Futures Without Violence Reacts to San Francisco Supervisors’ 7-4 Vote to Reinstate Ross Mirkarimi
President and Founder Esta Soler issued the following statement against the decision:
“This is a sad day in our city. Instead of holding our publicly-elected officials to a high standard of conduct, we are sending a message that it’s ok to abuse your significant other as long as the physical injury is minor.
Despite Sheriff Mirkarimi’s guilty plea to false imprisonment, with a sentence to three years’ probation, he was able to characterize the abusive treatment of his wife as a political witch hunt to remove him from office. This situation sends the wrong message to society. We want to make it clear that violence is no longer a private family matter, particularly when it’s committed by one of the city’s top law enforcement officers.