SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The family of Kate Steinle, who was fatally shot on San Francisco’s Pier 14, filed a federal lawsuit on Friday against former San Francisco sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement, and the Bureau of Land Management.
Steinle was shot and killed in July on Pier 14 along San Francisco’s waterfront.
The lawsuit seeks to hold the Bureau of Land Management, ICE, and former Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi accountable for providing “the means and opportunity for a repeat drug felon to secure a gun and kill Kate,” according to the complaint.
Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant who had been released from jail in April by Sheriff Mirkarimi, was charged with Steinle’s murder.
Mirkarimi refused to hold Lopez-Sanchez for ICE, citing San Francisco’s sanctuary city law.
The gun used in the shooting was stolen from a Bureau of Land Management ranger’s car in June.