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The press whips up toxic anti-immigrant madness

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Even in SF, reporters are leaping on the bandwagon, blaming a very reasonable city policy for a tragic murder

Lots of cities don't cooperate with ICE, for very good reasons.
Lots of cities don’t cooperate with ICE, for very good reasons.

By Tim Redmond

JULY 7, 2015 – There’s really no other way to say this: The political and news media response to the Pier 14 killing last week has become so awful that it’s toxic.

The frenzy included an SF Chronicle story quoting (as a legitimate source) an organization identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a possible hate group linked to serious extremists; a stunningly inflammatory KPIX news report that involved a reporter knocking on the door of the home of Sup. David Campos (when pretty much everyone at City Hall knew he was in Los Angeles visiting family); and a statement from the San Francisco Police Officers Association that is remarkable in its vitriol toward immigrants.

There’s an old adage in the legal profession that tough cases make bad law. That’s what’s happening here. A guy who should never have been able to get a gun (and why isn’t that part of the story?) got a gun and shot and killed a woman. And it turns out that he had recently been in the county jail, and had a felony record – and the feds wanted to deport him. Except that San Francisco –like about 300 cities and counties around the nation – has a well-reasoned, sensible policy of not turning people who otherwise would not be in custody over to ICE without a court order.

Oh, and as Joe Eskenazi notes in one of the rare good stories on the issue, there were more than 10,00 instances in California just this year when ICE detainers were ignored.

Remember:  Francisco Sanchez was not facing any criminal charges in San Francisco. He had completed his most recent prison sentence, and was arrested on a 20-year-old warrant that District Attorney George Gascon declined to prosecute.

As far as we know right now, all of the charges against him were nonviolent offenses, including illegal re-entry and drugs. “We have no information that he has any violent crimes on his record,” Matt Gonzalez, chief trial lawyer for the Public Defenders Office and Sanchez’s lawyer, told me.

So while the mayor says that “our sanctuary policies should not create a safe harbor for convicted, violent felons,”  Sanchez was not a convicted violent felon.

The sheriff’s office, in other words, had nothing to indicate that he was anything but a person who had (a) a record of drug convictions and (b) had done time for illegally re-entering the United States after deportation. There was, quite simply, no legal reason to keep him in jail.

Again, Mayor Lee:

I am concerned about the circumstances that led to the release of Mr. Sanchez. All agencies involved, Federal and local, need to conduct quick, thorough and objective reviews of their own departmental policies and the decisions they made in this case.

Fine, but the review in SF is pretty simple: the sheriff followed the city’s laws and policies, which the mayor and all 11 supervisors supported.

Mirkarimi was on CNN and he pointed out that the feds have repeatedly failed to admit that local government doesn’t want to be and shouldn’t be the immigration-law enforcer – and that if ICE was concerned about this person, someone should have gone to a judge and gotten a warrant, which Mirkarimi would have followed, and Sanchez would be in federal custody today.

Sanchez has spent more than a decade of his life in federal prison — largely for the crime of illegally re-entering the US. Since he had a very old drug rap from Arizona, the law allows enhanced sentencing for re-entry.

“He’s never been convicted of a serious violent offense,” Francisco Urgarte, an immigration lawyer at the PD’s Office who is working with Gonzalez on the case, told me. “He got into this cycle of deportation.”

You have to wonder: Why did the feds send a guy who they wanted to deport to San Francisco on a 20-year-old minor pot warrant in the first place? “That case would never be prosecuted,” Gonzalez said. “The marijuana wouldn’t even be in the evidence locker at this point.”

And remember, he was in custody for two weeks after the pot charges were dropped, while the Sheriff’s Office checked all over to see if there was a legal reason to hold him.

What happened was terrible. But it was hardly the fault of San Francisco officials who followed the law on his release. So now are we supposed to repeal the Sanctuary City laws and go back to the days when anyone who is arrested for anything and has an ICE detention request gets deported? Back then, families were being destroyed over minor traffic accidents.

The media bandwagon

But that’s not what most of the news media are talking about. We’re seeing over and over again claims — inaccurate claims with no supporting evidence — that the city released a “violent felon.” And we’re hearing anti-immigrant statements from some very dubious sources being presented as credible analysis.

Let’s start with the Chron story two days ago. Carla Marinucci quoted Jessica Vaughn at the Center for Immigration Studies, which she identified as a “conservative think tank.” Vaughn, of course, was scathing in her criticism of San Francisco:

“This case is a very clear example of why … people in law enforcement have resisted these political policies which San Francisco and Santa Clara counties have imposed on them,” said Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies, a conservative think tank in Washington. “These policies are an accident waiting to happen.”

The case “falls squarely within the responsibility of the San Francisco (officials) and the California Legislature, who forced the Trust Act,” she said. But “the Obama administration has openly encouraged these policies and made a policy change in 2014 that enables all these jurisdictions in California to have these sanctuary policies.”

The term “conservative think tank” gives the place a certain veneer of credibility. There are, in fact, conservative think tanks run by serious scholars who put out public policy ideas that I think are wrong, but that are a legitimate part of the American debate. The Hoover Institution at Stanford is a “conservative think tank.”

The CIS is something else. It’s run by Mark Krikorian, and here, is how the (widely respected) Southern Poverty Law Center describes him and his group:

CIS was started in 1985 by a Michigan ophthalmologist named John Tanton — a man known for his racist statements about Latinos, his decades-long flirtation with white nationalists and Holocaust deniers, and his publication of ugly racist materials. CIS’ creation was part of a carefully thought-out strategy aimed at creating a set of complementary institutions to cultivate the nativist cause — groups including the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and NumbersUSA …

In 2007, a year before his comments on Washington Mutual, Krikorian accepted an invitation to speak at the Michigan State University chapter of Young Americans for Freedom. It apparently didn’t bother him that MSU-YAF had been widely covered in the media for a series of nasty stunts — staging a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day,” holding a “Koran Desecration” competition, and posting “Gays Spread AIDS” fliers across campus. He also didn’t seem to mind being part of the same speakers series that included Nick Griffin, a Holocaust denier who heads the extremist British National Party, and Jared Taylor, who says blacks are incapable of civilization.

It’s likely Marinucci, or at least the Chron editors, knew about this group; when Chron reporter Jaxon Van Derbeken was given an award from the organization (for his reporting on immigration) it set off something of a shitstorm.

So why would the Chron consider this group a credible source for anything, much less a story about immigration? I don’t know; Marinucci hasn’t responded to my emails.

Meanwhile, reporters seem obsessed with chasing down city officials to try (it appears) to get some sort of comment. Case in point: Sup. David Campos, who did not write the local sanctuary bill (that was John Avalos) but KPIX tried to text him, and when he didn’t respond, a reporter when to his house and knocked on the door, with the cameras running, as if to say: You can’t hide in there. Of course, he wasn’t home; a quick call to his office would have confirmed that he was out of town for the holiday.

So then the reporter ambushed Sup. Julie Christensen, who was utterly flummoxed and couldn’t figure out what to say. She clearly didn’t make any statement in support of the city’s policy.

Now I get an email from the San Francisco Police Officers Association, which has been defending cops accused of racist text messages, and even by POA standards, it’s pretty shocking:

Bottom line is a young innocent woman has been murdered in cold blood, in front of her father, by a 5 time deported illegal alien drug dealer. He is an ILLEGAL ALIEN not an undocumented immigrant and if he was where he belonged (Mexico) this innocent victim would still be alive.

Signed, of course, by POA President Martin Halloran.

We need to stop this, now.

The parents of the victim are showing real class. They are in mourning, but are not trying to make political points one way or the other.

But the local news media, right here in SF where people ought to know better, has turned this tragedy into an attack on immigrant rights and a city policy that, given the federal government’s attitude toward immigrants, is the really the only choice we could make.

And while this is a developing story, the level of piling on without facts is crazy. Other than a few moments of sanity, like this one by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, the record has been abysmal. I have seen not one correction of the misleading news that’s been unleashed. It’s bad. Very bad.

Tim Redmond
Tim Redmond has been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He spent much of that time as executive editor of the Bay Guardian. He is the founder of 48hills.

95 COMMENTS

  1. Yeah, the “suburbia is white” reality has shifted, but those numbers don’t really support an argument to the contrary. Devil’s in the details.

    There are burbs and there are burbs. The notion of white suburbia refers of course to the well-documented phenomenon of white flight, which has gone in two stages, and we’re in the midst of the second stage. Since the original white-flighters don’t like to pay their long-term maintenance bills, they’ve fled the old, inner burbs for new and newly-subsidized ones a bit further out, or to regentrify cities. Gentrification displaces the working class to the inner suburbs that are being abandoned by the white-flighters.

  2. ” and he didn’t “allow” his subordinates to do any such thing. ”

    OK, now this is just getting ridiculous. HE’S THE SHERIFF. IT’S HIS DEPARTMENT. You know very, _very_ well that if Mirk was a friend of Ed Lee’s, the inmate fights at the Sheriff’s Dept. would absolutely have been the subject of every other post on this site. The local left would be calling for his head for it.

    But no, it gets swept under the rug! Because he’s “progressive”.

  3. The intent of Sanctuary City is correct: to prevent otherwise law abiding undocumented people from being deported for having a tail light out and to lower the barriers to cooperation with law enforcement.

    This is a failure of law enforcement at all levels of government. Don’t they have fusion centers for things like this?

  4. Why did the billions of homeland security dollars not keep this seven time felon junkie from crossing the border? I guess those spy dollars are best spent indexing our metadata.

  5. OK, he “grabbed” his wife and it still resulted in a domestic dispute. His subordinates did behave in a reprehensible manner with the “gladiator wars” with inmates, and he’s in charge – the buck stops with him.

  6. He didn’t slap his wife, and he didn’t “allow” his subordinates to do any such thing. So now that we’re clear you’re living in a fact free universe, can you just admit that you hate him because he’s progressive?

  7. Hi Tim:
    I read on the Internet that the gun used was stolen from a border patrol officer while he was doing business in SF, do you know if this is true???

  8. Yeah, slapping his wife, allowing his subordinates to have inmates fight like gladiators, none of that has anything to do with the anti-Mirkarimi resentment.

  9. Ok, ugh 2013? 2014? This is the frist high-profile case, true. And the story seems to have a bit of ‘selective enforecment’. Campaign season, almost, if you will. Gosh, but Mirk seems so built for it – DV, Gladiators, released cons … .Maybe the casual observer would find these as flukes. I’m sure he’s done some good stuff. Hasn’t he??? Organic gardening for trustees? At least the jump suits aren’t Pink (ya know, if he’d switch the jummpsuits to horizontal B&W strips – a la Alcatraz – I might almost vote for the guy)

    Details are, of course, tricky. But obviously, a little less than what we’ve got now, eh?

  10. Really? Mirkarimi is a mindreader? The right wing Gascon has prosecuted people even for simple possession of pot, even though this is against city policy. And he refuses to even talk to the sheriff. Yet somehow Gascon gets a free pass and Mirkarimi needs to be run out of town. This is exactly what I’m talking about. Tea Party-like derangement.

  11. Pete,
    How long has the policy been in place? How many of these have we had? I rest my case.

    That said, I’d be open to some tweaks, but of course the devil is in the details.

  12. “I’m not for harboring … REPEAT violent offenders” (emphasis added).

    Oh, how magnanimous of you. You’re Ok if someone is violent once — Welcome Back!

    I’m of a different mind. Violence should be a one-way ticket out (unless you’re the Sheriff, of course). Repeated non-violent offenders have had their chance, and – blown it. Siyonara! Unfortunately we can’t do that with citizens. But that doesn’t mean we have to accept that behavior from those who shouldn’t be here in the first place. Does such a policy discourage immigrants (legal or illegal) who are here to pursue a dream, raise a family, or option opportunities? No.

    This tragedy happened as a result of the incentives “Sanctuary City” creates. The law needs to change. Otherwise, we’ll see more like “Sanctuary Sanchez”.

  13. So many street people are here these days. Could it be not just other cities sending them, but parts of our city government actively bringing them here?

  14. Mirkarimi’s office requested that Sanchez be brought to San Francisco on a 20 year old pot dealing charge, knowing full well he wouldn’t be prosecuted for it. Why?

    In light of this, the responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of Mirkarimi and his office. This idiot can’t be run out of town quickly enough.

  15. I’m not for harboring or releasing repeat violent offenders. Nobody is. But frankly his record didn’t suggest he’d be the kind of person who would kill someone. Sometimes you just can’t predict these things. It’s a tragedy, and nobody’s really at fault here. Not the progressive Sheriff. Not the conservative DA. Not the law which can’t and shouldn’t be expected to make predictions about people’s behavior a la “Minority Report.” People just need to stop their freakout session and chill.

    My only point was that people are conveniently using this tragedy to advance their preconceived agendas. They hate immigrants (or rather fear them, and the demographic and cultural shifts that immigrants bring), so they blame immigrants. Even though immigrants, undocumented or otherwise, cause less crime than native-born citizens. Oh, but you can’t openly blame all immigrants, so you speak in code about “illegals” and such. They want to get rid of Mirkarimi, so they blame everything on Mirkarimi, but not the right-wing Gascon who they adore, even though Gascon is as much to blame for this as Mirkarimi. Which is to say, not at all. But nevermind. It sounds like shades of the Tea Party, whose blind loathing for Obama causes them to blame him for everything from Benghazi to jobs going overseas to China.

    It’s like living in an alternate reality universe. I’m just sayin’…

  16. I suspect they didn’t deport him cuz the Fed Bureau of Prisons, who had him, are in the business of incarceration. ICE is in the business of deportation. Maybe BoP figured when the saw the warrant that they’d add some more ‘incarceration’ – something they’re familiar with, before a final deport.

    I hope all these people – includling our SF idiots – are hauled before a Congressional committee and this all gets aired out. Plenty of flubs along the way.

    However, “Sanctuary City” worked just as intended. Unfortunately.

  17. Not prosecuting is different from requesting he be sent to SF (on a 20 yo warrant for $20 of pot) and then releasing the b=tard.

    I can see Bureau of Prisons trying to clear a warrant. I can also see someone here figuring this is gonna be dropkicked and the guy being released – instead of the more likely scenario of him being deported if BoP gives him over to ICE.

    Its almost as if the system is a Full Employment Act for Idiots. And makes you start to wonder why worry about this guy at all. Except, SOMEONE GOT KILLED. And someone shouldn’t have been here to do that in the first place. Sanctuary City needs to be sharply revised. No more harboring (there, spellchecker got it) repeat criminals; third strike and your out!

  18. If there is going to be a border, then seven time felon junkies should probably be kept on the other side of it. We already have enough of our own.

  19. Only 7 out of 58 counties on California have avoided becoming sanctuary anythings. Don’t blame San Francisco for not honoring unconstitutional detainer requests.

  20. And likewise, the white population has fallen. These are important facts, but you’ll never hear progressives make reference to them because they contradict their story that the only thing standing between San Francisisco and bland monoculture is… progressive intervention.

  21. I don’t have all the solutions but a public health outreach program which hired and trained public health workers to mediate and resolve disputes between high risk youth between 15 and 25 worked in several high crime areas of Baltimore and Chicago. You can read about the work done and statistical reduction of gun violence reported by Johns Hopkins School of Public Health here: http://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2012/webster-safestreets.html.
    Treating gun violence among inner city youth as a public health problem is more effective and long term approach.
    You have a much higher risk of being shot by an American citizen than by an illegal immigrant. The tragedy in San Francisco was a freak occurrence.

  22. “So now are we supposed to repeal the Sanctuary City laws and go back to the days when anyone who is arrested for anything and has an ICE detention request gets deported?”

    Holy false dichotomy, Batman! Clearly, either we let everyone with a detention request walk no matter how many hundreds of pages their rap sheet is, or we _necessarily_ have to adopt a hard line and kick everyone out who jaywalks.

    Surely there is no conceivable middle ground here, is there?

  23. Look at you bend over backwards to excuse a murderer. I wonder if you’d try as hard if he weren’t an illegal alien.

  24. People will be leaving, but it won’t be me 🙂

    Maybe it’ll be these “brown” people you’re talking about?

  25. And those solutions are?

    I personally won’t trade even a 50% reduction in the 10-15k annual gun homicides for the abolition of the right.

  26. The link Kozone supplied works now. Either Kozone fixed it or the site was down. The link that was produced when I requested it earlier yields the same result I provided above.

  27. I understand that Ross acted within the law, though I do not think that at the very least notifying ICE of Sanchez’s release would have violated city or state law. That said, the law needs to be clarified. We need not provide sanctuary for felons, violent or not. What public benefit is derived from protecting felons from deportation? If you commit a felony in almost any other country on earth, you will be incarcerated or deported.

  28. The essence of San Francisco Progressiveness is about being behind the times. That’s what they represent.

  29. Oh please, that doesn’t excuse the hypocrisy here. Uber sucks but so does sanctuary city status.

  30. Politics around here is defined by which group(s) you consider the Other and blame for everything.

  31. Impeach Avalos AND Campos, they are NOT protecting the people of SF, theyre protecting criminals

  32. Just how lazy and uninformed are you, @jhayes362 ?

    “The gun used to kill a 32-year-old woman on San Francisco’s waterfront was stolen from a federal Bureau of Land Management agent in a car burglary in June, sources close to the investigation said Tuesday.”

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Gun-used-in-pier-killing-had-been-stolen-from-6371602.php

    BTW, just a few weeks ago the moderates on the board were arguing for more police to deter property crimes such as car burglaries. Campos, Avalos, Redmond and the rest vilified them for their concern.

  33. The “Sanctuary Sanchez” story has legs partly because it represents a colossal fuck up at nearly every level of government. It isn’t going to go away because it makes for good media and fits nicely with the larger theme of immigrant-bashing that is taking place in the GOP presidential primary. In short, it’s an effective story to illustrate the dangers of unintended consequences of providing legal sanctuary to people who are breaking the law.

    Why didn’t the federal government deport him instead of turning him over to a city that they had to know would just give him a hug and set him free to live on the street?

  34. Also fun to note: despite still being whiter than many surrounding counties, the overall Latino population of SF has actually increased slightly in recent decades (it was 13.3% in 1990). Kinda pokes a hole in those “SF is getting whiter” complaints.

  35. I thought that it was possible that San Francisco was the least Hispanic county in the state, but it turns out that it is still somewhat more Hispanic than such economic powerhouses as Amador, Alpine, and Placer counties.

    But for G.I. Basterian’s edification regarding those lily-white suburbs, here are the Bay Area’s Hispanic percentages by county:

    Incredibly diverse San Francisco: 15%
    Marin: 16%
    Alameda: 23%
    Solano: 25%
    Contra Costa: 25%
    San Mateo: 25%
    Sonoma: 26%
    Santa Clara: 27%
    Napa: 33%

  36. GUNS. THE AMERICAN TRAGEDY. How a homeless, purportedly drug-addled criminal could so easily obtain a gun.

    That’s the story.

  37. Mod/Conservative darling George Gascon refused to prosecute. Why aren’t the corporate media and their trolls calling on Gascon to resign?

  38. “toxic anti-immigrant madness” seems fitting, since toxic anti-technology company worker madness is rampant in SF too.

  39. Shows how ignorant you are about economics. The crash of the Chinese markets just means they will be even MORE keen to invest their cash in SF real estate ! Same thing happened after the dot com crash in 1999, SF real estate BOOMED…….

  40. Yeah, that is getting to be a pretty tired trope. I think a lot of SF progressives going on about the “whiteness” of the burbs are falling a bit behind the times here.

  41. It’s much easier to talk about immigration problems than to talk about the public health crisis of gun violence. Repeating the same old tired arguments about the constitution vs gun control isn’t accomishing anything. New solutions are necessary

  42. “It has also been reported that the gun had been stolen during a break in of the Federal Agent’s car.”

    Source for this?

  43. One does have to wonder whats going on over at Gladiator School, er, I mean the Sheriff’s Office.

  44. A cynic might think that Mirk took Sanchez on the minor drug charge knowing that San Francisco would release him without charging him, thereby saving Sanchez from being deported yet again by the Feds.

  45. Most land is stolen. We got California from Mexico because we were better at war. Israel got Palestine because they were propped up by the west. Russia annexed Crimea and got away with it because Putin is politically crafty, and bet that NATO (No Action Talking Only) wouldn’t do anything about it. He was right. In the arc of history might makes right.

  46. “and here, is how the (widely respected) Southern Poverty Law Center”

    Aside from the punctuation error, he’s how known right wing fellow traveler, the late Alexander Cockburn, described Morris Dees’ operation:

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2009/05/15/king-of-the-hate-business/

    What is the endowment of the SPLC? Near $250m at this point. If you’re a nonprofit capitalist who mouths good intentions and platitudes, Tim’s got your back.

  47. @chompsky, you’re upsetting @G.I. Basterian. Please refrain from stating opinions that he finds intimidating.

    You need to make “original, pertinent argument” like he did.

  48. “The press whips up toxic anti-immigrant madness”

    Isn’t it hate speech to paint the entire immigrant community with the undocumented serial criminal brush?

  49. On the bright side, with the Chinese stock market collapsing, gentrification in San Francisco is about to come to a crashing halt. Redmond and Erin McElroy will be so happy.

    The value of Marcos’ hovel is about to reflect its hovel status…

  50. Seems simple – just cut off Federal funding to all cities that don’t cooperate with ICE, and then San Francisco can do what it wants.

  51. “Go back to your suburb or small town dude. The brownness of SF is bugging you too much.”

    LOL. The “brownness” of San Francisco?

    California is 38% Hispanic.

    The Bay Area is 24% Hispanic.

    The evil suburb of Antioch is 32% Hispanic.

    San Francisco is 15% Hispanic.

    San Francisco is a white enclave in a brown sea – you are the one fleeing ethnic diversity by living in SF.

  52. I’m waiting for the right-wing national media to clue in to the fact that not only is the San Francisco left ignoring laws that would cause undocumented people (not a worker in this case) to be sent away, it’s busy trying to enact laws with the clear intended affect of preventing white documented workers from moving in, the Mission Moratorium for one.

  53. One Progressive that will be out of job over this will be Smirky. First there was slapping around his wife, then Gladiator Games under his watch and now this. All three events paint a very clear picture of a man with very poor judgement and even poorer management skills.

  54. “Sanchez statement he’d just done drugs he found in a dumpster and was trying to shoot seals. Maybe he mistook the young woman for a seal… weirder things have happened.”

    Yeah, un-huh, maybe Sanchez mistook the young woman for a seal. And, with Gonzo and Adachi’s help, the narrative has shifted from that admission (are you really defending a shooter of seals???) to “he’s crazy” or “it was an accident”.

    Yeah, lets fill the streets with guys like Sanctuary-Sanchez.

  55. “The tragic death of Sophia Liu (by an Uber Driver) sparked a feeding frenzy back at the SFBG.”

    Maybe it was because Uber lied, saying that the driver was not working for them. Maybe it was because when Uber FINALLY admitted that the driver was indeed working for Uber, they then said that there was no insurance because the driver didn’t have a passenger.

    Maybe it is because a multi-billion dollar company that profits by breaking laws, disobeying regulations and that acts like a scum-sucking POS instead of being a responsible business is a bit different than a lone felon using a federal agent’s firearm to kill someone.

    I anxiously await the “tide” turning against Progressives. Oh wait, it is just the same loutish regressives who are against progressives.

  56. Banishment IS a form of death. In all cultures at all times, banishment was just short of execution as a punishment. So while I agree that corporate death is worse than social death, they are both forms of death. And as for banishment to Antioch, that may be worse than corporate death!

  57. Chompsky, you’re a typical lazy troll. One line comments that you copy and paste from the Fox News scroll. Please don’t waste our time here. Make an original, pertinent argument or get lost. And have a nice day.

  58. Cleanup, you really ought to get out of the Haight. Go back to whatever monochromatic suburb or hick town you came from. The Haight is too weird and smelly for you.

    That said, “the entire Progressive community” (whoever you imagine that to be) is not defending murder.

    Redmond is defending Journalism, Facts, and Fairness. Clearly, you’d like to see an end to sanctuary city policies that protect our immigrants from ICE deportation. But then who’d cook your restaurant meals, wash your car, clean your house? That the policy– like any policy– may sometimes fail is not a reason to abandon it. And who says the policy DID fail?

    Despite the Trump and Fox distortions and the honking clown car of GOP candidates having a field day, it is emerging that the shooter did not have VIOLENT felonies on his record. As Sheriff Mirkarimi explained on TV and as Redmond details, the feds released Sanchez WITHOUT getting a warrant which SF sanctuary policy requires if SF is going to turn people over to ICE. So apparently NO ONE KNEW OR COULD PREDICT THE KILLING. This makes sense in light of the Sanchez statement he’d just done drugs he found in a dumpster and was trying to shoot seals. Maybe he mistook the young woman for a seal… weirder things have happened.

    So now we should throw out our sanctuary policy? And should we then elect 11 Republican supervisors and a Republican mayor? And should we fully militarize the border and round up all the undocumented immigrants? And maybe import Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona to really clean up this town?

    Go back to your suburb or small town dude. The brownness of SF is bugging you too much.

  59. As of writing this, we do NOT know if Sanchez stole the gun or bought it, or if the Fed lost or misplaced it. The gun control part of the argument hinges on facts not yet fully vetted. Lacking the reflexive puppy dog trust of feds typical to the trolls on 48H, I would offer that if the fed reported the gun “stolen” that should be looked into closely by an independent investigator. Losing a gun is a huge no no for an armed government employee. But shit happens.

    I was a cabbie in NYC years ago and found a cops gun in the back of my Checker, the guy had double shifted, fallen asleep on the ride home and left his gun in a canvas bag on the seat. SHIT HAPPENS. And you can bet the cops don’t report the firearm as lost unless they absolutely can’t avoid doing so. PS I dropped the weapon off at the closest precinct, after a short moral crisis over the street value of the piece.

  60. Kozone, a huge so what to your comment? As usual, rather than spend any of your limited intelligence and even more limited willingness to dig in and do some work, you offer your standard Redmond bashing. Yawn.

  61. Reaalistx, a realist, eh? Try this reality: there is a huge difference between trained, presumably sane public service employees (cops) shooting citizens and mentally unstable, drug users shooting people. In the first instance, a very high standard should be in place for the sanctioned, legal use of deadly force. In the second instance, we have primarily the tragedy of mental illness and access (whether the gun was stolen or lost) to weapons.

    Do you welcome police shootings? Do you assume the cops are always in the right? If so, only because you know you’re not likely their target.

  62. It has also been reported that the gun had been stolen during a break in of the Federal Agent’s car.

    Tim keeps asking about why the guy was able to get a gun (because using a tragedy to score political points is only wrong when the other side does it). Turns out that he either stole it or got it from someone who stole it. So blaming it on gun controls laws won’t work.

    Need to try something else.

  63. Don’t forget — Mirkarimi needs to follow the line that a mere criminal convictions may not be so terrible.

  64. Shameful to see the entire Progressive community rush to defend a murderer. That criminal is more important to Tim, Campos, Mirk, and Ammiano than a thousand innocent victims.

  65. When will this all die down so that Tim can go back to the real task at hand, toxic attacks on those who really deserve it, tech workers. Because apparently what’s more offensive than shooting someone is forcing them to move to Antioch.

  66. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-francisco-shooting-20150707-story.html

    “A Mexican national who has been deported multiple times for illegally entering the United States pleaded not guilty to a murder charge Tuesday in the shooting death of Kathryn Steinle, who was strolling on the tourist-friendly Embarcadero with her father last week when she was shot once in the back.

    Later Tuesday, law enforcement sources confirmed that the gun used in the shooting belonged to a federal agent, but no details were available about how the suspect may have obtained the weapon, or whether it had been lost or stolen.”

  67. ” Sanchez stole the gun from a Federal agent”

    Gee, I’d appreciate a source for that.

  68. The tragic death of Sophia Liu (by a Uber Driver) sparked a feeding frenzy back at the SFBG. But I don’t remember if Tim was still there. Steven Jones even used a deadly typhoon in The Philippines as a weapon against Ed Lee. Tim once wrote an article about a rude Google bicyclist as an example of how tech workers were undesirable.

    It is amazing how indignant Tim gets when he thinks that someone else is publishing misleading information.

    Bottom line is that, fair or not, this is going to turn the tide against the Progressives. Sanchez is being quoted as saying that he chose San Francisco because of its reputation as a sanctuary city. David Campos and John Avalos are not the people who are going to change that reputation.

  69. No one should be able to steal a gun from a federal agent. The federal agent bears enormous responsibility here. Enormous responsibility.

  70. Go back to commenting on Fox News stories, please. And kindly shove your “illegal immigrant” crap where the sun fails to shine. No human being is “illegal.” And all the land in this country was stolen and you have no more right to exist here than anyone else does.

  71. “a city policy that, given the federal government’s attitude toward immigrants, is the really the only choice we could make.”

    Have you noticed that the progressives are suddenly claiming that city government has no discretion in these matters?

    Somehow other cities manage to avoid becoming “sanctuary cities”. Sanchez was very aware of San Francisco’s sanctuary city status when he moved back to SF, as he made clear when he was interviewed.

    Mirkarimi was compelled to let Sanchez go – apparently, there is not a single county sheriff anywhere in California who would have held Sanchez for the Feds to pick up. No discretion.

  72. “They are in mourning, but are not trying to make political points one way or the other.”

    Redmond, of course, has no problem making “political points” when the SFPD shoots someone.

    Let an illegal murder someone in cold blood, and then all of a sudden we’re not supposed to be “politicizing” the homicide.

  73. “A guy who should never have been able to get a gun (and why isn’t that part of the story?)”

    Well, now we know that Sanchez stole the gun from a Federal agent. So much for the gun-control propaganda…

  74. If ‘Sanctuary City’ is about harbouring criminals, then its got to go. If its about buffering innocent undocumented’s then thats different.

    Clearly, if what happened with Sanchez was all on the up-n-up, then something has to change. Laws, law-makers, law-enforcers. or all of ’em.

  75. It’s not an attack on immigrant rights. It’s an attack on letting ILLEGAL immigrant criminals free to do more crime. Shame on you.

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