I understand that men who abuse women often start with a shove that escalates to broken bones -- and horribly worse. Prosecutors want to stop an abuser before he becomes a batterer or a killer. A trial, however, is about not how a group acts, but what a defendant did or did not do.
The prosecution's "home run was," defense attorney Stiglich maintains, "if everything they say was true, he grabbed her arm too hard in an argument. And there's no context to it."
Now that Mirkarimi has pleaded guilty, after saying he wasn't, there's still no context to the story. It's time the sheriff shared what happened with the people of San Francisco.