SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department reportedly raided the home of a journalist on Friday, May 10 after a detailed police report on the death of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi was leaked to several media outlets. Officers seized Bryan Carmody’s computers, cellphones, and other electronic devices from his home.
Carmody’s home and office were raided by authorities and the FBI because he obtained a copy of the report and sold information from that report to the press. The leak prompted members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to contact the SFPD to investigate and hold accountable the source of the leak within the department.
Carmody has been open with his posts on Twitter about the incident.
“My home and business were raided by the SFPD and the FBI today,” said Carmody in a tweet on Friday. “This is part of a campaign to make me divulge a confidential source. I will not.”
“Today’s actions are one step in the process of investigating a potential case of obstruction of justice along with the illegal distribution of a confidential police report,” said the San Francisco Police Department in a statement.
A GoFundMe page in support of Carmody was created after the report of the raid reached the public. The page called “Journalist Raided By Police Support 1st Amendment,” noted that the police broke down the door with a sledgehammer and handcuffed Carmody for nearly seven hours as they searched his home. The page is hoping to raise $10,000 to replace the equipment that was taken from his home and business during the raid.