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.

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  • Redacted

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

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

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

      • JaceD

        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

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

        • Jin The Ninja

          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.

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    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

      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

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

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    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.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

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

  • Nunzio X

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

    Or misconduct, as the case may be.

  • Nunzio X

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

    Or misconduct, as the case may be.

  • Mr Willow

    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.)

  • Mr Willow

    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.

  • BAM

    Is there another video, cause this one no worky

  • BAM

    Is there another video, cause this one no worky

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Timbo-Covington/1396410180 Timbo Covington

    Why would the user remove this video…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Timbo-Covington/1396410180 Timbo Covington

    Why would the user remove this video…

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    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.)

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

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

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

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    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.)

  • Guestservices

    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. 

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

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

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

  • Gergith

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

  • Gergith

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

  • Gergith

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

  • Gergith

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

  • Gergith

    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.

  • Gergith

    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.

  • anon438

    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.

  • Mamagriff50

    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.

  • anon438

    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.

  • Mamagriff50

    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.

  • hypnos
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    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.

  • BuzzCoastin

    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

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

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    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

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anti-Citizen1

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

  • Anonymous

    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.

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

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

  • lapzod

    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

  • lapzod

    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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