SF Supervisors Vote to Reinstate Ross Mirkarimi
In a disturbing end to a nine month ordeal, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 7-4 to reinstate Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. Despite his guilty plea to false imprisonment, with a sentence to three years’ probation conditioned on completion of a 52-week batterers intervention program, Mirkarimi was able to characterize the abusive treatment of his wife as a political witch hunt to remove him from office. Lost in his analysis, but accepted by his supporters and four San Francisco supervisors, was the fact that domestic violence is no longer a private family matter, particularly when committed by one of the city’s top law enforcement officers.
“This is a sad day in our city,” commented Esta Soler, president and founder of Futures Without Violence. “Instead of holding our publicly elected officials to a high standard of conduct, we are sending a message that some elected officials believe it’s ok to abuse your significant other if the physical injury is minor.
The criminal justice system, after years of hard work to address violence against women regardless of the perpetrator, responded swiftly and effectively in this case. We thank the Mayor and the seven supervisors who chose to follow suit and hold Sheriff Mirkarimi accountable for his actions.