Voters went to the polls Tuesday to decide if they’d keep Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who fought for the sanctuary policy, or choose one of the other two candidates.
It was Mirkarimi who ordered a man freed from jail to circumvent federal ICE agents who wanted him held for possible deportment.
Francisco Sanchez had been convicted seven times and deported five times when he was arrested and charged with killing Kate Steinle on the San Francisco waterfront while she was walking with her dad. The gun used in the murder was stolen from a federal officer.
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Mirkarimi made his comments about the city’s “safer” ‘sanctuary policy’ after the policy directly led to Steinle’s murder.
ABC 7 reports that Mirkarimi’s tenure was tinged with scandal. He was prosecuted for domestic violence, was criticized for his operation of the jails, and his deputies failed to find a missing hospital patient – whose body was later found in the facility’s stairwell.
But he received nationwide publicity for staking his political future on letting undocumented immigrants stay in the city without fear of prosecution for “non-violent” crimes.
Tuesday, he found out what that political future will be.