Audio, Transcript: Ross Mirkarimi Tells His Side of Story in Hour-Long Interview

KQED Public Radio’s Forum show this morning spoke with Ross Mirkarimi. In an emotional hour-long segment, Mirkarimi gave his account of the New Year’s Eve fight with his wife, Eliana Lopez, which led to his guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment, his suspension as sheriff by Mayor Ed Lee, and the current attempt by Lee to remove him permanently from office for official misconduct.

The San Francisco Ethics Commission is scheduled to hold a special meeting on Apr 23 to decide whether to recommend to the Board of Supervisors that the charges against Mirkarimi be sustained. Mirkarimi would be removed from office if 9 of 11 supervisors vote to do so. Mirkarimi is also challenging the suspension and the misconduct charges in court.


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