That’s how badly political correctness has warped our minds and our laws! That being said, the scariest part of this verdict isn’t that an illegal immigrant got away with killing an American citizen, but rather that thousands more like him now can as well because of the dangerous precedent set in this case. That put’s the safety of you, me and every other American citizen at risk. The only way we can fight that risk is by asserting our 2nd Amendment rights, arming ourselves LEGALLY and advocating our leaders to support concealed carry. Because clearly, we can’t even rely on our own justice system to protect us. In closing, I pray the Steinle family strength and our country wisdom in the years to come.
Zarate has been deported to Mexico five times. Following the shooting, the Kate Steinle case became part of the debate about the removal of undocumented immigrants with criminal records.
During the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump cited Steinle’s death as a reason to toughen immigration policies.
Although Zarate has confessed to shooting Steinle in the back, he also claims that the gun went off accidentally.
Trumps Outraged by Kate Steinle Verdict
Following the verdict on November 30, President Donald Trump took to Twitter, writing, “A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration.”
A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2017
Trump’s son, Donald Jr., also tweeted about the outcome: “What a disgrace. Don’t let the rest of the country become California. If this isn’t a wake call up [sic] to reasonable and law abiding people I don’t know what is.”
What a disgrace. Don’t let the rest of the country become California. If this isn’t a wake call up to reasonable and law abiding people I don’t know what is. https://t.co/oOhPWXVU7u
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 1, 2017
Zarate has also been found not guilty of assault with a deadly weapon and involuntary manslaughter or assault with a firearm. He faces 16 months to three years in state prison. However, U.S. immigration officials have said that Zarate will be deported whenever his case ends.
A sentencing date has not yet been set.
Kate Steinle’s family is very disappointed with the outcome of the case, especially her father, who was with her when she was shot. Jim Steinle said, “There’s no other way you can coin it. Justice was rendered, but it was not served.”