The San Francisco police commander apologized for a raid on a journalist during an investigation to find a confidential source and admitted that the search could have been illegal.
The May 10 attack was carried out in San Francisco's home and office by freelance videographer Bryan Carmody, who had previously refused to disclose the identity of the person who leaked a police report with shocking details surrounding the death of public defender Jeff Adachi, 59, in February.
San Francisco Police chief Bill Scott told it San Francisco Chronicle that he & # 39; sorry that this happened & # 39; and also offered an apology to city residents and the mayor while claiming that the police should have done better & # 39 ;.
San Francisco police commander Bill Scott apologized for a police raid at a journalist's house and admitted the search was illegal
The police are shown here with sledgehammers, battering ram and crowbar and arrive on 10 May at San Francisco, the journalist of Bryan Carmody.
Carmody was enthralled and his cameras, telephones and computers were seized during the robbery
Scott said he had finished looking at all the material related to the robbery and noted that he & # 39; worried & # 39; was about the fact that the search requests had not sufficiently identified Carmody as a journalist.
This was especially true of the order for Carmody's cell phone, Scott said.
California police are expressly excluded from obtaining sensitive information through searches thanks to the state's shield law, which also protects journalists from disclosing confidential sources or revenue notices, recordings, and images that have not been published.
Scott also revealed that the police officers who carried out the search at Carmody's house had not talked to the district attorney's office prior to obtaining the warrants, which was a violation of departmental policies.
Scott said the police will now hand over the investigation to independent agencies, who can pave the way for an investigation into domestic affairs, allegations or discipline for the officers involved in the robbery.
He said that no evidence taken during the robbery at the home and office of Carmody will be used by the police and that it will not be provided to other investigative authorities.
Although Scott did not specify which independent investigators are responsible for investigating the criminal investigation, the city's independent police liability department has been stepped up to investigate potential administration violations.
The independent investigation was claimed by the mayor of San Francisco, the mayor of San Francisco.
Ras said in a statement obtained by the Chronicle that Scott's decision to acknowledge the mistakes was a good thing, but noted that & # 39; we need to restore trust between the department, the public, and the media. An independent and free press is essential in our city and society. & # 39;
The mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, called for an independent investigation into the robbery
Carmody & # 39; s house was raided after refusing to name the confidential source that leaked him a shameful police report about the death of Jeff Adachi on February 22.
The report, which Carmody sold to news channels, revealed that gummies infused with cannabis were discovered in the apartment where Adachi died
Empty alcohol bottles were found near a garbage can in the apartment
Above is a syringe shown next to a number of medicine bottles. They could have been paramedics who tried to breathe new life into him and were not necessarily his but they were included in the leaked photos to the media
Earlier Scott had said that the police believed Carmody had been part of a criminal conspiracy to steal the internal police report.
Carmody claimed that he neither paid for the report nor conspired to steal it, stating that he had obtained the report through a confidential source. Carmody sold the report to various news channels.
When Carmody refused to reveal his source in April, the police appeared at his home, armed with a sledgehammer, battering ram and crowbar. They then captivated Carmody and seized his computers, cameras & phones.
Carmody's lawyer, Ben Berkowitz, told the Chronicle that the police department must come out to clear Bryan's name stating that he has not committed any criminal activity.
Berkowitz also noted that it is especially & # 39; offensive & # 39; was that the police selected & # 39; an independent journalist & # 39 ;. They would not have abandoned the San Francisco Chronicle door. & # 39;
Adachi was found dead on February 22, after a woman calling herself Caterina called the police.
His autopsy showed that he had a mixture of cocaine and alcohol in his system that, in combination with a heart condition he suffered, caused his death.
In the days that followed, more details of the scene in which he was found emerged from a leaked police report given to the media.
It revealed that he was in an apartment with an & # 39; unmade bed, empty bottles of alcohol, cannabis gummies, and two syringes that may have been left by paramedics & # 39 ;.
The publication of that data has raised questions about who leaked it and why.
Adachi and the woman had been out to dinner, she told the 911 operator, and returned to the apartment.
He had only had two glasses of champagne, but complained about feeling sick when they returned to the property.
He asked her for an antacid, but she gave him an Advil, she said.
When he collapsed, she called 911 and then fled and was never mentioned publicly.
& # 39; It is curious that we read leaked details about another & # 39; woman & # 39 ;, renting an apartment and completely unnecessary mentions of alcohol, cannabis and syringe.
& # 39; The incident should certainly be investigated, as every death should, but the information that emerges makes it seem like Adachi's decades-old law enforcement fights – on behalf of suspects and otherwise – could continue even after his death # 39; read an opinion piece in the Chronicle.
Adachi & # 39; s widow, Mutsuko Adachi, condemned the police for leaking the information so soon after his death.
& # 39; It was despicable what the police did to myself and my daughter by releasing the police report.
& # 39; It was less than 12 o'clock and they released a police report with photos, and it was all over the news. We had no privacy.
& # 39; It was an ongoing investigation and I don't think they should have released it.
& # 39; Saying it doesn't affect the family is an understatement. It's incredibly painful for the police to do this, & she said.
The police have officially apologized for starting an internal investigation.
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