S.F. Inmates Say That Bruise Ross Mirkarimi Gave His Wife Is No Misdemeanor
|Inmates feel an unusual bond to their sheriff|
Perhaps convicted criminals and inmates aren't the sort of company you would expect the county sheriff to keep, but still, Mirkarimi could use all the support he can get right now.
We received a kind and thoughtful letter from prisoner Raymond Raymond, who penned his argument as to why "squeezing your lady's arm" is no misdemeanor. The letter, dated May 25, was CC'd to Mayor Ed Lee, informing the city's CEO that nearly everyone locked up behind bars supports Mirkarimi, who is trying desperately to hold onto his post as sheriff.
According to Raymond's six-page letter, which was purportedly signed by 20-plus inmates:
"Nearly everyone in jail feels Mr. Mirkarimi squeezing his lady's arm doesn't even constitute a misdemeanor, even though it behooves them both to not do that...The controversy over Ross Mirkarimi is not substantial enough to brow-beat-it."Mayor Lee suspended Mirkarimi without pay after he pleaded guilty to the domestic violence charges in March. He had asked Mirkarimi to leave his post permanently, but the newly minted sheriff refused. So the mayor turned this matter over to the Ethics Commission, essentially calling Mirkarimi a wife beater. The Ethics Commission is currently hearing the case and will decide whether Mirkarimi should be booted from his position for good.
Plenty of Mirkarimi's progressive allies have either distanced themselves or dumped him over this issue, leaving only a small legion of really progressive people to rally behind the beleaguered sheriff. And while Mirkarimi has seemingly lost everything for now -- contact with his wife, the chance to see his 3-year-old son, and his paycheck -- inmates over at county jail wanted him to know who his true friends are:
"We'd like to see Mr. Mirkarimi know our voices join the support for him, and when he can, he can come by and see how we've taken care of the place."
But Mirkarimi probably already knows how nice the jail cells are there, considering he was booked into the county jail himself.