Scot Shafer should ask the tough questions, including the burning question San Francisco feminists have been asking since domestic charges were brought against Sheriff Mirkarimi: As Sheriff, will you support the adoption of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Model Policy on Domestic Violence (which prohibits persons such as yourself, who have been convicted of domestic violence, from the role of sheriff?) The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) represents the collective wisdom of law enforcement leaders around the world regarding domestic violence: convicted domestic violence offenders should not be permitted to assume gun-toting official roles. Ross Mirkarimi confessed and was convicted of false imprisonment of his wife -- which according to the model policy by the IACP means domestic violence. San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) WAS working with the Sheriff's office to adopt a policy on officers and domestic violence BUT since Mirkarimi returned to office those negotiations have completely stopped. If Ross Mirkarimi is truly going to act as a responsible sheriff, putting San Franciscans above his personal interest, then he should work to adopt the IACP policy even though it would preclude him from being sheriff.
- Interviewing Sheriff Mirkarimi at Commonwealth Club of SF on Nov. 20
We ask for an objective interview of Sheriff Mirkarimi. Since reclaiming office, negotiations to adopt the model policy on domestic violence have halted completely. The Sheriff's office has left the table although the SFPD continues to work on it. The IACP model policy would preclude someone convicted of "false imprisonment" of his wife from being sheriff. Ask the burning question the collective of feminists organizations in San Francisco have been asking: Do you support the IACP Model Policy? Can you put the interest of San Franciscans before your own personal interests and adopt this wise policy established by the International Association of Chiefs of Police?
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