In 2015, Garcia Zarate, an illegal immigrant and felon who has been deported on five separate occasions, was arrested for the murder of Kate Steinle. The incident took place on a San Francisco pier where Steinle was walking with her father just before getting gunned down. Zarate admits to killing her, but has insisted that the gun, which he claims he found under a bench on the pier, went off by accident when he picked it up. Yesterday (Nov 30) a jury acquitted Zarate of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and manslaughter. However, he was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The verdict comes as a surprise to many and has been met with many dissenting opinions, including a tweet for President of the United States, Donald Trump:
Even Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., a vocal opponent of the president whose district includes parts of the Bay Area, tweet is displeasure with the verdict:
For those who feel like justice hasn't been served, they should keep in mind that Zarate still has to face jail time for the guilty verdict of illegal possession of a firearm. He also may still face charges on a federal level, and he most assuredly will be deported for the sixth time. No matter what, it doesn't bring back the life that was lost.