Calling Out The Police For Hiding Their Nameplates

The California Penal Code states that uniformed police officers must wear “a badge, nameplate, or other device which bears clearly…the identification number or name of the officer”. Feel free to remind the police of this when they forget:

Officer Hargraves of the Oakland Police Department is called out by a citizen journalist for covering his name tag with a strip of black electrical tape. Police lieutenant Hu removes the tape while the camera rolls.

The issue of “anonymous police” remains a serious problem. This is especially true for “riot police” who wear dark anonymous uniforms while firing rubber bullets, tear gas canisters and flash-bang grenades into the crowd.

49 Comments on "Calling Out The Police For Hiding Their Nameplates"

  1. Anonymous | Nov 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm |

    If they conducted themselves honorably they wouldn’t need to slink around and hide their identities.

  2. Anonymous | Nov 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm |

    If they conducted themselves honorably they wouldn’t need to slink around and hide their identities.

  3. If they conducted themselves honorably they wouldn’t need to slink around and hide their identities.

    • Of course, if they conducted themselves honorably they wouldn’t cops in the first place…

      • I have no love for police, but I do believe that alot of them are fighting for justice…. well I say alot but really they seem to be few and far between.

        Actually cops are just goons in uniform.

      • Redacted | Nov 5, 2011 at 5:16 am |

        I disagree with your statement, but I know what you mean.

        • Jin The Ninja | Nov 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm |

          exactly… there MUST be decent ones…but i’ve never met one (yet).

          although i HAVE met a circassian syrian (white skin, blue eyes, blond) (completely incidental, but illustrative of the rarity of ‘good’ cops),

          so i’d like to think my chances at meeting this mythological ‘unicorn’ are higher than normal.

  4. If cops aren’t allowed to hide their names and badge numbers (and they shouldn’t be able to) then clearly they’re not acting as police during the time they are doing so.

    Thusly, a cop trying to arrest you is actually just some idiot trying to assault and batter you and can legally be dealt with accordingly.

  5. If cops aren’t allowed to hide their names and badge numbers (and they shouldn’t be able to) then clearly they’re not acting as police during the time they are doing so.

    Thusly, a cop trying to arrest you is actually just some idiot trying to assault and batter you and can legally be dealt with accordingly.

    • Guestservices | Nov 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm |

      That’s right….how do we know it isn’t some yahoo dressed up like a police officer carrying weapons and going around beating people up for the hell of it.  How do I know he/she is a police officer…especially if they refuse to identify themselves.  I say anybody refusing to identify themselves wearing a ski mask should be shot.  Especially when they are coming at you with guns and weapons. 

    • Anarchy Pony | Nov 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm |

      HEAR HEAR! Or is it here here? I was never clear on that.

  6. Of course, if they conducted themselves honorably they wouldn’t cops in the first place…

  7. Nunzio X | Nov 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm |

    I applaud citizen journalists holding cops and other authorities accountable for their actions.

    Or misconduct, as the case may be.

  8. Nunzio X | Nov 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm |

    I applaud citizen journalists holding cops and other authorities accountable for their actions.

    Or misconduct, as the case may be.

  9. Mr Willow | Nov 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm |

    Electrical tape over a nameplate—to say nothing of faceless riot police—functions much the same way as an executioner’s hood. 

    In days of yore it was to hide their face from the shame of God. Today, it is to escape the shame and ridicule of society around them.

  10. Mr Willow | Nov 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm |

    Electrical tape over a nameplate—to say nothing of faceless riot police—functions much the same way as an executioner’s hood. 

    In days of yore it was to hide their face from the shame of God. Today, it is to escape the shame and ridicule of society around them.

    (It is also important to note it would also serve to stave off the physical harm one might incur via disgruntled relatives of those executed. But that sounds a legitimate reason for the police to cover their metaphorical faces and hide their identities, considering the despicable acts most of them commit.)

  11. Is there another video, cause this one no worky

  12. Is there another video, cause this one no worky

  13. Why would the user remove this video…

  14. Why would the user remove this video…

  15. We really have to get some offshore streaming vid sites with no content control…because YouTube is pretty much a corporate playground anymore. Its damned hard to keep controversial material uploaded anywhere inside the continental US. (Not that its much better anywhere else in the heavily industrialized world.)

  16. We really have to get some offshore streaming vid sites with no content control…because YouTube is pretty much a corporate playground anymore. Its damned hard to keep controversial material uploaded anywhere inside the continental US. (Not that its much better anywhere else in the heavily industrialized world.)

    • There’re some boffins working on a shadow dns system, even now.

      So dns table poisoning and governmental domain seizures can be made moot.

  17. Guestservices | Nov 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm |

    That’s right….how do we know it isn’t some yahoo dressed up like a police officer carrying weapons and going around beating people up for the hell of it.  How do I know he/she is a police officer…especially if they refuse to identify themselves.  I say anybody refusing to identify themselves wearing a ski mask should be shot.  Especially when they are coming at you with guns and weapons. 

  18. There’re some boffins working on a shadow dns system, even now.

    So dns table poisoning and governmental domain seizures can be made moot.

  19. This happened a lot in Toronto during G20. Our nametags here are velcro so they can conveniently fall off.

  20. This happened a lot in Toronto during G20. Our nametags here are velcro so they can conveniently fall off.

  21. This happened a lot in Toronto during G20. Our nametags here are velcro so they can conveniently fall off.

  22. This happened a lot in Toronto during G20. Our nametags here are velcro so they can conveniently fall off.

  23. Here is a copy of the video: http://howfreeami.com/2011/11/04/opd-officer-hiding-name-badge-with-tape-gets-corrected-by-lt/   and here:   http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-699359     If it goes down again, google this exactly: “OPD Police officer caught hiding name tag”  and you should get it.

  24. Here is a copy of the video: http://howfreeami.com/2011/11/04/opd-officer-hiding-name-badge-with-tape-gets-corrected-by-lt/   and here:   http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-699359     If it goes down again, google this exactly: “OPD Police officer caught hiding name tag”  and you should get it.

  25. they’re only doing this to blatantly piss people off enough to get violent so they can declare a police state… and if they dont get it violent and get it violent fast, they will make sure chaos ensues with some manmade natural disaster..  they will try anyway.

  26. Mamagriff50 | Nov 4, 2011 at 9:28 pm |

    You know he has something to hide. [or will have something to hide]. He looks surprised, like a kid with his hand in the cookie jar.

  27. they’re only doing this to blatantly piss people off enough to get violent so they can declare a police state… and if they dont get it violent and get it violent fast, they will make sure chaos ensues with some manmade natural disaster..  they will try anyway.

  28. Mamagriff50 | Nov 4, 2011 at 5:28 pm |

    You know he has something to hide. [or will have something to hide]. He looks surprised, like a kid with his hand in the cookie jar.

  29. Anonymous | Nov 5, 2011 at 12:29 am |

    I have no love for police, but I do believe that alot of them are fighting for justice…. well I say alot but really they seem to be few and far between.

    Actually cops are just goons in uniform.

  30. Since when do thugs wear identifying name tags?
    The whole idea behind police brutality is anonymous anarchy in the name of democracy.

  31. BuzzCoastin | Nov 4, 2011 at 10:56 pm |

    Since when do thugs wear identifying name tags?
    The whole idea behind police brutality is anonymous anarchy in the name of democracy.

    • Monkey See Monkey Do | Nov 5, 2011 at 3:12 am |

      I know its all semantics, and i agree with your sentiments. But True Anarchy is the ultimate peace. (Libertarian-Socialism to be exact)

  32. Monkey See Monkey Do | Nov 5, 2011 at 7:12 am |

    I know its all semantics, and i agree with your sentiments. But True Anarchy is the ultimate peace. (Libertarian-Socialism to be exact)

  33. Anonymous | Nov 5, 2011 at 9:16 am |

    I disagree with your statement, but I know what you mean.

  34. Anti-Citizen1 | Nov 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm |

    HEAR HEAR! Or is it here here? I was never clear on that.

  35. Anonymous | Nov 5, 2011 at 10:49 pm |

    exactly… there MUST be decent ones…but i’ve never met one (yet).

    although i HAVE met a circassian syrian (white skin, blue eyes, blond) (completely incidental, but illustrative of the rarity of ‘good’ cops),

    so i’d like to think my chances at meeting this mythological ‘unicorn’ are higher than normal.

  36. It’s a good way to stop crime in a country.

  37. It’s a good way to stop crime in a country.

  38. In Victoria, Australia, the police are allowed to take their name tags off if they think a situation is going to get rough.

    Queue 50 police without name tags going crazy punching people left, right, and centre

  39. In Victoria, Australia, the police are allowed to take their name tags off if they think a situation is going to get rough.

    Queue 50 police without name tags going crazy punching people left, right, and centre

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