Ex-Castro Resident Julius Turman Commended By District 8 Supe Scott Wiener

turman.jpgIt’s not that there aren’t any black people in the Castro (at least at places other than Badlands). There just weren’t any black folks living in District 8 who city officials felt like honoring on Tuesday.

Black History Month has been upon us for weeks now, and Tuesday was the day when the city’s elected officials picked a person from their district to honor with a City Hall commendation. Supervisors picked journalists, activists, singers and athletes from their districts to honor with a certificate and a round of applause — but for his choice, Supervisor Scott Wiener went further afield.

Julius Turman serves on the Police Commission and was a distinguished federal prosecutor and private attorney who once practiced law with Supervisor David Campos. He also well-known among political circles for his service as co-chairman of the Alice B Toklas LGBT Democratic Club (the more moderate of the city’s two gay Democratic clubs), all accolades which Wiener mentioned during at City Hall on Tuesday.

You may recall Turman’s appointment to the Police Commission as the issue du jour for at least a few weeks last year. Turman served on the Human Rights Commission before his nomination onto the cops’ civilian oversight board; his attendance on that commission was a bit spotty, but has since attended nearly every meeting of the Police Commission, he said Tuesday.

One thing that was left unsaid — though it has been mentioned during the domestic violence imbroglio currently engulfing Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi — was Turman’s brief brush with the law, in which his ex-lover accused him of issuing a severe beating during an argument in 2006. That case was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

So if in fact Mirkarimi’s political career survives the allegations that he bruised his wife during an argument Jan. 1, he has a future… during Former Legislator-Cop History Month, perhaps.

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