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CrimeAdachi leak: SF cops explain why they raided journalist, cite conspiracy probe

17:57  22 may  2019
17:57  22 may  2019 Source:   sfchronicle.com

Reporter says police tried to break down door after he wouldn't reveal source

Reporter says police tried to break down door after he wouldn't reveal source Journalist Bryan Carmody told the San Francisco Examiner that police tried to break down his door Friday morning after he refused to identify the source who provided him with a confidential police report.Carmody told the outlet that police and FBI agents searched his home and office because he had obtained a copy of the police report detailing Public Defender Jeff Adachi's February death.Two weeks prior, police investigators showed up at his home to ask him, politely Carmody noted, to identify the source who gave him the report. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

San Francisco police officials said Tuesday they will return all property seized from a journalist this month in a raid prompted by an investigation into who leaked a report on the February death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi . But while police are giving freelance videographer Bryan Carmody back his

Some people in SF are wondering why it took three hours for police to respond to the death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi — conspiracy theories In a city where conspiracy theories and allegations of cover-ups are as much a part of politics as the fog, the circumstances surrounding the death of

Under fire for a raid on the home and office of a freelance journalist who refused to identify a confidential source, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott Tuesday explained the action by saying his department suspected the man took part in a criminal conspiracy to steal an internal police report on the February death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

When a reporter would not betray his source, police came to his home with guns and a sledgehammer

When a reporter would not betray his source, police came to his home with guns and a sledgehammer The banging jolted Bryan Carmody awake. Outside his San Francisco home Friday morning, the longtime journalist saw a throng of police officers with a sledgehammer, trying to break down his front gate. Carmody told the eight to 10 officers he would only let them in with a search warrant. Police confirmed a judge signed off on their barging into his home. Then the officers drew their guns and scoured his residence. When police left, they carted away his notebooks, computers, cameras, phones and even his fiancee’s iPod from her college days. “I knew what they wanted,” Carmody told The Times. “They wanted the name.

San Francisco police on Friday raided the home of a freelance journalist who provided three Bay Area television stations with a copy of a police report into the death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi , the journalist and police officials said.

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“We believe the line was crossed,” Scott said. “We believe he took part in this act.”

But in an extraordinary news conference, Scott alleged only that the journalist, Bryan Carmody, participated in receiving and distributing a leaked government report — an action that is common in the media and protected by the First Amendment.

The chief explained why police believe Carmody participated in a conspiracy: “We believe that ... an SFPD employee was a part of this. We believe that in order for this to be successfully pulled off, there had to be some contact between the employee and Mr. Carmody ... we believe he was part of the effort to illegally obtain this report.”

SF District Attorney Gascón questions SF police raid on journalist

SF District Attorney Gascón questions SF police raid on journalist San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón on Monday questioned the police raid of a journalist’s home earlier this month, saying he “can’t imagine a situation in which a search warrant would be appropriate.” Officers executed search warrants at freelance videographer Bryan Carmody’s home and office on May 10 as part of their investigation into who in the department leaked a police report on the death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi. The search has drawn rebukes from First Amendment groups and a growing number of city officials who have questioned whether police violated the law, including the state shield law that protects journalists from being compelled to rev

A freelance journalist in San Francisco whose home and office was raided by police earlier this month after he said he refused to give up a confidential source is now under investigation as a “possible co-conspirator” in an alleged criminal conspiracy to steal a confidential police report, San Francisco

The May 10 police raid on San Francisco freelance journalist Bryan Carmody — who had sold three television stations a leaked police report on the February death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi — raised questions about whether police violated the state’s shield law that protects journalists from

Scott alternately said of the May 10 raid: “I’m not here to try to defend it.” He acknowledged that “leaks happen all the time” and that “I understand a journalist can receive reports.” He said repeatedly, “There are some lessons to be learned here.”

Asked about the new allegation on Tuesday, Carmody said, “I’m speechless.”

He said he did not pay for the report or conspire to steal the report. “I received a copy of the thing,” he said.

Carmody said he obtained the police report from a confidential source shortly after Adachi’s death at age 59 on Feb. 22. He then sold it to three television news stations, who aired portions of it.

Some city officials were angered by the leak, suspecting it was an effort to smear the late public defender, who was known for his crusades against police misconduct.

Police served a search warrant on Carmody’s home and office, seizing computers, phones and other items in a bid to identify his source.

After raid, San Francisco reporter seeks return of property

After raid, San Francisco reporter seeks return of property A San Francisco reporter is demanding the return of property after police raided his home to find the source of a leaked report into the death of the city's public defender. 

The San Francisco Police Department executed two “violent and breathtakingly overbroad” searches of a journalist ’s home in its bid to figure out who leaked him a police report into the death of public defender Jeff Adachi , an attorney for the journalist wrote in a court filing Thursday.

Particularly when San Francisco is suffering. “Could this last shooting have been prevented had the AG not refused to step in?” When Adachi wrote to Harris in April to request a civil rights investigation, he was disappointed that her office didn’t reply in writing.

Scott said the police investigation is focused on SFPD employees and that “a secondary focus of this investigation is whether Mr. Carmody was an active participant in the commission of criminal acts, beyond his role with the news media.”

Possible crimes, police said, include conspiracy to commit a crime, theft, unlawful dissemination of a confidential report, and delaying or obstructing a public officer. Scott said Carmody’s motive would be profit, though Carmody has said he makes a living as a freelancer by selling videos and documents.

The chief also noted that in an interview with investigators Carmody “expressed disdain for Mr. Adachi.”

California’s shield law protects journalists from being compelled to reveal their sources. The law specifically bars police from searching journalists in order to uncover a source. Asked about the shield law, Scott said, “We do believe Mr. Carmody committed a crime.”

Later, he said, “We respect the news media,” and promised his department would “really dissect (its investigation) and be thoughtful about it. We have to own what we own.”

The Latest: San Francisco reporter to get property returned

The Latest: San Francisco reporter to get property returned A San Francisco police attorney said that a reporter whose office and work equipment was seized in a police raid can collect his property although the legal issues surrounding the case were not resolved Tuesday. 

A new group of San Francisco police officers was implicated in exchanging bigoted text messages, fueling increased scrutiny of the city force and prompting a Police said investigators couldn’t find sufficient evidence to support the rape charge, but discovered the records violations during the probe .

San Francisco police are investigating a drive-by shooting that left a 27-year-old man in critical condition Friday night and a string of car-to-car shootings that happened soon after. 9. Home, business of SF journalist raided regarding leaked Jeff Adachi police report.

“I hope this is not coming across as a defense,” he said. “This is an opportunity to tell people why we did what we did.”

Scott spoke after police officials said in court earlier in the day that they would return all property to Carmody. But while officials said they will give back computers, cameras, hard drives and other electronic equipment, it was not immediately clear what investigators planned to do with any evidence or information they had discovered and downloaded during and since the raid.

Attorneys for Carmody and the Police Department discussed the issue during a brief hearing in San Francisco Superior Court. Carmody’s lawyer, Thomas Burke, sought the return of his client’s property, while asking Judge Samuel Feng to quash the two search warrants police obtained before searching Carmody’s home and office.

Burke, who has represented The Chronicle and its parent company, Hearst Corp., in other cases, has argued that police violated his client’s right to due process along with the state shield law.

“I think it’s important when you have something like this happen you get the material back as soon as you can,” Burke said outside court. “But we want the search warrants revoked, and we want it made clear that they shouldn’t have been issued in the first place.”

San Francisco police chief defends controversial search of reporter’s home

San Francisco police chief defends controversial search of reporter’s home Facing a firestorm of public criticism, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said Tuesday the controversial raid of a journalist’s home earlier this month was prompted by the suspicion that the reporter was a co-conspirator in a criminal investigation, adding that his alleged conduct “crossed the line.” 

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Ronnie Wagner, an in-house attorney at the Police Department, did not file any motions opposing the effort to quash the warrants and did not provide any justification for the search during the hearing. Feng did not rule on any motions and set a deadline for police to file any opposition by May 31. Attorneys are due back in court June 10.

An attorney representing the First Amendment Coalition — a nonprofit that advocates for free speech and government accountability — filed a motion to unseal the search warrants in the case. The Police Department filed the warrants under seal, leaving it unclear precisely what officers disclosed in the affidavits describing their suspicion that a crime had occurred. Two judges, Victor Hwang and Gail Dekreon, signed the warrants but have not commented.

“This highlights the very serious need for the Police Department search warrant material to be unsealed,” said David Snyder, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition. “It’s one thing to have the police chief explain what happened at a press conference a week and a half later. It’s another thing entirely to understand what the Police Department told the judges that signed the warrant.”

The case has drawn national attention over concern that the search undermined press freedom, which depends heavily on journalists’ ability to protect confidential sources. A growing number of San Francisco officials, including some supervisors and District Attorney George Gascón, have criticized the raid.

Police showed up at Carmody’s Outer Richmond District home with a sledgehammer, drew their guns and cuffed him for more than six hours. Asked about the sledgehammer on Tuesday, Scott said, “We know that looks bad.”

Evan Sernoffsky is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @EvanSernoffsky

San Francisco police chief apologizes for raid on journalist's home.
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott apologized Friday for a raid on a journalist's home, saying it was likely not legal while calling for an independent investigation.Officers "should have done a better job," Scott told the San Fransisco Chronicle in an interview."I'm sorry that this happened. I'm sorry to the people of San Francisco. I'm sorry to the mayor. We have to fix it. We know there were some concerns in that investigation and we know we have to fix it," he added. The police chief told the newspaper that he was "concerned" that warrants for the raid on freelance videographer Bryan Carmody's home and office did not sufficiently recognize him as a journalist.

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