Tony Bologna's widow Sues San Francisco over Sanctuary City resulting in mass murder by Latino illegal alien criminal from El Salvador

SAN FRANCISCO — The family of a father and two sons who were slain in San Francisco last year can go to state court with a claim that the city is to blame for failing to turn their alleged killer over to immigration authorities when he was arrested earlier as a juvenile, a federal judge has ruled.


City Attorney Dennis Herrera had asked U.S. District Judge Susan Illston to rule on the claim herself after dismissing the rest of the suit last month by Tony Bologna’s widow and daughter. But Illston said Friday that the remainder of the family’s case – that the city’s negligence caused the killings – belongs in Superior Court because it is based on state law and challenges San Francisco’s policies.

Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, were shot to death near their home in the Excelsior district in June 2008. Edwin Ramos, 22, is charged with murdering them.

Ramos, a native of El Salvador whom prosecutors describe as a member of the MS-13 gang, was arrested twice as a juvenile, for an assault in October 2003 and an attempted purse-snatching in April 2004. Juvenile courts sent him to a shelter after the first incident and to the city-run Log Cabin Ranch in the Peninsula hills after the second.

Case records don’t show whether police or juvenile courts knew that Ramos had entered the United States illegally. But under juvenile authorities’ interpretation of the city’s sanctuary policy at the time, they would not have passed that information along to federal immigration officials. Federal authorities learned of Ramos’ status later but did not take him into custody for deportation proceedings.

The family’s lawsuit says the city was responsible for the shootings because its policy allowed Ramos to go free.

Last month, Illston rejected the family’s claim that the city’s actions violated the shooting victims’ constitutional right to due process of law. She said the city might be held to account if it knew Ramos posed a specific threat to the Bolognas, but not for releasing someone who allegedly endangered a large segment of the public.

Herrera’s office urged Illston to address the negligence claim as well, arguing that it was governed by the same legal standard: a requirement that the plaintiffs show city officials knew the Bolognas were in danger and had a duty to protect them.

But Matthew Davis, the family’s lawyer, said Monday that California law makes it easier to hold government officials accountable for allegedly harboring illegal immigrants or preventing police from reporting them to federal authorities.

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1 Response to Tony Bologna's widow Sues San Francisco over Sanctuary City resulting in mass murder by Latino illegal alien criminal from El Salvador

  1. stoptheinvasionoforegon says:

    why are the prisons filled with hispanic aka illegal aliens from Latino countries? why are so many of them out on parole, arrested over and over again and then released?
    Because unless an illegal alien is tried in Federal Court he will not be deported,no matter how bad the crime is and the Feds are only hearing about one in 10,000 cases and we have 38 million criminals from Mexico alone. On top of that, if they post bail , ICE lets them out while they try to stay in the country on the old if I go back they will kill me. I know one Latino criminal who was just arrested with 6 guns in his apartment. His co-criminal from Mexico paid his huge bail and the Washington county Judge thinks he is safe to let back on the streets of Hillsboro. The Corporations , the police and the judges are on the side of the criminal invaders. The lawyers are whores who only care if they get paid

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