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Public Figure's Death Turns Into San Francisco Flash Point - Page 2

Cops raid reporter's home after he won't give up source about late public defender Jeff Adachi
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2019 9:04 AM CDT

  • The backlash: Details of the salacious aspects of Adachi's death (see this February report in KGO, with references to empty bottles of alcohol, an unmade bed, and cannabis gummies) drew much attention and anger. As the Washington Post explains, Adachi had been a police watchdog, and the speculation was that someone in the department leaked the report as retaliation.
  • Carmody's role: He's a freelancer who does his own investigating and then sells his reports to local TV stations, as happened in this case. He says investigators asked him to reveal his source a few weeks ago, and he declined, cordially. Then came Friday morning, when about 10 officers started bashing in his front gate with a sledgehammer before Carmody woke and let them in. "It’s designed to intimidate," his lawyer, Thomas Burke, tells the LA Times. "It’s essentially the confiscation of a newsroom."
  • Police defend: In a statement over the weekend, the San Francisco Police Department defended the raid amid criticism that it was an infringing on a reporter's rights. "The citizens and leaders of the City of San Francisco have demanded a complete and thorough investigation into this leak, and this action represents a step in the process of investigating a potential case of obstruction of justice along with the illegal distribution of confidential police material," it said.
  • Still mum: “There’s only two people on this planet who know who leaked this report—me and the guy who leaked it,” Carmody tells the Post. In the meantime, the confiscation of his equipment essentially means he can't work, and he's launched a GoFundMe page to buy new gear.
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