First Amendment Coalition Sues San Francisco Over Raid On Reporter

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August 20, 2019 - 2:22 pm

In this August 13, 2019 photo, freelance journalist Bryan Carmody is seen at a panel event held by the Society of Professional Journalists in San Francisco. A nonprofit is suing San Francisco Mayor London Breed and city police after failing to get access to records about a controversial police raid on Carmody. The First Amendment Coalition is seeking to know who within the police department authorized officers to search the home, office and phones of freelance journalist Bryan Carmody. Its lawsuit filed Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, also seeks to understand the role elected leaders played in a raid that alarmed journalism advocates. (AP Photo/Juliet Williams)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A nonprofit open government group is suing San Francisco Mayor London Breed and city police after failing to get access to records about a police raid on a freelance journalist.

The First Amendment Coalition wants to find out if the police department authorized officers to search the home, office and phones of journalist Bryan Carmody.

Its lawsuit filed Tuesday also seeks to learn what role elected leaders played in the raid that alarmed journalism advocates.

Police were investigating a leaked police report on May 10 when officers armed with a sledgehammer and pickaxe raided Carmody's home and office.

The coalition filed public records requests seeking details about the raid, but the department and mayor's office delayed or refused to respond.

City attorney's office spokesman John Cote did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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