Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is one of the most polarizing figures in San Francisco. Since moving to the city in 1984, he’s gone from co-founding the Green Party to graduating from the Police Academy and serving as a City Supervisor. He was also convicted of false imprisonment of his wife, Eliana Lopez, in a highly publicized incident of domestic violence. As a result, San Franciscans have strong opinions about the sheriff. Mayor Ed Lee has made his known, attempting to have Mirkarimi permanently removed from his position.
Sheriff Mirkarimi had many supporters when he was facing losing his job, but there were also many vocal opponents to his reinstatement. In fact, the majority of San Franciscans polled did not want Mirkarimi as Sheriff after his conviction. “Citizens for an Accountable Sheriff” was created calling for his resignation – and many women’s rights activists spoke out against Mirkarimi’s reinstatement during the ethics committee hearing when they were considering his case. Among them was Kathy Black, executive director of La Casa de las Madres, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence.