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Anti-domestic violence group asks sheriff to quit

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POSTED January 13, 2012 1:12 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Members of a group seeking to eliminate domestic violence are calling for San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to step down.

During a gathering outside City Hall Thursday, members of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium, urged Mirkarimi to resign.

The calls for his resignation come as the new sheriff is being investigated over domestic violence allegations.

District Attorney George Gascon said earlier this week that he hoped to make a decision on whether to file charges by Friday.

According to a police affidavit, a neighbor reported that Mirkarimi grabbed and bruised wife Eliana Lopez’s right arm during a heated argument at their home on New Year’s Eve.

Mirkarimi has denied the allegations, while Lopez says the incident was taken out of context.

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