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Berkeley hires law firm for probe of police chief
Berkeley hires law firm to conduct probe of police chief who sent officer to reporter's home
By The Associated Press

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) ' Berkeley officials have hired a law firm to investigate an order by the city's police chief that sent an officer to a reporter's home after midnight to request changes in a story.

Interim City Manager Christine Daniel said Friday that the firm of Rennie Sloan Holtzman Sakay will conduct an independent probe of the order issued by Chief Michael Meehan on March 9.

The announcement comes after the union representing the city's police officers demanded an outside probe, saying Meehan should be held to the same standards as officers.

Since the incident, Meehan has publicly apologized for sending a police spokeswoman to a Bay Area News Group reporter's home.

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