By Luke Thomas
January 13, 2012
Calling three criminal misdemeanor charges filed against newly elected Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi by District Attorney George Gascón, “extremely serious and troubling,” Mayor Ed Lee today released the following statement:
“The charges filed today by the District Attorney are extremely serious and troubling. As elected officials, our primary responsibility and focus must always be to fulfill our duties to the people of San Francisco.
“As Mayor, I must now review the facts and options available to me under the City Charter, but I must also ensure that we do not take steps that undermine the integrity of the criminal justice proceedings underway.”
Mirkarimi was formally charged this afternoon with alleged domestic violence, child endangerment, and dissuading a witness, stemming from an incident on New Year’s Eve involving Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez.
Mirkarimi and Lopez have denied any wrongdoing and will fight the charges, the couple’s spokesperson said.