SF Police union calls for Chief Scott to resign after raid on journalist's home

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Sunday, May 26, 2019
SF police union calls for Chief Scott to step down in explosive statement
"Pathetic, deceitful and shameful display of self-preservation." The San Francisco Police Officers Association is calling for Chief William Scott to go in an explosive new statement.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The San Francisco Police Officer's Association is calling SFPD Chief William Scott to resign, a day after Scott apologized for the raid of journalist Bryan Carmody's home.

We're asking the chief to resign, if he doesn't resign, we ask that he be fired," said SF Police Officer's Association President Tony Montoya.

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Montoya said it's time for Police Chief William Scott to go, following the police raid.

The Chief spoke with the I-Team's Dan Noyes on Friday.

Chief: We do, I owe an apology.

Noyes: To whom?

Chief: To people of San Francisco.

Noyes: How about to Bryan Carmody?

Chief: 'To Bryan Carmody as well."

Noyes: Why?

Chief: We made some mistakes.

"I believe the apology was hypocritical, just a few days ago he was supporting what my members and his officers did," said Montoya.

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Two weeks ago, officers served a search warrant on freelance journalist Bryan Carmody's home and office to find out who leaked a police report into the sudden death of former Public Defender, Jeff Adachi.

68 items were seized, including cameras, computers cell phones and notes.

"Well, we made some mistakes, we had some concerns, there were concerns with language in particularly one of the warrants," said Chief Scott.

Scott said the warrant did not identify Carmody as a journalist but as a freelance videographer and communications director. Journalists are protected under state and federal law.

The SFPD provided ABC7 News with a statement:

"Chief Scott has made it abundantly clear that transparency and accountability are paramount in this criminal investigation. That is why SFPD is seeking an independent, impartial third-party to take over the original criminal case."

But the union says Chief Scott needs to accept the consequences of his actions.

"San Francisco deserves strong leadership and an honest broker as chief. The chief can't fill that roll anymore," said Montoya.

Full statement from the San Francisco Police Officers Association:

It is time for Chief Scott to go. There's no other way around it.

The truest test of any person's character is to watch their words and actions when times are tough, when the chips are down. It is during a crisis, whether real or self-made, that one's character, values, and personal accountability are on full display.

Yesterday, SFPD Chief William Scott showed everyone in the SFPD, and all San Franciscans, what his character consists of and it was a pathetic, deceitful and shameful display of self-preservation, finger pointing, and political kowtowing. We all deserve better.

The investigation into whomever disseminated the initial Adachi police report is a righteous one and whomever is responsible should be held accountable.

What we know is that Chief Scott ordered that investigation. Chief Scott not only followed every twist and turn of the investigation but he knew every element of the investigation, directed the investigation and has clearly either come down with the most debilitating case of amnesia or is flat out not telling the truth about his direct involvement and the horribly flawed direction he gave to find the leak of the police report.

In either case, it is time for Chief Scott to go.

Some simple facts about this case:

  • This was a Chief's level investigation and was initiated by the Chief.
  • The Chief was actively involved in directing the investigation, and was extensively briefed. He was entirely in the loop. Period.
  • The Chief knew of Carmody's press status.
  • The Chief's office issues press credentials and Carmody had one.
  • The Chief did not disclose to the author of the search warrant about Mr. Carmody's press status. Had he done so, the Sergeant who wrote the search warrant would have followed protocols. The Sergeant was deceived by the Chief.

A true leader accepts responsibility. Chief Scott oversaw and ordered the investigation and raid of a journalist's home, and then when the optics did not go his way, he threw the men and women who carried out his orders under a double-decker bus. His apology to the media was clearly meant for him to save face as opposed to accept responsibility for his own actions. Shameful.

President Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that read "The Buck Stops Here." Chief Scott has passed the buck so far he would make Joe Montana jealous. For Chief Scott, the buck is really .25 and stops anyplace but his desk. His finger pointing, diversion, and lack of accepting personal responsibility for his actions must have had Truman rolling over in his grave. And his behavior should concern every member of the police department and all San Franciscans who deserve to have an honest broker as our chief.

Remember, Chief Scott was for the search warrant of the journalist's home before he was against it. He defended the search warrant in a trial balloon press release just days ago and when that balloon exploded he flip-flopped to being opposed to the search warrant. Not quite a profile in courage.

Chief Scott's request for an outside agency to investigate the investigation is mind-boggling. It is a diversion to take our eyes away from his culpability. We believe there should be an investigation of Chief Scott and that he should be afforded the same courtesy his rank and file are provided. He should be immediately placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. During that time, he should muster up the personal fortitude to do the right thing and resign.

Remember, the truest test of character is not whether or not one makes a mistake. We all make mistakes. It is what you do after you make a mistake. Do you take responsibility? Do you apologize and make amends? Do you vow not to repeat the mistake? And do you accept the appropriate consequences for the mistake? Chief Scott has failed the character test. It is time for him to go.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.