In 1989, San Francisco passed the Sanctuary City Administrative Code 12H, also known as the Sanctuary City Ordinance (SCO). The SCO prohibited the use of City funds or resources to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement with arrests and/or the gathering or dissemination of information regarding the immigration status of an individual in San Francisco, unless mandated by federal or state law, warrant, or court decision. The SCO specifically states that City and County of San Francisco employees:
• Cannot ask about an individual’s immigration status;
• Cannot disclose information regarding an individual’s immigration status; and
• Cannot condition services based on an individual’s immigration status.
The ordinance was signed into law by Mayor Arthur Christ “Art” Agnos. Sixteen years earlier, Mr. Agnos–then a member of something calling itself the California Commission on Aging–was meeting in a black housing project to discuss building a taxpayer funded clinic for the area. Upon leaving, his generosity was reciprocated by african assailants who delivered two gunshots into his chest. That same evening, 31 year-old Marietta DiGirolamo was also shot twice in the chest. Agnos survived, the woman did not. They were the seventh and eighth victims of the notorious, and now strangely difficult to recall, black Zebra Murderers.
(J.C.X.) Simon and three other black men — Larry Green, Manuel Moore and Jessie Lee Cooks — went on a six-month rampage from October 1973 to April 1974. They targeted white people, mostly at night along the Divisadero Street corridor.
The 14 victims were mostly shot in the back or the back of the head execution-style. The slayings were called the “Zebra” murders because of the special radio band, the Z channel, that investigators used.
Some believe as many as 80 people were actually dispatched by these civil-rights champions. Though none of the victims were diverse and so of little value to either The Economy or Narrative. And please assume a comfortable position while awaiting the surely-to-arrive-any-moment Hollywood feature film. Oh, here it is now. Let’s peruse the plot.
Based on the 2006 book by Prentice Earl Sanders and Bennett Cohen, the story chronicles the series of racially motivated serial killings — black on white — that took place in San Francisco in 1973 and 1974. Jamie Foxx will play Sanders, who was one of two black police detectives who led the team that cracked the case. Amid their investigation, Sanders and his partner fought harassment within the police department and organized a union of minority policemen who brought a lawsuit against the city for discrimination, which they ultimately won. Sanders went on to become chief of police.
That’s fair treatment. 14 whites are fertilizing city cemeteries and the director is going to take a scalpel to police discrimination against blacks. I do hope the scenes where an african detective falls to a fusillade of ****** words aren’t overly graphic. I have a frail constitution.
Though returning to the future mayor, one can imagine his ensuing pique after having been perforated by racist murderers intent on his people’s eradication. Though that would require an imagination more fertile than that of Mr. Agnos, who instead appointed blacks to lofty bureaucratic roosts and ended the city’s opposition to a court-ordered consent decree to hire and promote africans in the fire department. The bitter lesson being: attempt a racial murder on this man and don’t expect to get away unlavished.
And while his magnanimous pen was subsequently flourishing on the city’s “Sanctuary” ordinance in 1989, a little girl in Pleasanton California was offering a gesture of touching sympathy to neighbors by delivering flowers for a recently broken arm. The girl’s name was Kathryn Steinle.
Eighteen years later in 2007 then San Francisco mayor (and present lieutenant governor of California) Gavin Newsome, reiterated the city’s priorities.
Mayor Gavin Newsom vowed Sunday to maintain San Francisco as a sanctuary for immigrants and do everything he can to discourage federal authorities from conducting immigration raids.
The mayor cannot stop federal authorities from making arrests, Newsom told about 300 mostly Latino members of St. Peter’s Church and other religious groups supporting immigrants. But no San Francisco employee will help with immigration enforcement.
“I will not allow any of my department heads or anyone associated with this city to cooperate in any way shape or form with these raids,” Newsom declared. “We are a sanctuary city, make no mistake about it.”
There was one person in particular who made no mistake about it. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was a 37 year-old Mexican national who was at that time apparently between his fourth and fifth deportations and at some juncture in a series of seven felonies. Kathryn (Kate) Steinle was by then a pretty 24 year-old still worlds removed from this itinerant rap-sheet. It would be another eight years before their trajectories would finally intersect.
Walking with her father on a peer last Wednesday, Kate Steinle suddenly fell as a single rifle-round pierced her chest and severed the aorta, leaving a daughter expiring in the arms of her anguished father. It wasn’t supposed to be. Sanchez had been previously earmarked for what must have been to him a now tediously routine sixth deportation. Though the city of San Francisco had other disciplinary measures in mind, full release:
…authorities in San Francisco wanted him on a drug-related warrant.
So U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which had Lopez-Sanchez in its custody in March after his release from federal prison, turned him over to San Francisco deputies. ICE said they requested an immigration detainer, asking that the agency be notified before Lopez-Sanchez was released.
But San Francisco is a city that doesn’t honor such requests and the sheriff’s department released him.
According to KRON, San Francisco’s policy on undocumented immigrants “states that a law enforcement official shall not detain an individual on the basis of a civil immigration detainer after that individual becomes eligible for release from custody.”
The federal law enforcement source told CNN the sheriff’s department “didn’t even need to hold him. They simply could have notified that they were going to release him and we would have gotten him.”
Sanchez wasn’t to be subject to the Rack, Breaking Wheel, or Spanish Donkey. He hadn’t even been accused of racism for God’s sake. No, he was to suffer only agency notification of another in his winding train of charitable releases. Though for the progs of the bay, this represented an unspeakable outrage. So Sanchez again freely roamed with lawless leisure in a country not his own at the sufferance of those too cowed or complacent to defend it.
And as Kate Steinle subsequently slipped these surly bonds pleading “Dad, help me, help me” Sanchez was apprehended and returned to San Francisco county jail facing his latest felony charge, this time for homicide.
ICE has requested an immigration detainer.