The wife of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi used Twitter to denounce domestic violence just days before the incident in which she was allegedly abused by her husband at the couple’s San Francisco home.
Since the damning allegations were first brought against the newly sworn-in sheriff, Eliana Lopez has insisted she has no complaints about her husband in connection with an alleged New Year’s Eve quarrel that prosecutors say is grounds for three misdemeanor charges against Mirkarimi.
On Dec. 18, Lopez re-tweeted a message in Spanish from multiple women’s rights organizations: “The holidays arrive and with it an increase in violence against women.”
Four days later, Lopez sent out two tweets denouncing the spanking of children, one of which said, “Studies indicate that children who are beaten or slapped suffer more often from anxiety disorders, depression and anti-social behavior.”
Whether Lopez was advocating against violence because of personal experiences remains unclear. Her attorney, Cheryl Wallace, was unavailable for comment on Monday.
Lopez goes by the Twitter handle @Elilopezu, and has used the microblogging site to promote Mirkarimi’s sheriff campaign, to advocate for environmental causes and to communicate with friends and family in her native Venezuela, where she was once a soap opera actress.
In the lead-up to the birth of the couple’s son, Lopez blogged her thoughts on motherhood at www.maminatural.blogspot.com. Although the blog includes some photos of her husband, she spends very few words on Mirkarimi. The couple married sometime after the fall 2009 birth of their son.
The couple walked hand-in-hand into county jail on Friday, where Mirkarimi was booked and released after being charged with domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness. Earlier this month, police seized a video showing a bruise on Lopez’s arm — along with an iPhone containing a text message conversation about the alleged abuse — from a neighbor who first reported the incident to authorities.
The District Attorney’s Office has indicated that the New Year’s Eve incident may not be an isolated occurrence. Mirkarimi is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges this week.
Staff writer Joshua Sabatini contributed to this report.
Sheriff continues business as usual even as DA protection order keeps him out of home
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is keeping up appearances despite being charged with three misdemeanors in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident on New Year’s Eve.
Mirkarimi showed his face Monday at the San Francisco Labor Council breakfast, a hot spot for local politicians on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.
Mirkarimi, The City’s first new sheriff in more than 30 years, is expected to be arraigned this week, but said he was not “going to let anything stop” him from attending the breakfast. The annual hobnob event was held just blocks from the sheriff’s Webster Street home, which he is barred from entering due to a seven-day protection order issued by the District Attorney’s Office for Mirkarimi’s wife, Eliana Lopez, and their son.
“I came here, of course, in solidarity of supporting Martin Luther King Day every year,” the sheriff said after the event.
Robert Waggener, Mirkarimi’s attorney, confirmed Monday the sheriff is living apart from his wife, and said that the “ordeal” has caused confusion for the couple’s son.
“His son wants to know where his father is,” Waggener said, adding that the district attorney’s investigators have been seeking information from Mirkarimi’s neighbors.
Mirkarimi was booked and released on $35,000 bail Friday after the charges were filed against him. Mirkarimi and Lopez vowed to fight the charges as they left City Hall on Friday before heading to county jail, where the sheriff was booked.
If convicted on the three charges — domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness — Mirkarimi could face up to a year in prison and up to three years of probation.
Bay City News contributed to this report