Following the acquittal Thursday of an undocumented man on murder charges in the killing of Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier two years ago, outraged Twitter users took to the social media site to voice frustration with the verdict.
A dozen jurors found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a 45-year-old Mexican national, not guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for the killing at Pier 14 on July 1, 2015. The jury also acquitted Garcia Zarate of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, but found him guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The killing set off an immigration debate when President Donald Trump used it to call for a crack down on sanctuary cities. San Francisco released Garcia Zarate from County Jail several months before the shooting instead of holding him for federal immigration authorities.
The case also resulted in Congressional Republicans pushing for Kate’s Law, which would increase penalties for immigrants repeatedly caught crossing the border without documentation.
The Twitter hashtag “#boycottsanfrancisco” began trending an hour after the verdict was read in the Hall of Justice.
— MikeyPoo's Games (@mikeypoosgames) December 1, 2017
San Fran is not safe for Americans. The liberals that run that city are extremist. A city of lawlessness. Filth. #boycottSanFrancisco
— Zella (@AspenTN) December 1, 2017
#BoycottSanFrancisco it’s inexplicable how they let a murderer go free and immediately turn it into politics by bringing up @POTUS @realDonaldTrump. Let MS-13 begin its influx to San Francisco immediately. Good riddance San Fran.
— Eyes (@anitaalaska) December 1, 2017