San Francisco mayor London Breed speaks to reporters after meeting with first responders during an emergency preparedness meeting on July 12, 2018 in San Francisco.

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Mayor Breed Changes Her View On Raid Of Journalist's Home

The district attorney also adds criticism of police

Margie Shafer
May 20, 2019 - 2:23 pm

The debate over a police raid of a San Francisco freelance journalist's home in the wake of a leaked police report has taken some new political twists. 

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has shifted her stance about the police department's search of Bryan Carmody's files, computer and other property to find out how he obtained a report detailing the death of the city's public defender, Jeff Adachi. District Attorney George Gascon weighed in Monday with comments that put him at odds with the police, a department he formerly led. 

The sealed police report that Carmody obtained and sold to three Bay Area television stations revealed that Adachi used cocaine, marijuana and alcohol while with a woman who was not his wife on the day he died. 

During the search of Carmody's home, police drew their guns, used a sledgehammer on his door and confiscated files and electronic devices. Breed has backpedaled on her initial support of the search.

"The more we learn, the less appropriate it looks to me," Breed tweeted Sunday, one of several messages about the case. 

Earlier, Breed had agreed with the judges' decisions to issue the search warrants. 

"Our role is to follow the law, and the judges ultimately make the decisions," said Breed. "They made the decision. And so at this point, you know, I support their decision."

Gascon, meanwhile, has criticized the police for not consulting his office before applying to get the warrants. 

"My office has not seen the warrant or the facts upon which it was based, but absent a showing that a journalist broke the law to obtain the information that police are looking for, I can't imagine a situation in which a search warrant would be appropriate," said Gascon, who was the city's police chief and is married to a journalist. 

If the Carmody raid uncovers a crime, his office would be tasked with prosecuting the case. 

Carmody has refused to identify his source. California's Shield Law protects journalists from being compelled to divulge such information.