Ross_Mirkarimi.jpgSF Sheriff-elect Ross Mirkarimi recently got to check out SF’s law enforcement efforts from another angle, as SFPD is reportedly investigating charges of domestic violence against the former District 5 Supervisor.

According to an unnamed police source spoken to by the Ex, a neighbor of Mirkarimi’s made a third-party report of an alleged incident between Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez, last weekend.

Another unnamed source tells the Chron that after the alleged incident, Lopez went to the neighbor and confided in her, suggesting that “the alleged incident might be part of a larger pattern of abuse.”

According to both publications, the District Attorney’s office (for which Mirkarimi once worked as an investigator) and SFPD are investigating the report, even though Lopez is reportedly denying the allegations against her husband.

Mirkarimi’s campaign manager Jim Stearns released a statement he says is from Lopez, in which she says “I have absolutely no complaint against my husband. My husband has never been abusive to me.”

An email to Stearns from the Appeal has not been responded to at publication time.

In an interview with SF State’s magazine from May, 2010, Mirkarimi indicated that when Lopez, at the time of their meeting a Venezuelan soap opera star, “became pregnant she abruptly left everything and came to the United States.” The two reportedly married some time after their son’s birth in 2009.

Mirkarimi will be sworn in as SF Sheriff this Sunday.

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