One of the most liberal supervisors, in San Francisco that makes Lenin look conservative, was about to lose his position because of term limits. He ran for sheriff, an elective office, and the two police supported candidates split their votes. So the extreme liberal was elected sheriff.
A few days after New Year’s the sheriff's wife complained to a neighbor that her husband, the new sheriff, had abused her in front of her two-year-old son and threatened to take the son away in a custody battle because her husband is so politically powerful. That turned into three demeanor charges: spousal abuse, child endangerment and threatening a witness.
At this point the melodrama escalated. The new Sheriff claimed protection from prosecution because the issue was a private family matter. San Franciscans think that plea is nonsense.
The woman who heard the complaint from the sheriff’s wife happened to be a feminist radical with a law degree who videotaped the bruise on the wife’s arm as well as the conversation and the wife's description of an earlier beating. She reported the abuse.
When taken in to be charged at the main police station, the booking photo has the sheriff with his eyes closed. Every San Franciscan wants to know why. We’ve never seen such a mug shot.
The newly elected District Atty. knows the politics of San Francisco and brought three misdemeanor charges against the Sheriff. The DA also put a restraining order in place to keep the sheriff away from his wife and son.
The melodrama now escalated again. The sheriff’s wife, who was a melodrama star on Venezuelan TV, told a press conference that it was America and dirty politics that were tearing her family apart. (Such charges might actually be true in Venezuela.)
The Sheriff’s name is Ross Mirkarimi in case you want to follow this story. Mirkarimi is a Persian name.(Good newspaper version of the story.)