ABC News(BALTIMORE) -- The six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with Freddie Gray's death can have separate trials, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Deputy State’s Attorney Janice Bledsoe had argued at the pre-trial hearing at Baltimore City Circuit Court that three of the officers should be tried together, saying they exhibited "degrees of the same breach of care."
But Judge Barry Williams agreed with the defense that evidence in one trial would not necessarily be admissible in another, concluding that trying everyone together "is not in the interest of justice."
Williams also ruled that the charges against the six police officers will not be dismissed and that State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby will not be recused from the case.
Williams denied the two defense motions. None of the six officers charged was present, only their lawyers.
Andrew Graham, who represented all six officers in the argument for dismissal of charges due to "prosecutorial misconduct," said that State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, the chief prosecutor for Baltimore, "violated public conduct" and was "reckless" during her May 1 news conference about the arrests by implying guilt of the officers and discussing evidence. Mosby was present in court Wednesday but did not speak.
Graham hammered home the fact that Mosby used the phrase "no justice, no peace" -- a common protest chant in the Black Lives Matter movement -- noting that it was "tantamount to saying no conviction, no peace."
Graham also argued that Mosby discussed evidence in the case and that it wasn't her job to represent the Gray family.
Michael Schatzow, there to represent the State's Attorney's office, argued that the defense was taking Mosby's comments out of context and that she only remarked on probable cause, which was a matter of public record.
"She never expressed personal opinion of guilt," Schatzow said.
That’s when Judge Williams interrupted. The judge rhetorically snapped, "Is it the prosecutors job to calm the city or to prosecute cases?"
Graham also argued that Mosby used the protest chant -"no justice, no peace" - to prevent further crimes.
Judge Williams also dismissed the defense's motion to recuse Mosby and her office from the case. The judge said that it was "troubling and condescending" for the defense to argue that Mosby was compromised and should be recused because of her marriage to Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby.
Officers Caesar Goodson Jr., William Porter, Edward Nero and Garrett Miller, Lt. Brian Rice and Sgt. Alicia White were arrested and charged in May in relation to Gray's death. The charges are varied and include murder and involuntary manslaughter. All six have pleaded not guilty. Gray, 25, was placed under police custody in Baltimore on April 12, and he sustained a spinal injury during that time, authorities said. Gray went into a coma several days later and died a week after his arrest.
A small group of protesters gathered today outside the courthouse in downtown Baltimore and nearby streets, briefly blocking the roadway, according to the Baltimore Police Department, noting that there was one arrest during the protests.
The trial in the death of Gray is set to begin Oct. 13.
NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The nation’s top law enforcement official offered a sobering and blunt warning to Americans Wednesday: “It is a sad fact now that no one is safe."
Attorney General Loretta Lynch was responding to a spate of “tragic” and “particularly troubling” attacks across the country in recent weeks.
“We have seen violence strike at all segments of our community,” she noted before listing several “brutal” cases from the past couple of months: The June massacre inside a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina; the attack at a Tennessee movie theater in July; and last month’s terrorist attack on military personnel in Tennessee.
“The particularly violent shootings of two Virginia reporters killed on air last week," Lynch said, also noting the deadly ambush of an officer pumping gas in Texas last week, and Tuesday’s fatal shooting of a police officer in Illinois.
"This violence against all of us — regardless of what uniform any of us wear — has to end,” Lynch said.
She said she “strongly condemn[s]” the recent attacks on police officers, adding, “Our hearts are broken over this.”
Lynch, speaking to a crowd at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said her own agency, the Justice Department, is trying to determine exactly what is behind the “uptick in violent crime.”
She noted that she’s holding a summit in Detroit later this month with law enforcement from certain cities around the country to discuss ways to address the issue. In addition, she has asked some U.S. attorneys to set up similar meetings in their own areas because "specific causes" of violence are "different in every location," she said.
Police officers search an area for suspects involved in shooting an officer September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. A manhunt for three suspects is underway after an officer from Fox Lake Police was shot and killed this morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)(FOX LAKE, Ill.) — The manhunt for the three suspects believed to be responsible for the death of a police officer in a suburb of Chicago continues and now investigators said they are relying heavily on the public for help.
One of the biggest areas of focus is the collection of video footage from around the scene of the shooting in Fox Lake, Illinois, on Tuesday morning.
Chief George Filenko, the commander of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, said that investigators have not found any substantial leads on the videos they've viewed so far but they are working their way through video collected at local businesses as well as footage from private residential security footage.
For now, they are still working with the sole description of the suspects that was radioed in by Lt. Joe Gliniewicz before he was fatally shot: that he was pursuing two white men and one black man on foot.
Filenko said there are about 100 investigators working on this case now, and he has no deadline in mind until the alleged killers are caught.
"I'm not going to set a time limit on this," Filenko said. "[We] have a murdered colleague. We're not going to stop."
Last night capped an intense 14-hour manhunt immediately following the morning shooting, and they have since expanded their search zone as a result of the dearth of discoveries so far.
Local, state and federal officials were called to the neighborhood of Fox Lake, in the wake of the fatal shooting. The Lake County Sheriff's office said there were 400 law enforcement officers taking part in the manhunt on Tuesday, including both local and federal SWAT teams. Additionally, 48 canine units and six air support units were called in to cover the area, which initially only covered 2 square miles.
Just after 10 p.m. Tuesday that primary area was released by the sheriff's office and turned over to the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, which is now handling the case.
"Obviously it's widened, it's widened from our original search area," Lake County Sheriff’s public information officer Christopher Covelli said this morning of the search area.
More than four area school districts closed Wednesday out of concerns about the active search.
"There is a sense of [worry] in the community, as there would be in any community in a situation like this. That's why we're out here," Covelli told ABC News.
Investigators are asking the public to be diligent in reporting anything that may mark suspicious activity.
"If they see something that's unusual and not normal to them, report it. Let us look into it," Covelli said.
Gliniewicz died after being shot following a foot pursuit of three men, police said. He described two of the men as being white and one as black, but gave no further description.
ABC News(PUYALLUP, Wash.) -- A man wearing a blonde wig paid for two shots of whiskey with a $100 bill at a restaurant in Puyallup, Washington, just before he robbed the bartender at gunpoint, according to police.
The suspect, who remains at large, walked into the restaurant, Ma's Place, Monday around 9 a.m., ordering two shots of Jack Daniel's and handing the bartender the $100 bill, Puyallup Police Capt. Scott Engle told ABC News Wednesday.
The bartender, who only identified herself as Rachel to ABC affiliate station KOMO-TV in Seattle, said when she turned around, "he had a gun up and said, 'Give me all the money in the register,' and so I did."
Her "insides melted" the moment she saw the gun, she added.
The robber, who wore the wig under a Seattle Seahawks beanie, then asked for the restaurant's money bags, police said, adding that he left 50 cents on the counter before leaving.
"[He] told me if I called anybody then he'd be back," Rachel told KOMO. "He scooped all [the money] up but left me 50 cents, so I think I'll frame those -- lucky quarters."
Puyallup police believe the suspect is tied to two other armed restaurant robberies last week in Pierce County, one at The Buttered Biscuit in Sumner and another at Elmer's Restaurant in Tacoma, Capt. Engle said.
"We determined it was the same man based on security footage," he explained. "He also appeared to have the same M.O. All three were armed robberies at restaurants, where he had a drink, pulled out a weapon and escaped with cash."
All three police departments are working together to find the suspect, Engle said, adding that they are asking for anyone who has any information on the suspect or can identify him to come forward.
"He's been successful three times, so he's probably getting more bold and feeling like maybe he can get away with more," he said. "So we need the public's help in this case to identify him and quickly apprehend him."
Dean Troutman/Troutmans Trek(PRINCEVILLE, Ill.) -- An 84-year-old man recently completed a 700-mile walk to help raise money for a children's playground in the memorial park in Princeville, Illinois, he had built to honor his late wife.
The man, Dean Troutman, purchased 5.75 acres of land in 2011 to establish a park for his community in memory of wife Dorothy "Peggy" Troutman," who had passed away just a few months earlier in July of 2010 from Parkinson's disease at age 79, according to community leaders who spoke to ABC News.
The couple had been married for over 61 years and together for over 63.
"After she passed away, I wanted to do some kind of memorial for her, something that would last for a long time," Troutman told ABC News. "I thought, well, land is about the only thing that'll always be here, so I decided to buy a piece of land. I thought building a park for all ages would be a fitting memorial for her since she loved our community."
By this spring, the park boasted a Little League ball field, a football and soccer field, walking trails and picnic pavilions, Troutman said, but he realized it was missing one important thing: a children's playground.
"We ran out of money to build a playground, so I started thinking if I could walk to my nephew's house in Texas, maybe it'd bring enough attention to help raise some funds," he said.
His daughter-in-law, Amy Troutman, said she "thought he was crazy," so she worked with fellow community members, including Kelly Jenkins and Nate Rice, to find a safer way for him to raise money.
"I told him, 'Oh, Dean! You’re 84, and I don't know if you should do this," Jenkins, who chaired the committee to raise funds, said. "But we know him, and you can't slow that man down for anything. We came up with a compromise and said rather than walking down to Texas, why don't you just walk around Illinois and visit all the places you had memories with your wife."
With the help of local businesses including Running Central and Bushwhacker in Peoria, Illinois, Dean Troutman got proper shoes, clothing, backpack and gear for his 700-mile trek, community member Rice said.
He is a Peoria firefighter who worked with Jenkins and other community members to rally behind Troutman.
On April 21, all 750 kids from the community's school district sent Troutman off on his journey. "I went alone, and I had my backpack and some basic supplies in a pet carrier I pushed," Troutman said. "I slept mostly in volunteer firehouses, a couple of church and town halls and a few times, under the stars."
Troutman said he walked about 10 miles a day, which was a slow pace for him.
"I visited my hometown growing up, where Peggy and I met and had dates on and eventually got married," he said. "It was wonderful, and it was so nice spending time with some of the people I hadn't seen for years."
He added that he "never doubted at any point" he wouldn't finish the trip.
Troutman finished on July 5, when he was greeted by hundreds of community members welcoming him back home. He said the trip raised over $70,000, and the playground was finished and opened Tuesday night.
"At one point we counted 48 kids, and the children have been loving it," Troutman said via cellphone while sitting on bench in the park. "I know Peggy would've loved it, too."
Troutman said he's still raising funds to finish up the park with "a few odds and ends," including bleachers and a scoreboard for the field.
"I'm just hoping I can see it all in my lifetime," he said.
Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — An unidentified woman tried to abduct a 2-year-old girl on the Washington, D.C., Metrorail Wednesday, police said.
A mother and her 2-year-old daughter, who was strapped in a stroller, were on a train from Virginia to New Carrollton, Maryland, when the suspect on board tried pulling the girl out of her stroller. The strap helped prevent the woman from taking the child, police said.
D.C. Metro spokeswoman Morgan Dye said transit police received the call at 9:34 Wednesday morning. Witnesses on the train helped apprehend the suspect and held the woman until police arrived, Dye said, adding that an adult male was reportedly the main person who prevented the abduction.
The unidentified woman was taken into custody at the Foggy Bottom station. No details have been released about the suspect, or the mother and the child.
Fox Lake Police Department(FOX LAKE, Ill.) — The police officer killed in a Chicago suburb is being remembered by locals as a presence in the community.
Lt. Joe Gliniewicz served as a police officer for more than three decades and lived in Fox Lake, Illinois, a suburb about 55 miles north of Chicago.
"Not only did Fox Lake lose a family member, I lost a very dear friend," the town's mayor Donny Schmit said at a news conference Tuesday.
Gliniewicz was a 30-year, decorated veteran of the force, Schmit said.
Gliniewicz, 52, was also a married father of four boys and an active member in the community, reportedly spending some of his time off the clock as a youth volunteer.
"Many residents in here knew him as G.I. Joe, we remember him as someone deeply committed to Fox Lake, to the profession and his fellow officers," Schmit said.
Gliniewicz was found by a back-up officer after he radioed in that he was going to pursue three suspicious individuals on foot. He had been shot. The only descriptions Gliniewicz gave of the men was that two of the men were white and one was black.
Gloda/iStock/Thinkstock(PHILIPPI, W. Va.) -- Twila Smith has spent three decades teaching.
All of those years, and nothing could have prepared her for the moment a student entered her classroom and put a gun to her head.
“I thought that it was my time,” Smith told ABC News.
The harrowing situation occurred Tuesday, Aug. 25, nine days into the school year at Philip Barbour High School in Philippi, West Virginia. The school was placed on lockdown.
Smith and her sixth-period world studies students were taken hostage, held at gunpoint by a 14-year-old freshman. The gunman ordered the students to put their cell phones on the floor and ordered the teacher to cover her classroom’s window, Smith said.
Since no one passing by in the hallway could see what was happening inside and with no way to call for help, Smith and her students spent the period trapped with the gunman.
“He said he was going to kill people and himself and there were times when he would actually hold the gun to himself briefly and then he would, he put it on about six students and as I said, and a lot of the beginning of the time it was on me,” she said.
Smith said she tried to keep the gunman from harming any students.
“I just kept asking him to let everybody leave and he and I would stay, anything I could think of, just telling him that he hadn’t gone too far,” she said.
When the bell rang for students to change classes, other students began knocking on the door. That meant more potential hostages.
Instead, Smith said, she turned the incoming students back and signaled a teacher, who called for help.
The school was evacuated, and police and the boy’s pastor were able to convince him to let the hostages go and surrender.
The boy, whose name has not been released, was held in a detention center following his arrest.
Smith said she’s proud of her students for maintaining their composure.
“I'm in charge of them when they're on my watch, and I hope when my kids went to school, the other people felt like that too,” Smith said. “I mean, when they walk in here, we're protecting, we're supposed to teach them and we're supposed to take care of them."
iStock/Thinkstock(CRANFORD, N.J.) — The first rule of Fight Club isn't to have a minimum age limit, and that -- and a complete lack of decency -- may have led a pair of New Jersey daycare employees to stage a "Fight Club" for 4 and 6 years old in their care.
Cranford, New Jersey resident Erica Kenny, 22, and 28-year-old Chanese White of Roselle, were both are charged with fourth-degree child abuse for the alleged fights at the Lightbridge Academy in Union County, the NJ Advance reports.
Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park said the charges stem from at least one incident in mid-August in which kids were allegedly recorded on Kenny's cellphone as they were encouraged to physically fight.
No children suffered any serious injuries.
Kenny was additionally charged with third-degree endangering the welfare of a child; she reportedly Snapchatted the video -- in which the women allegedly quoted the Brad Pitt movie dealing with underground fighting matches.
joebelanger/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to visit beaches this Labor Day weekend, but the holiday comes amid an increase in shark sightings.
Biologists have spotted dozens of great whites along the Atlantic coast this summer, including 23 great whites in a 10-mile stretch off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts Monday.
Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Director Greg Skomal attributed the increased shark sightings to seal populations, which have been growing for decades – bringing the sharks further north, and closer to the shore, in search of food.
“Seals are riding along the shoreline, which of course draws the sharks in very, very close,” Skomal said.
“We’ve already seen as many sharks this year as we did last year,” he said, with more than a month to go in the monitoring period.
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, a nonprofit that raises awareness of the sharks and focuses on research and safety efforts, recently captured video showing a hungry great white leaping out of the water off of Cape Cod, trying to catch a seal.
More than 35 million Americans are expected to travel this Labor Day weekend, according to AAA Travel -– the highest travel volume since 2008. The uptick is attributed in large part to falling gas prices.
iStock/Thinkstock(FOX LAKE, Ill.) — The police officer who was fatally shot Tuesday morning outside of Chicago has been identified as a longtime veteran of the local police force, the mayor said.
Joseph Gliniewicz was named as the police officer that was killed in Fox Lake, Illinois. The manhunt for three suspects believed to be involved in the shooting is underway and involves state and local officials, Lake County Sheriff's Department Det. Chris Covelli said Tuesday afternoon.
"Not only did Fox Lake lose a family member but I lost a very close friend," Fox Lake Mayor Donny Schmit said at a news conference. He said that Gliniewicz was a father of four boys and had worked for the force for more than three decades.
"Many residents here knew him as G.I. Joe," Schmit said.
The deadly shooting is believed to have happened after the officer sent a radio message saying that he was chasing after three men, authorities said.
The incident started at 7.52 a.m. Tuesday when the officer said via radio that he was pursuing two white men and one black man, according to a Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman.
Police lost communication with the officer after his radio message, and a backup officer found him injured, police said.
The three suspects remain at large, the Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman said. Canine crews are being used as well as officers on foot and in helicopters in the search.
The FBI is assisting local authorities and a representative told ABC News that they have agents on the ground. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are already at the scene and the U.S. Marshals confirmed to ABC News that members of its Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force are on their way to the scene.
The Federal Aviation Administration has established a temporary flight restriction over the search zone, and it is scheduled to be in effect until Wednesday afternoon. Fox Lake is a suburb about 60 miles north of central Chicago.
Daniel Britt/Getty Images(MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md.) -- Police get it: Speed cameras can be pesky.
“Nobody has ever really liked getting a ticket – whether it’s from me or from a camera,” Montgomery County Police Capt. Thomas Didone tells ABC News.
But it turns out those cameras can reduce fatal or incapacitating injury crashes by almost 40 percent on roads with speed limits of 35 mph or below, according to a study released Tuesday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Speed is a factor in about a third of fatal crashes in the U.S., the IIHS study says. But many commuters don’t realize how much putting the pedal to the metal can affect their safety.
“I don’t think the general public understands the consequences of speeding,” Didone says. “They don’t see the carnage on the highways that I do.”
If every county in the U.S. had enacted speed-camera programs like the one in Montgomery County, Maryland, where the study was conducted, they could have prevented around 21,000 fatal or incapacitating injury crashes in 2013 alone, IIHS projects.
Now equipped with more than 80 speed cams, Montgomery County has seen a 59 percent reduction in the likelihood of a driver exceeded the speed limit by more than 10 mph on roads with camera corridors. And drivers are pumping the brakes even on roads that don’t have speed cameras.
"t's a good thing to have a speed camera right there so people can actually be more cautious, stop, slow down,” Montgomery County local DeAndre Wilson told ABC. “They snap real quick. You just see ‘em flash and you look around: Oh, they got me, they got me, yeah.”
But some locals are skeptical.
“I think the cameras are bogus,” Tiana Harris told ABC. “There's times where I get speed tickets where I'm like, there's no way José I was speeding, because I’m like a grandma driving down the road.”
To the doubters, Didone says: Officers routinely check the speed camera readings against other instruments, like handheld radar and laser guns. And if the camera malfunctions during setup or shutdown, the entire day’s readings are voided.
Meanwhile, using cameras frees up police to pursue other department safety goals – and unlike officers, cameras “never have to stop for coffee or a donut or take a bathroom break,” Didone laughs.
So next time you get caught speeding, instead of griping, think of the lives the camera may have saved -– and if speed limits are low, maybe ease off the gas pedal.
ABC News(GREENOUGH, Mont.) -- It might look like a luxury hotel room, but this high-end resort isn’t in a big city: It’s a tent in the middle of Montana.
From their robes and slippers to the camping butler assigned to every guest to take care of their every need, the Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana, may have set the standard for "glamping" -- glamorous camping.
“There is always a butler on duty. All you have to do is push a button, and if you don’t call, we’re just sitting around, so call and ask for some wine,” Mike Grey, a camping butler at the resort, told ABC News’ “Nightline.”
Some of the tents are more than 1,000 square feet, with wood floors, electric blankets, indoor plumbing and heated bathroom floors. Celebrities, like Gwyneth Paltrow, and CEOs are regular guests at the resort.
But the classically trained chefs, opulent accommodations and wide array of activities come at a price. For a family of four, glamping at the resort can cost at least $10,000 for a minimum week stay.
“[I’m] not really a camping type of person, but the glamping makes it worth it,” Debbie Leonard, who came to the resort with her family from South Carolina, told “Nightline.” “You have a butler and chef working for you, so glamping is the way to go.”
The glamping industry says the trend has been on the rise for the past decade. The Resort at Paws Up opened ten years ago with three tents and now has 30, along with 28 cabins.
Activities at the resort range from working on a real cattle drive and skeet shooting to horseback riding and fly fishing. And at the end of the day, guests can get a spa treatment in one of six spa tents and a meal prepared by highly trained chefs.
Despite being on call 24/7, many of the staff members at the resort say they’re the lucky ones.
“We get to stay up here all season. They have to go home after a week. I’ve taken Montana for granted my whole life,” Grey said. “I’ve had every single guest remind me this place is damn beautiful. It is awesome to be here.”
TwinStrangers(SPRING, Texas) -- A woman from Fayetteville, North Carolina, recently met her doppelganger in Spring, Texas, face-to-face for the first time -- an encounter they both said they'll "never forget" and made possible by a website called Twin Strangers.
Niamh Geaney, 26, previously made headlines when she met up with two doppelgangers -- one in her home country of Ireland and another in Italy -- through Twin Strangers, the website she co-created inspired by a challenge she had with her friends to see who could discover more lookalikes, she told ABC News.
After the "life-changing meet-ups," she said she wanted others to have the same experience she did, and she offered to help other users in the Twin Stranger community meet up.
"I got an email from Jennifer, a 33-year-old woman from Spring, Texas, who said within five minutes of signing up for our site, she found her doppelganger, Ambra, a 23-year-old woman from Fayetteville, North Carolina," Geaney said. She explained that when users register, they fill out questionnaires that ask them to choose the pictured physical features they feel they have. Once finished registering, users then get an initial list of potential strangers.
"Once we contacted Jennifer and Geaney and got their photos side-by-side, we were like 'Whoa! That's a match, we've got to get them together!'" Geaney said.
Ambra and Jennifer deferred inquiries about their meet-up to Geaney, and ABC News is respecting their wishes not to identify their surnames.
Geaney said that just a few weeks ago, she flew from Ireland to Texas to help arrange and film Ambra and Jennifer's meet-up. She helped cover the cost of Ambra's plane ticket and hotel room for the trip, she added.
The two of them both said they were "nervous" about the meet-up in the video Geaney took and uploaded to YouTube.
"I was fine right up until I got up to the elevator to come down and see her," Ambra said. "And then suddenly I was all nervous and suddenly my hands were shaking and I was like, oh my lord, I'm actually gonna meet her."
"When I finally met her it was like oh my goodness [...] she really does have my face," Ambra said. She joked to Jennifer that her parents had spent the past two days trying to talk her out of coming because "apparently, coming to meet somebody I have no clue who they are bothers them."
Jennifer told Ambra she wasn't what she expected, but rather, "way more like me than I expected." The two said they both shared similar "likes and dislikes" including a common interest in horses and reading.
Ambra got to meet Jennifer's mother and partner, who both freaked out after meeting her lookalike.
"How can this be?" Jennifer's mother asked Geaney upon first seeing her. "There's no way. Ya'll are just too much alike. ... You're my daughter. You look so much like my daughter. Your smiles are the same. How is this possible? Are you adopted?"
Jennifer's partner, Travis, froze the moment he met Ambra.
"Oh my god, that's uncanny!" he said. "Man, you even got the same squint. ... Oh my god, it's kind of creepy and scary but fascinating."
Geaney told ABC News that "it was very funny seeing that Ambra and Jennifer had the exact same reaction" she had when she met her doppelgangers and the experience was "so surreal" for her.
Geaney also arranged a photo shoot in which they wore similar clothing, hairstyles and makeup to try and look even more alike than they already did.
She said that though the two may be far apart, they still communicate regularly online and tat they're likely never going to forget each other or their weekend together.
San Francisco shooting suspect Francisco Sanchez is pictured during an interview in jail and Kate Steinle is seen in an undated photo released by her family. KGO/Steinle Family
(SAN FRANCISCO) — The family of Kate Steinle, the woman gunned down on a San Francisco pier this summer, filed a lawsuit Tuesday over her death.
The lawsuit names San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
"We're frustrated," Brad Steinle, Kate's brother, said Tuesday at a family news conference. "We're here to make sure that a change is made so nobody has to endure the pain that my mom and dad and I go through on a daily basis.
"Because the system failed our sister," he added, fighting back tears. “And at this point nobody has taken responsibility, accountability. And nothing has changed.”
Steinle said the family hopes to "start the process of change so people will feel safe when they come to this city."
Kate Steinle, 32, was walking on a pier with her father July 1 when she was shot dead, authorities said. Sanchez pleaded not guilty to murder, according to court records.
The Steinle family blames the officials who released the suspect from jail prior to the July shooting. The suspect, Francisco Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant, had been deported several times.
Sanchez has five previous convictions for re-entry after deportation, according to court records. He was on probation in Texas at the time of the shooting and served federal time for sneaking back into the country.
The Bureau of Land Management has said that the gun used was stolen from a federal agent's car. The gun was government property and belonged to one of their enforcement rangers, the BLM said in a statement.
A BLM official told ABC News that the theft took place from a secured vehicle on June 27. The theft was then immediately reported to the San Francisco police, a BLM statement said.
"It's too late for us, that ship has sailed," Liz Sullivan, Kate's mother, said to ABC station KGO-TV. "But we want it for future, possible victims."
Sheriff Mirkarimi has said federal authorities did not provide the legal basis his department would have needed to hold Sanchez, who was released in April by San Francisco officials after marijuana charges against him were dropped.
"Federal courts have actually held that detaining someone for ICE is unconstitutional, it's unlawful," sheriff's office attorney Mark Nicco said, according to KGO-TV.
San Francisco's sanctuary-related ordinance says the sheriff can comply with federal detainers if the person was convicted of a violent felony or currently faces a similar offense.
"If we're not honoring ICE holds, but out the back door calling ICE to come pick somebody up, I think that's a complete contrast to what the due process for all law is," Nicco said.
In July, Mirkarimi said that, on Dec. 11, 1995, a San Francisco court issued a bench warrant for Sanchez's arrest for failing to appear on felony drug charges.
On March 23, 2015, the Federal Bureau of Prisons called the San Francisco Sheriff's Department and requested confirmation for an outstanding 1995 felony warrant for Sanchez for possession of marijuana and sale of marijuana, Mirkarimi said. The Federal Bureau of Prisons wanted to confirm the warrant was still in effect in San Francisco, Mirkarimi said, adding that the sheriff's department followed established protocols.
On March 26, 2015, Sanchez was transported to San Francisco County Jail and booked on the 20-year-old felony warrant, Mirkarimi said. On March 27, 2015, Sanchez appeared in court and the District Attorney moved to dismiss the charges.
Between March 27 and April 14, 2015, the Sheriff's office communicated with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to confirm that Sanchez had completed his federal sentence, Mirkarimi said. On April 15, 2015, Sanchez was legally released from San Francisco County Jail after the sheriff's department confirmed he had no outstanding warrants or judicial orders.
Based on a city ordinance and the police's policy on immigration detainers, Sanchez was deemed ineligible for extended detention for U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) proceedings, Mirkarimi said.
ICE "did not provide the Sheriff's Department with a warrant or a judicial order to hold him for proceedings," Mirkarimi said in July.
"Had ICE sought the requested legal order or warrant, the San Francisco Sheriff's Department naturally and will always comply and would have complied if that legal order or warrant would have been presented to us," Mirkarimi said. "While Sheriff Mirkarimi can't comment on potential litigation, he continues to extend his deepest sympathy to the Steinle family for their loss."
Kenya Briggs, Public Information Officer for the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, said in a statement Monday, "While Sheriff Mirkarimi can't comment on potential litigation, he continues to extend his deepest sympathy to the Steinle family for their loss."
Representatives for ICE and the BLM did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment Tuesday.