Mirkarimi makes appearance at labor breakfast as he faces charges 

click to enlarge San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife have vowed to fight domestic violence charges against the sheriff. - SF EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife have vowed to fight domestic violence charges against the sheriff.

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is keeping up appearances despite being charged with three misdemeanors in connection to an alleged domestic violence incident on New Year’s Eve.

Mirkarimi showed his face at the hot-spot for local politicians on Martin Luther King Day – the San Francisco Labor Council breakfast.

The newly sworn-in sheriff who is expected to be arraigned this week said he was not “going to let anything stop” him attending the breakfast. The annual hob-knob event was held just blocks from Mirkarimi’s Webster Street home from which he is barred from due to a protection order issued by the District Attorney’s Office for Mirkarimi’s wife,  Eliana Lopez, and their 2-year-old son.

"I came here, of course, in solidarity of supporting Martin Luther King Day every year,” said the sheriff after the event.

The sheriff was booked and released on $35,000 bail Friday after charges were filed. Mirkaraimi and his wife vowed to fight the charges as they left City Hall Friday evening hand-in-hand for the county jail.

However, the District Attorney’s Office  has indicated that the New Year’s Eve incident may not be an isolated incident.

The charges stem evidence that was provided from a neighbor in the dorm of a videotape of Lopez and text message conversations. If convicted of the three charges -- domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness -- Mirkarimi could face a year in prison and three years' probation.

Wire services contributed to this report.

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