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Emails: Berkeley chief consumed with miscue involving reporter

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

imageMore details have emerged related to Berkeley police chief Michael Meehan’s ordering one of his cops to an Oakland Tribune reporter’s house after midnight March 8 to complain about a story he didn’t like. Emails obtained by the Contra Costa Times show the chief emailed the Daily Californian and Berkeley Patch seeking to “clarify” remarks attributed to him at a community meeting that night.

Add: Meehan spent much of the following weekend dealing with media questions about the highly-unusual visit to the reporter’s house, for which he has been roundly criticized. And he was even in touch with two public relations firms. An excerpt:

In an email Tuesday, Meehan said no firms were hired. "No money has been spent on PR related to this issue," he wrote. He did not say why he contacted the firms.

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