Attorney Thomas Burke, right, answers questions about his client Bryan Carmody, a freelance journalist whose home and office were raided by San Francisco police.

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Victory For SF Journalist Raided By Police

Matt Bigler
July 19, 2019 - 8:23 am

SAN FRANCISCO —San Francisco police will not be able to use some of the evidence obtained in a controversial raid on a freelance journalist's home.

Superior Court Judge Rochelle East on Thursday tossed out the warrant used to search Bryan Carmody's phone. Carmody's attorney suggested that East hadn't been informed by authorities that Carmody was a journalist with a press pass issued by the San Francisco Police Department.

The raid in which cops used a sledgehammer to enter Carmody's home has sparked international outrage from free press advocates, including author and activist Magick Altman.

"Taking a sledge hammer to the door of a journalist is shocking and chilling especially since the source of the leak is within the police department itself," said Altman.

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The investigation was launched after a police report on the death of public defender Jeff Adachi, a frequent police critic, was leaked to the media.

The quashing of the phone warrant bars investigators from using any evidence obtained by that order, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco police officials declined to comment on this latest development. Initially, Police Chief William Scott said his department conducted the search in accordance with all legal matters without violation of the state's "shield law" which protects journalists. But he has since said he has concerns about a lack of due diligence by department investigators.