Prosecutors on Friday charged San Francisco’s new sheriff with three misdemeanors, including domestic violence, in connection with an argument with his wife. Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, 50, faces charges of domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness, said the district attorney, George Gascon. The sheriff vowed to remain in office. The case, set for trial Feb. 24, stems from a New Year’s Eve incident in which Mirkarimi grabbed his wife’s arm, leaving a bruise, in front of their 2-year-old son. Lopez reportedly told her neighbor the following day, who videotaped her showing the bruise and recounting the fight, and then reported the matter to the police.
I have a real problem with this one. This man is supposed to be upholding the law and instead he’s breaking it and thinks he can stay in office. At the very least he should be demoted. Being a victim of domestic violence myself, and my husband being a police officer, I can say that there’s a high link between domestic violence and the high stress job of police work. There needs to be counseling services available for husbands and wives, and protections in place, with the appropriate discipline for the abuser. Without this, wives of police officers will continue to be abused, with no hope of any real help.
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