The raid at the home and office of stringer journalist Bryan Carmody on May 10 was prompted by a leaked police report which detailed the death of late San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi.
The information was reportedly sold to local news outlets hours after Adachi died on Feb. 22 from a heart attack. Scott said the search warrant came after city leaders demanded that the leak be investigated during a Board of Supervisors' hearing last month.
Chief Scott first made his apology during an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle and, later, in an interview with KPIX 5's Betty Yu.
"I'm sorry that this happened. I'm sorry to the people of San Francisco. I'm sorry to the mayor," he said in the interview. "We have to fix it. We know there were some concerns in that investigation and we know we have to fix it."