Court Documents Allege More Domestic Abuse By SF Sheriff

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — New court documents released Tuesday alleged that San Francisco’s recently elected sheriff mistreated his wife on two occasions last year, and told her he would he would attempt to gain custody of their young son because he was “very powerful” as a former city supervisor and currently county sheriff.

An arrest warrant affidavit filed Tuesday afternoon – that was released to reporters – alleges that a video taken of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s wife shows her crying and pointing to a bruise on her arm that allegedly occurred during an argument on New Year’s Eve, and she alludes to possible prior domestic violence incidents from earlier last year.

Mirkarimi is set to be arraigned Thursday afternoon on charges of domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness in connection with the alleged Dec. 31 incident involving his wife, Eliana Lopez, and their young son Theo.

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According to the affidavit filed by police Inspector Richard Daniele, a neighbor called police to say she was told by Lopez about the attack a day after it allegedly happened.

The neighbor took a video of Lopez crying and pointing to a bruise on her right bicep, Daniele said in the affidavit.

Lopez then said, “This happened yesterday. Two times in 2011 and this is the second time this is happening. I told Ross I want to work on the marriage, we need help, I been (sic) telling him we need help and I’m going to use this just in case he wants to take Theo away from me because he did said (sic) that he is very powerful and can do it,” according to the affidavit.

The neighbor said Lopez told her that the Dec. 31 argument started when she, Mirkarimi and Theo were traveling to a restaurant for lunch and she asked if she could visit her family in Venezuela the day after he was sworn in as sheriff on Jan. 8.

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Mirkarimi became enraged, saying “f— you, f— you, you are trying to take Theo away from me,” then turned the car around, saying she didn’t deserve to eat, Daniele said in the affidavit.

The argument continued when they got home, with Mirkarimi “pushing, pulling and grabbing” Lopez. She then ran out of the house and into the street, and Theo was also outside screaming and crying when Mirkarimi said “no, uh, sorry, sorry, please come back in the house,” according to the affidavit.

Lopez had apparently gone to the neighbor’s house to talk to her while Mirkarimi was in the shower because he did not want her to leave the house and told her not to tell anybody about the incident, Daniele said in the affidavit.

Lopez said she told Mirkarimi “I’m going to tell people and I’m going to leave the house and then he looked scared,” according to the affidavit.

During a canvass of the neighborhood near the couple’s Webster Street home last Thursday, district attorney investigators contacted another neighbor who told them that she talked to Lopez on Jan. 4 and was also told about the incident and that there was a previous incident in March 2011, Daniele said in the affidavit.

The neighbor said Lopez described the Dec. 31 incident as Mirkarimi “going ballistic” and that Theo saw what happened and said “Daddy made boo-boo on mommy’s arm,” according to the affidavit.

The second neighbor also told authorities she could occasionally hear fighting coming from the couple’s home, and recalled hearing at least once last year Mirkarimi yelling “get the f— out!”

Mirkarimi’s attorney Bob Waggener said Tuesday afternoon that he had not yet been able to view the arrest warrant affidavit but was aware of the allegation of the prior incident in March.

“There may have been an argument, but no domestic violence occurred,” Waggener said.

Lopez has since denied the allegations against Mirkarimi, saying at a news conference last Friday, “This is unbelievable. I don’t have any complaints against my husband.”

She has retained an attorney, Cheryl Wallace, and has refused to speak to investigators about the case, according to the affidavit.

Mirkarimi, who was booked into jail late Friday and released on $35,000 bail, is not allowed to enter the family’s home as part of an emergency protective order obtained by prosecutors.

He has said he will fight the charges and will not resign as sheriff, although Mayor Ed Lee has the option of suspending him under the City Charter.

Lee said Monday that he was not ready to make a decision on whether to suspend Mirkarimi.

“We need to allow the case to go forward without interference,” he said.

The 50-year-old Mirkarimi was booked at San Francisco County Jail, but released on $35,000 bail.

If convicted of all charges, Mirkarimi could face a year in prison and three years’ probation.

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  • ZakG

    Interesting. If this was any standard citizen coming into the judicial system, they in no way, would ever granted a gag order on a crime of this nature, let alone a misdemeanor charge. It’s public record, once the arrest has been made; the charge, the court date, are all public record.

    Once again this shows the marginalization of how the general public is treated vs a politician in the City.

  • JaneQPublic

    Msg for Ross M. – I voted FOR you. I’m taking back my vote. We do NOT need – nor want – any law enforcement official who has committed domestic violence. The honorable thing for you is to RESIGN NOW – and get the help you need to control your violence. We the voters can – and will start a recall movement if necessary.

  • Zaq

    Ross Mirkarimi’s life as he knows it, is over!

  • stanley

    Mr. Mayor please step in and remove Mr. Mirkarimi before he becomes a bigger embarrassment to the city than the electrical failure at Candlestick,

    take a poll and you decide the fate of the Sheriff at and read the joke of the day

    www. stinkingpolitics. com

  • DougM

    Clearly I would say that the man has anger issues and converting these issues to domestic violence does not look good in the eyes of any decent citizen

  • tn

    To save SF some money, put him in the same cell as SF ex-Supervisor Ed Jew. They can ro-sham-bo for who gets top bunk bed.

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