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USSan Francisco police union says chief must quit, calling his apology 'pathetic'

03:15  27 may  2019
03:15  27 may  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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 Officers Assn. has called for chief Bill Scott to step down, a day after he apologized The statement described the chief ’s public concession as a “ pathetic , deceitful and The San Francisco Police Officers Assn. said Scott oversaw and ordered the investigation and raid

San Francisco Chief of Police William Scott apologized Friday for raiding a journalist's home and office in a leak The chief singled out the information police shared with the judges who signed off on the warrants. San Francisco police union says chief must quit , calling his apology ' pathetic '.

San Francisco police union says chief must quit, calling his apology 'pathetic'© Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/TNS San Francisco police chief William Scott looks on during a press conference at San Francisco police headquarters on April 6, 2018 in San Francisco, Calif.

The San Francisco Police Officers Association is calling on Police Chief Bill Scott to step down after he apologized for his officers’ raid of a journalist’s home.

“It is time for Chief Scott to go. There’s no other way around it,” union leaders wrote in a statement released Saturday, one day after Scott issued the public apology.

The statement described the chief’s public concession as a “pathetic, deceitful and shameful display of self-preservation, finger pointing and political kowtowing.”

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. 

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott listens to questions during a news conference Tuesday in San Francisco . Carmody, a veteran journalist, has said he obtained the report from his source and sold a package of his reporting, which included the document, to Bay Area TV stations.

The San Francisco Police Officers Assn. is calling on Police Chief Bill Scott to step down after he apologized for his officers’ raid of a “It is time for Chief Scott to go. There’s no other way around it,” union leaders wrote in a statement released Saturday, one day after Scott issued the public apology .

Scott’s apology, issued Friday, represented an abrupt reversal from just a few days ago, when he voiced suspicions that journalist Bryan Carmody committed a crime by obtaining a leaked report detailing the circumstances surrounding San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s death and selling it to local news outlets.

Police officers with a sledgehammer arrived at Carmody’s home on the morning of May 10. They handcuffed the reporter before seizing his notebooks, hard drives and phones in the hopes they might reveal his secret source.

The search took about six hours.

Since news of the search broke, journalists and First Amendment advocates have voiced their outrage that a journalist could be searched in such a manner.

Legal experts: California reporter did not commit crime

Legal experts: California reporter did not commit crime Media law experts pushed back against the San Francisco police chief who said a freelance journalist conspired to steal a police report, saying that it is not a crime to disclose a public record. Carolan, who is representing several media organizations siding with the independent reporter, says that the public has constitutional rights to access public records.

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott answers questions during a Tuesday news conference in San Francisco on May 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg). SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The union representing San Francisco police officers demanded Saturday that its chief resign, accusing him of

“I admire San Francisco ’s proactive approach to reform in the wake of incidents in the last several years, and I look forward to continuing this work in partnership with the Mayor's Office, the San Francisco Police Commission, the community and the men and women of the SFPD.” says Chief

The California Constitution includes what’s called the Shield Law, which protects journalists from being held in contempt for refusing to identify their sources. It also bars police from executing search warrants for materials covered by the law.

The San Francisco Police Officers Association said Scott oversaw and ordered the investigation and raid of Carmody’s home, and that he knew of Carmody’s status as a member of the media.

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