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Family Of DC Murder Victim Accuses Christie Of Politicizing His Death

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In the speech in Camden, N.J., the 2016 contender said the slaying of Sutherland, as well as the murder of Kathryn Steinle, who was killed in San Francisco, allegedly by an undocumented immigrant who had been deported multiple times, were proof that liberal politicians could not handle crime.

"These are just two tragic recent stories that have been repeated over and over again for too many families and communities all over America. For decades, liberal-leaning mayors and cities across America have pretended that the police are the enemy, and that lax criminal justice policies are compassionate," Christie said. "Well here’s a question I want to ask all those mayors and defenders of a broken system. How much compassion did liberal policies show for the families of Kevin Sutherland and Kathryn Steinle?"

The man suspected of killing Sutherland, a American University graduate, had been released from police custody the day before the murder when police downgraded a felony robbery charge to a misdemeanor due to lack of evidence.