S.F. Chief Apologizes for Raids on Journalist

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San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott apologized for raiding a journalist’s home and office in a bid to unmask a confidential source, admitting the searches were probably illegal and calling for an independent investigation into the episode, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Police “should have done a better job,” Scott said. “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.”

The chief said he was “concerned” that the applications for the search warrants in the May 10 raid didn’t adequately identify freelance videographer Bryan Carmody as a journalist — particularly a warrant to search his phone.The searches were part of an investigation into who leaked him a salacious police report on the February death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi, a report Carmody sold to three television stations.

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