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SF Sheriff Allegedly Reassigns Sergeant, Fails Shooting Exam

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By    |   Friday, 16 Oct 2015 07:05 PM

San Francisco's elected sheriff is under fire for reportedly transferring a sergeant who balked at letting the official take a marksmanship test to carry a gun because of an old wife-abuse case.

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi — who shot into the national spotlight last July for defending the city's "sanctuary" law after a woman was randomly gunned down by a criminal illegal alien — subsequently blew the shooting-range test, the San Francisco Chronicle reports

But Sheriff's Department officials deny the shooting-range master was bumped because he questioned whether Mirkarimi was allowed to carry a gun, insisting the transfer was a budgetary move that had nothing to do with the sheriff, the Chronicle reports.

According to the Chronicle, Mirkarimi pleaded guilty in 2012 to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment stemming from an incident in which he bruised his wife’s arm during a fight. In April, Mirkarimi had the conviction expunged after he completed his probation.

But it was unresolved whether he could carry a gun on duty since California law bars someone with a domestic-violence-related conviction from having a gun, even if the conviction is expunged, the Chronicle reports.

After his own case was expunged, Mirkarimi asked Sgt. Matt Haskell to schedule a marksmanship test, union representative Capt. Lisette Adams tells the Chronicle.

But Haskell instead asked the internal affairs division to consult with the state Department of Justice to see if Mirkarimi was allowed to because of the 2012 case, Adams said.

He never got a straight answer, and in August, was moved from the shooting range to a jailhouse job, the Chronicle reports.

On Sept. 18, Mirkarimi took the marksmanship test but didn't hit the 80 percent score needed to qualify to carry a gun, the Chronicle reports.

"It is interesting that Haskell was attempting to determine the sheriff's legal authority to carry a weapon shortly before he was transferred," said Adams. "It could be for a shortage of supervisors, but other supervisors were not moved from noncritical positions."

In a statement Thursday, the Sheriff's Department's chief lawyer declared, "There is no authorization required by the Department of Justice" for Mirkarimi to take the marksmanship test.

Mirkarimi is running for re-election Nov. 3.

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San Francisco's elected sheriff is under fire for reportedly transferring a sergeant who balked at letting the official take a marksmanship test to carry a gun because of an old wife-abuse case.
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