Domestic violence is a subject on the minds of our government officials lately, with the U.S. Senate finally re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act on Tuesday. In arguing in favor of the act, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said, “In my days as the mayor of San Francisco, many of the most difficult calls for The City’s law enforcement officers were those of domestic abuse. It was a big problem then, and it remains a big problem today.”
District Attorney George Gascón agrees. Read More
San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is helping to organize a choreographed dance by inmates and staff at county jails on Thursday as part of an international campaign against domestic violence.
Mirkarimi, whose own domestic violence case nearly led to his ouster from office last year, has invited the group Dancing Without Borders to coordinate a dance in both the men's and women's jails, sheriff's Chief Deputy Kathy Gorwood said today. Read More
The 22-year-old man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire over a laundry dispute has had three prior domestic violence convictions involving two other women, according to prosecutors.
On Thursday, Dexter Oliver pleaded not guilty to 11 felonies, including attempted murder, in connection with the broad-daylight incident Sunday in which he allegedly doused 25-year-old Starr Lamare with gasoline on a Bayview district street. Read More
Yoshiaki Nagaya might have abused his wife, but he also might not be quite the monster portrayed by prosecutors, according to Nagaya’s attorney, Garrick Lew. Read More
Two months have passed since four supervisors controversially voted against permanently ousting suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, but the Mayor’s Office and other opponents are keeping the heat on the lawman and the domestic violence issue that he broached. Read More
The effort to recall Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was reinvigorated Wednesday with the creation of an online petition.
Grass-roots organization Citizens for an Accountable Sheriff is seeking 50,000 signatures to present to Mirkarimi and ask him to resign, but it gave no deadline for reaching that goal. Read More
Despite all the vitriol and bad feelings that came out of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s protracted domestic violence scandal, victims in San Francisco might ultimately have that sad saga to thank for increased funding toward enforcement and services. Read More
A possible recall effort against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi appears to be losing steam — at least for now.
Anger over the Board of Supervisors’ decision in October to reinstate the embattled sheriff, following his suspension in the wake of a domestic violence case involving his wife, led to calls for a voter-driven ouster that had appeared imminent to some.
During the tumult of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s official misconduct hearings, he and his attorneys said that a public recall election — not the rarely used removal process employed by Mayor Ed Lee — was the proper way to oust an elected official.
But now that a recall effort appears to be forming, the newly reinstated sheriff has changed his tune. Read More
A March domestic violence conviction remains a heavy weight on reinstated Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who responded defiantly when District Attorney George Gascón recently called on him to abandon oversight of rehabilitation programs for batterers until completing his probation. Read More