SF police commission applauds chief after apology for journalist raid

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott is garnering some support amid criticism over the controversial raid on a journalist’s home and office.

Scott admitted on Friday, his department may have violated California’s shield law which protects journalists and their sources.

The police union has since called on Scott to resign while saying the chief is throwing his officers under the bus.

“For him to just throw his hands up and say, ‘I didn’t know anything, it wasn’t me, i had no idea this person was a journalist or tied to the media somehow,” said Police Association President, Tony Montoya.

As a counter, the police commission’s president and vice president defended Chief Scott through a statement on Sunday.

The release read in-part, “Chief Scott did what is rare for police chiefs: he apologized to the citizens of San Francisco. He did so completely and unequivocally. That is the mark of a leader.”

That sentiment has been echoed by NAACP Chapter President Amos Brown.

“Many times the police have always been right and they have not apologized, but he showed the humility and integrity and I think that should be applauded,” Brown said.

Brown says Chief Scott is the right leader for the department. He says the police union’s attacks are politically motivated and does not believe Scott will resign.

“The door was open for him to be this chief and they need to let him continue to do the great things that he’s already begun to do,” Brown said.

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