SAN FRANCISCO PD EARNING UNIVERSAL CONDEMNATION FOR RAIDING A JOURNALIST'S HOME DURING ITS INTERNAL LEAK INVESTIGATION | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


SAN FRANCISCO PD EARNING UNIVERSAL CONDEMNATION FOR RAIDING A JOURNALIST'S HOME DURING ITS INTERNAL LEAK INVESTIGATION

SOURCE: TECH DIRT
When the San Francisco Police Department decided to externalize its internal investigation of a leaked document, things got unlawful and unconstitutional in a hurry. Deciding the best way to sniff out the leaker of a police report detailing the death of prominent public defender Jeff Adachi was through the front door of a local journalist, the SFPD now has a lot of explaining to do.
The SFPD raided journalist Bryan Carmody's home supposedly to find information that would lead them to one of its own officers. Carmody is a stringer and had shopped around a copy of the police report someone inside the SFPD leaked to him. None of this is criminal. Nothing about Carmody's information-gathering fell outside of the law. If anyone broke the law, it was the officer or PD employee who gave him the report.

That fact notwithstanding, officers showed up at Carmody's house and -- after waging a losing battle with an impressive front gate -- handcuffed him for six hours while confiscating $10,000-worth of electronic devices and computers. It's safe to assume these items contained plenty of information Carmody had gathered from other sources, as well as information about those sources. Again, this search and seizure violated the state's journalist shield law, if not the US Constitution itself.

Carmody has released security footage of the SFPD's arrival. One can only assume his front gate will be facing obstruction of justice charges.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I shudder at how incredibly violent,PC, and lawless SF has become; I was born there, and always used to love to go up and visit; Right now, I wouldn't
go back, even if I were paid to do so.

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