Terry Collins reports for AP: "Gascon said the basis for the child endangerment charge was that the couple's son saw the alleged incident occur. Gascon declined to explain the allegation that Mirkarimi influenced a witness."
As San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi fights three criminal charges stemming from accusations that he physically abused his wife, he also is battling for his political future.
District Attorney George Gascón on Friday charged Mirkarimi with domestic violence battery of his wife, child endangerment and dissuading a witness in connection with an incident that prosecutors believe happened on New Year's Eve.
"No one is above the law," Gascón said. "Whether this was the elected sheriff or any other San Francisco resident, this type of behavior is inexcusable, criminal and will be prosecuted."
That allegation needs to be explained. The battery apparently resulted in only a bruise, and Mirkarimi's wife says the charges are "completely wrong." But who is the witness and what is the dissuading? A cover-up after the fact, deliberate and not in the heat of the moment, could be more serious than the original transgression, as so often happens in politics.