Steinle Family Files Federal Lawsuit Over Kate’s Death

May 27, 2016

Having exhausted the legal administrative claims process, the Steinle family today filed a Complaint in the pursuit of obtaining justice for the death of Kate Steinle nearly one year ago on Pier 14 while walking with her father.

Today's legal filing with the Federal Court in San Francisco 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" as stated in the complaint. The gun was allegedly taken from a BLM Agent's car that was not secured.

The lawsuit asserts claims based on federal and state regulations and civil rights violations seeking damages for the death of Kate Steinle, on behalf of her parents James Steinle and Elizabeth Steinle, who live in the East Bay.

"The Steinle Family hopes that their actions today will serve to highlight the lax enforcement of gun safety regulations among the law enforcement agencies involved and bureaucratic confusion so that this will not happen to others," said Frank Pitre of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, the law firm representing the Steinle family.

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