We are friends and supporters of Bryan Carmody, an independent journalist who has covered news in Northern California for nearly three decades. Over the last three decades, Bryan's content has been aired on every national news network, cable news outlet, and nearly every local T.V. station in America. On May 10, 2019, San Francisco police and the FBI broke down his front gate with a sledgehammer, and raided his home and newsroom office. Bryan was handcuffed the entire time - nearly 7 hours - while police executed their search warrant.
The purported purpose of the raid was to seek the identity of a source, or sources, that provided Bryan with information that was used in reporting by Bryan's clients. Bryan has refused to give up his source, and will continue to keep his source confidential. His reporting is protected by the First Amendment.
During the raid, the authorities confiscated every electronic device that Bryan owns; every computer, tablet and cell phone at his home and business, as well as business documents. By confiscating the equipment and documents, SFPD has hampered Bryan's ability to exercise his constitutionally protected right to report the news, and threatened his ability to earn a living.
We’re asking for $10,000 to replace equipment that was taken during the raid, help Bryan get his business up and running again, and prepare for his legal defense.
Bryan is grateful for everyone who has come out in support of his First Amendment rights.