Police officers in San Francisco didn’t inform a judge that a person they sought a search warrant for was a reporter, based on information launched on Tuesday.
In May, Bryan Carmody was being investigated as police looked for the source of a leaked report in regards to the death of public defender Jeff Adachi. In a sworn affidavit submitted to a California Superior Court decision, a San Francisco police sergeant mentioned Carmody was “not at present employed by any of the news organizations that obtained the death investigation report.”
The sergeant is noted that Carmody’s LinkedIn account listed him as a “Freelance Videographer/ Communications Manager” for the USO’s Bay Area chapter. However, he omitted Carmody’s reporting credentials listed on the identical Web page. The San Francisco Police Department had additionally credentialed Carmody as a member of the press.
The sergeant testified last week that he didn’t know Carmody was a journalist, based on an ABC affiliate in San Francisco.
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Rochelle East granted the warrant to look and monitor Carmody’s cellphone, certainly one of a handful of warrants that have been issued within the case. East now states it never should have been given.
The police attack on Carmody’s home and office drew large condemnation, making the politically liberal San Francisco Bay area an unlikely flashpoint in the debate about press freedom. California’s shield law protects reporters from exposing their notes and confidential sources.