Pier 14 Shooting: San Francisco sheriff defends previous release of accused waterfront shooter


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has defended the release of a Mexican man who is now accused in the shooting death of a woman at a popular tourist site.

Mirkarimi also stood behind the city’s sanctuary law, which prevents city workers from cooperating with federal authorities on immigration cases.

KRON 4’s Haaziq Madyun talked with the sheriff one-on-one.¬†Francisco Sanchez, a 45-year-old repeat drug offender, was released from jail on April 15 in San Francisco.

On Wednesday, police arrested him for the death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle at a waterfront pier.

Federal immigration authorities had filed a so-called detainer with San Francisco authorities, asking to be informed if they intended to release Sanchez.

Mirkarimi says he uniformly ignores such requests unless they are followed by an active arrest warrant.

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