San Francisco police union calls for chief’s resignation
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The union representing San Francisco police officers is calling for its chief to resign over his handling of the police raid of a freelance journalist’s home and office.
Chief William Scott acknowledged Friday that the searches were probably illegal and apologized for the way his department handled the investigation into who leaked a confidential police report to Bryan Carmody.
California’s shield law protects journalists from search warrants, and Scott said the paperwork seeking court approval of the raid didn’t adequately identify Carmody as a journalist. He blamed department investigators for their “lack of due diligence.”
The police union fired back on Saturday, saying Scott ordered the investigation, knew Carmody was a journalist and deceived the sergeant who wrote the search warrant.
Scott has not returned a request for comment.