Controversy as Calif. chief orders PIO to reporter's house

Wanted to dispute 'apology' attributed to him in story published previous evening

By Henry K. Lee
The San Francisco Chronicle

BERKELEY, Calif. — The Berkeley police chief's decision to send an officer to a reporter's home after midnight Thursday met with more criticism Sunday, with the city's rank-and-file officers saying they were "gravely concerned" about his actions.

Chief Michael Meehan has apologized for ordering the department's public information officer to go to the Berkeley home of Bay Area News Group reporter Doug Oakley at 12:45 a.m. Friday after efforts to reach the journalist by phone and e-mail failed.

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