Mayor Preparing to Pull Trigger on Sheriff?

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Published on January 13, 2012 with 8 Comments

San Francisco Mayor Ed lee. File photo by Luke Thomas.

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.

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the SanFranciscoSentinel.com, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched FogCityJournal.com. The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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