False imprisonment sounds so sinister, like kidnapping. But when I asked District Attorney George Gascon to explain what the charge involves, he answered, "Using fear or intimidation in order to keep someone from moving freely." That is, "He told her not to leave, and he grabbed her."
It didn't matter that Lopez said her husband didn't hurt her.
I don't see how it helps Mirkarimi's political future if he wins in court and a judge reinstates him as sheriff.
But I also don't understand how a mayor can override the will of voters and fire an elected sheriff for "official misconduct" -- for conduct that had nothing to do with a job in to which Mirkarimi had yet to be sworn.
That's not the rule of law; it's mob rule.