Police Chief Defends Cops' Search for Son's iPhone

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Thu, 24 May 2012 11:08:03 -0800

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Berkeley's police chief is defending using 10 officers -some on overtime - to search for his teenage son's stolen iPhone.
Chief Michael Meehan said Wednesday there was no preferential treatment when the officers, including three detectives and a sergeant, went searching for his son's phone apparently stolen from a school locker in January.
Meehan says field supervisors decide how many officers to put on a case and he's confident that the search for the phone that had a tracking device and took officers into neighboring Oakland was properly handled.
Meehan was scrutinized in March for ordering a sergeant to a reporter's home to ask for changes to an online story about a community meeting criticizing the alleged slow police response to an elderly man's beating death.
Meehan apologized.
 
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