CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO INTERVIEW OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CHARGED WITH KILLING KATHRYN STEINLE IN SAN FRANCISCO
I just watched this whole nearly hour long interview of the man charged with killing Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco. His story is very strange: he found some sleeping pills and took one; while still groggy or sleeping, he found near his foot a gun wrapped in a t-shirt; he heard loud music and three booms; he thinks the gun went off by itself and he kicked it in the water; he doesn’t remember shooting anyone. Adding to the weirdness are the reports that the gun belonged to an FBI agent. (I also noticed that the footage of retrieving the gun came showed the gun in a guncase–if this guy’s story is a valid confession, how could he get the details wrong? Isn’t that a tell? Here’s the footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_67yCW4078)
Also, this footage is a little weird – it’s supposed to be raw but it’s cut twice at roughly 37:30 and 47:00; this guy hardly speaks English at all but when he is speaking in Spanish his words aren’t actually translated (I wish I spoke Spanish or could find a transcript/translation of this somewhere.)
What’s your gut instinct on this? Do you think the media is reporting this story accurately? I wonder both because of the strangeness of the story and because it so nicely dovetailed with the headlines about Donald Trump’s immigration comments the week before.
This is from a post I made to my facebook page…to follow or join that discussion, click here. Here are some excerpts from that thread...
JS: Why do libertarians always seek conspiracy theories?
JJ: JS, why are people always conspiring? We’ve caught them so many times that it’s only second nature to ask for the real story.
BR: I know you doubt me, but I wonder if this makes you wonder about my theory about the fence. The powers that be want fences, because fences work both ways.
BR:This guy has patsy written all over him.
Monica Perez(Response to JS) I always try to understand the real story without any media spin between me and the facts. For that reason, I spent over an hour listening and re-listening to this interview and I posted it in the hopes that others would do the same and we could all use our own judgment to try to understand the truth. My only presumption here, as always, is “innocent until proven guilty.” (What you’re observing about libertarians is simply a lack of trust in the mainstream media…I for one don’t put any more stock in the WSJ or NYT saying “anonymous sources unauthorized to comment” than I do in unsubstantiated claims in other media outlets.)
PDW: WSJ &NYT have their own obvious agendas.
CB: It’s called healthy skepticism.
RW: Briefly, implausible. Found the pills? then found a gun at his feet? This is more than a little weird. As far as the media, I have no reason to believe anything that MSNBC or similar sources report.
Monica Perez (Response to RW) As I read more and more articles about this guy, the stories repeatedly state he “admitted to killing Kathryn Steinle” yet the only source for that in any article I have found is this jailhouse interview in which he does not admit to killing Steinle. Also weird – the guy has this hour long media interview in broken English without a lawyer? I know he is not an American citizen or legal resident, but he has been assigned a public defender. Very strange.
Monica Perez “In a jailhouse interview with a local TV crew on Monday, Sanchez admitted shooting Steinle but says it was an accident. Speaking in both Spanish and English, Sanchez said he found a gun wrapped inside a shirt and when he picked it up, he heard three shots go off.” http://kron4.com/…/pier-14-shooting-suspect-pleads-not…/
BR: That fellow didn’t understand much of what he was being asked. Even I could tell that; and ,..he doesn’t have a history of violence.
Update: I missed this the first time – why did the Sheriff request and receive this guy out of federal custody to face a 20 year old marijuana charge and then get released shortly thereafter? Maybe he identified the guy as a born patsy. San Francisco Sheriff Brought Kate Steinle’s Illegal Alien Killer Back to The City
and don’t forget, he said he found a gun & that that gun just happened to belong to a federal agent… Kate Steinle’s killer used federal agent’s gun
Here is a video of Kate’s family, fully immersed in pushing a government policy a mere twenty days after Kate was killed in front of her father.
The father is clearly totally dedicated to this law and the mother said in a previous interview that her only concern is that the law is airtight. I don’t object to expelling immigrants legal or illegal for violent crimes, I do think to immerse oneself in policy just a couple of weeks after the violent and sudden death in front of you of your daughter is very hard to believe. My dog got hit by a car in front of me and it took me longer than this to be able to talk about it without crying — still can’t, actually, and it’s been almost two months.
So what law is so important that you would interrupt your grieving to lobby for policy? “Under the proposed law, individuals who are caught re-entering the US illegally after having been deported will be handed a mandatory 5-year prison sentence.”
That’s interesting–mandatory sentencing is a corrupt and cronyistic signature of the prison-industrial complex & imprisoning illegal immigrants instead of deporting them would provide a virtually infinite stream of fodder for the prison system and an incentive for a corrupt system to allow as many illegals and criminals to get in as they could – perhaps there will be incentives like that depraved asset forfeiture kickback – for every jailed illegal a bonus?
Also, check out this video of Megyn Kelly trying desperately to rile up Brad Steinle–it’s so obvious, but then at 2:35–what is that? Is that an old picture that for some reason the brother is holding up THE famous picture of Kate for a picture of him and his father? Because if it’s not, it’s very strange to have Kate’s brother and dad with broad grins in what has to be within three weeks of her brutal, shocking death: http://therightscoop.com/obama-threatens-to-veto-kates-law-brother-of-kate-responds/
Update (January 2016): Case dismissed? http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_29449535/suspect-san-francisco-pier-shooting-kate-steinle-seeks
Update (June 2017): the trial has been pushed back repeatedly and is currently slated to begin in August. I tried to contact both the journalist covering this story and the public defender on the case and have gotten no answers.