Kate Steinle's Family File Legal Claims: The family of Kate Steinle, the young woman who was fatally shot two months ago in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant, filed wrongful death claims Tuesday against the sheriff of San Francisco, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Vic Lee of ABC 7 reports that in the suit, the Steinle family blames San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who "made himself the king, judge and jury," ordering his deputies not to notify ICE on deportation detainees. The second claim is against ICE, who the Steinles believe knew about Mirkarimi's lack of cooperation but did nothing to retrieve the man who would later murder their daughter. The last claim names the Federal Bureau of Land Management, whose agent left his government-issued firearm inside his parked vehicle, which was stolen and allegedly used in the crime. On July 1, 32-year-old Kate Steinle was fatally shot by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal immigrant that had been deported five times and had a criminal record consisting of seven felonies. "The system failed my sister," says Kate's brother, Brad Steinle, adding "At this point, nobody has taken responsibility, accountability. And nothing has changed."
Judge Refuses to Dismiss Charges in Freddie Gray Case: Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams denied a defense motion at a pretrial hearing Wednesday that argued for charges to be dropped against the six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, as well as another motion calling for the recusal of Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Ian Simpson of Reuters reports that attorneys for the six officers sought to have their clients' charges dropped due to prosecutorial misconduct on part of Mosby, though Judge Williams ruled that her controversial announcement of the charges to the predominantly black city "did not warrant dropping charges." All six officers face second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office charges in the April death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died a week after suffering a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody. Three of the officers also face manslaughter charges, while the driver of the police van faces an additional charge of second-degree murder. Protesters rallied outside the Baltimore courthouse, prompting law enforcement to enhance security. Another pretrial hearing is scheduled for September 10, and the trial is set to begin October 13.
Hunt Widens for 3 Suspects in Death of Illinois Officer: Hundreds of officers, dozens of police dogs and numerous helicopters continued an intensive manhunt Wednesday for three suspects who fatally shot an Illinois police officer on Tuesday morning. The AP reports that officers are saturating the Lake County area, about an hour north of Chicago, leading to school lockdowns and the urging of residents to remain inside their locked homes. All that is known about the suspects at this time is that one is black and two are white, as described by Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz in the radio call he made shortly before he died from his injuries. Gliniewicz, a three-decade member of the Fox Lake, Illinois police department and father of four sons, is the third law enforcement officer killed this year in the state. His death reinforces the growing concern around the country that police officers are being deliberately targeted.