San Francisco sheriff's woes began before immigration uproar

Jul 12, 2015 12:18 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After serving for eight years on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Ross Mirkarimi was elected sheriff in 2012.

Since then, he has encountered a series of scandals and gaffes in his department.

Shortly after his swearing in, he was charged with domestic violence for bruising the arm of his wife, Eliana Lopez, a former Venezuelan soap opera star.

Now he is trying to deflect criticism of his department's handling of a Mexican national released from jail despite a federal immigration hold request.

That man is charged with the fatal shooting of a San Francisco woman on July 1, an incident that has galvanized opposition to the city's policy of ignoring immigration requests from federal authorities.

Mirkarimi says he was following city law, which requires the jail to not honor detainer requests made by federal immigration officials.

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