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Police to acknowledge press protections after disputed raid

The Associated Press

A year after journalist Bryan Carmody’s home was unlawfully raided by San Francisco Police Department in violation of California Shield Laws, he has received a $369,000 payout from the City of San Francisco. Through the efforts of the Keker legal team, the City has agreed to bolster their efforts to protect the rights of journalists – a mission critical development for protecting the free press.

In speaking with the Associated Press, Ben Berkowitz comments on the settlement: “The city’s agreement to these terms means that all law enforcement employees are to be properly trained on California’s Shield Law and the procedures necessary to protect the rights of a free press to report on government actions without fear of unconstitutional surveillance or interference.”

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