Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi indicated last week that he will not relinquish oversight of his office’s domestic violence programs, but he pledged that an undersheriff will handle disciplinary actions for any of his staffers involved in domestic violence cases.
The sheriff spelled out his position in a three-page letter to Mayor Ed Lee sent in response to the mayor and District Attorney George Gascón’s demand that he recuse himself from decisions related to his department’s domestic violence programs or to internal personnel issues related to domestic violence convictions.
Despite a 10-month public ordeal and the expenditure of $1.3 million in city legal resources to pursue his ouster, San Francisco’s restored Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi began to reassume his post Tuesday amid palpable tension at City Hall.
In March, Mayor Ed Lee began seeking the elected sheriff’s removal following a domestic violence scuffle in which Mirkarimi admitted to grabbing his wife’s arm hard enough to bruise it. Read More
When police officers shoot and kill an unarmed person, they are suspended with pay for the duration of the investigation. What the people of San Francisco have witnessed for 10 months now has been aninquisition-like persecution of our elected sheriff. Read More
After Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment in connection with an argument he had with his wife, Mayor Ed Lee suspended him and brought charges to remove him for official misconduct. Mirkarimi exercised his right to contest the removal before the San Francisco Ethics Commission and Board of Supervisors. Read More
Whether suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is fit to remain one of San Francisco’s top law enforcement officials consumed City Hall on Thursday and Friday with lengthy hearings that appear to have established only one clear fact so far — he forcefully grabbed and bruised his wife’s arm during a Dec. 31 argument. Read More
A jilted ex-girlfriend of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is listed as one of several potential witnesses in his upcoming domestic violence trial sparked by a New Year’s Eve argument with his wife. Read More
No, it is not significant that Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced Tuesday that he would not accept a taxpayer-provided paycheck on the days he does not work because he is sitting in court on trial for domestic abuse. This is just about the absolute minimum he could offer in the wake of criminal charges against one of the county’s highest-ranking public safety officials. Read More
With his wife smiling by his side, new San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi vowed Sunday to fight the domestic violence allegation that cast a pall over his otherwise jubilant inauguration. Read More
Ross Mirkarimi held a lead over Chris Cunnie and Paul Miyamoto in a three-way race for San Francisco sheriff, but the outcome of the contest remains undecided. David Wong also entered the race, but was a distant fourth after Tuesday’s voting. Read More
Four candidates for San Francisco sheriff are cemented on the November ballot as of Wednesday afternoon, when Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi filed signatures to make it official in the last waning hours before the deadline. The candidate list also includes Chris Cunnie, Paul Miyamoto and David Wong. Cunnie, the former San Francisco police union boss, has netted endorsements from U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Read More