*San Francisco’s police union have called on the city’s police chief to resign over his handling of a raid on a local reporter’s home earlier this month.
Journalist Bryan Carmody said in an interview that police knocked down the gate of his home with a sledgehammer on May 10, handcuffed him for hours and seized thousands of dollars in electronics after he refused to identify a confidential source who provided a police report that revealed details about the death of the city’s longtime public defender, Jeff Adachi, in February, per NBC News.
According to the report, the city’s medical examiner determined that trace amounts of cocaine and alcohol found in Adachi’s system contributed to the heart attack that killed him.
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The president of the San Francisco Police Officer’s Union is calling on Police Chief Bill Scott to resign, a day after the chief reversed course in his defense of a raid by his officers on a freelance journalist’s house. https://t.co/gXFf9FIqjH
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) May 27, 2019
While Chief Bill Scott has apologized for the raid, union president Tony Montoya issued a letter to members calling for him to step down.
The statement described the chief’s public comments as a “pathetic, deceitful and shameful display of self-preservation, finger pointing, and political kowtowing.”
According to NBC Bay Area, Scott said he was concerned about how department investigators dealt with Carmody’s status a journalist: “I am specifically concerned by a lack of due diligence by department investigators in seeking search warrants and appropriately addressing Mr. Carmody’s status as a member of the news media,” he said. “This has raised important questions about our handling of this case and whether the California shield law was violated.”
Adding, “We have serious concerns that we may have violated the shield law, absolutely. “We have to dig into everything that has to be investigated as well.”
The California Shield Law protects journalists from being held in contempt for refusing to identify their sources. It also prohibits police from executing search warrants for materials covered by the law.
The San Francisco Police Officers Assn. said Scott was fully aware of Carmody’s status as a member of the press.