San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimiis is defending his decision to release illegal alien, seven time felon and five time deported Francisco Sanchez onto the streets of his sanctuary city today after Sanchez shot and killed 33-year-old Kate Steinle while she was on a walk with her father last week.
Mirkarimiis is being accused of being complicit in Steinle's killing after Sanchez admitted in a jailhouse interview that he chose San Francisco due to sanctuary city policies. Those policies have been implemented and strongly supported by Mirkarimiis over the years.
"California and San Francisco politicians are culpable for implementing and enforcing policies that resulted in Ms. Steinle's murder. In 2013, the California Legislature approved a bill barring police and sheriff's departments across the state from honoring most ICE detainer requests. That bill was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
That law, along with a 2013 city ordinance and a 2014 policy implemented by Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, resulted in Sanchez being released from custody in March 2015 after he had been arrested on drug charges. San Francisco refused to honor an ICE detainer request even though Sanchez has seven previous felony convictions on his record," the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) issued in a statement yesterday.
But it turns out that Mirkarimiis has a history of his own. In 2012 he was convicted on a domestic violence charge. From the 2012 LA Times:
The saga began New Year's Eve, when Mirkarimi, his wife and their 2-year-old son, Theo, went out for lunch, court documents said. En route to the restaurant, according to Mirkarimi's arrest warrant, Lopez asked if she could visit her family in Venezuela after her husband's Jan. 8 inauguration.
In response, Mirkarimi began screaming obscenities, accusing Lopez of "trying to take Theo away from me." He turned the car around, told his wife she "didn't deserve to eat" and drove home, court documents said.
"The fight continued and became louder, and Ross Mirkarimi continued to be verbally abusive and physically abusive," the arrest warrant said. The incident was reported to involve "pushing, pulling and grabbing."
On New Year's Day, court documents said, Lopez knocked on her neighbor's door, went inside and burst into tears. According to the neighbor, Lopez pushed up her sleeve to reveal a large bruise on her right arm and said it happened when Mirkarimi grabbed her. The neighbor pulled out a video camera and shot about 55 seconds of footage showing a distraught Lopez.
San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was sentenced Monday to three years of probation in a domestic-violence case involving his wife, a former Venezuelan telenovela star.
Mirkarimi earlier was charged with three misdemeanors and could have been sentenced to a year in jail if convicted. Those charges were dropped as part of a plea deal.
Mirkarimi was also sentenced to one day in jail, for which he was given credit for time served. He will be required to complete 100 hours of community service and 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling. In addition, he has to pay fines and fees of nearly $600.
After the hearing in a San Francisco courtroom, Mirkarimi expressed remorse for his actions.
Apparently San Francisco residents didn't allow domestic violence to keep them from voting Mirkarimi back into office, leading to his decision to allow Sanchez to walk and eventually kill.