9/1/15, "Kate Steinle’s parents file legal claims against San Francisco, federal officials, in pier shooting death," NY Daily News, Deborah Hastings, Rachelle Blidner
"Kate Steinle's parents announced Tuesday they had filed legal claims
against San Francisco and federal officials in connection to their
daughter’s death, which sparked fierce national debate about immigration
"We're here not only for Kate, we're here for every citizen of this
country who comes to San Francisco," said Jim Steinle, Kate's father.
"If you think this can't happen to you, think again.
Speaking to acrowd of reporters, Jim and his wife, Liz Sullivan, were
joined by their son, Brad Steinle. The family said it had filed claims
against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, the U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, whose stolen
gun was used in the shooting, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
Kate Steinle was shot to death while going on a stroll with her dad at Pier 14 on July 1. She died in her father's arms.
"She said 'help me, help me.' That's my bedtime story every night," her dad said.
Family attorney Frank Pitrie said "What happened on Pier 14 was not only forseeable, it was preventable."
Katie's mother told reporters "This is for accountabiliity for public
officials that we have voted for, who are not doing their job."
Her alleged killer, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez,
a 45-year-old Mexican national, had been deported five times for
multiple felonies. He had been held in a San Francisco jail in April and
released when the charges were dropped because of the city's "sanctuary
Sheriff Mirkarimi should have notified ICE when Lopez-Sanchez was released from jail, the Steinle family says.
His attorney said the shooting was accidental -- he found the .40-caliber gun on the pier by his feet and it accidentally went off. The firearm had been stolen from a Bureau of Land Management ranger during a car break-in in June.
Steinle's death prompted presidential candidates like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to weigh in on immigration reform. Her parents have been outspoken about the need for change, calling on legislative action at a senate judiciary hearing in July."