Family of Oakland muralist killed with stolen ICE gun files claim

June 2, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle

The family of an Oakland muralist who was shot and killed last year by an assailant armed with a gun stolen from a federal immigration agent’s car in San Francisco, filed a legal claim Thursday, alleging the government agency is partly responsible for the death because the agent didn’t properly secure the weapon.

The gun burglary and subsequent killing came as the number of car break-ins skyrocketed in San Francisco and amid several high-profile and controversial cases where federal agents and police officers had weapons stolen out of their cars.

“Despite ICE’s knowledge and awareness of the problem and despite recommendations by other government agencies for corrective action, ICE agents continue to have their unsecured firearms stolen at alarming rates,” Frank Pitre, the attorney for the family of Antonio Ramos, said Thursday after announcing the federal claim — the first step in filing a lawsuit against a government agency.

Ramos, 27, was gunned down on Sept. 29 as he worked on a community mural project in West Oakland. Marquis Halloway, 20, a suspected serial robber, was subsequently arrested and charged in the slaying.

It was later revealed that the murder weapon, a 9mm Glock 26 pistol, was stolen from a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent’s car, during an auto burglary in San Francisco on Sept. 13.

Pitre said the gun was left unattended in a bag without any locking devices and the agency “failed to train their employees” and failed to “follow mandatory regulations, policies and procedures of securing and storing a firearm.”

ICE officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

That break-in came just months after the high-profile killing of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle on Pier 14 in San Francisco allegedly by an immigrant in the country illegally who used a gun stolen from the car of a federal Bureau of Land Managementranger in San Francisco... (To read the entire article, please click HERE)