Occupy Oakland: Hidden Badge Nets Oakland Cops Suspension, Demotion


After being captured on tape by an "Occupy" videographer, one Oakland police officer has been suspended, and his supervisor demoted for covering his name badge with black tape during a raid on Occupy Oakland protesters in November.


An Oakland police officer has been suspended and his supervisor demoted after the officer covered up his name badge with black tape during a November 2nd Occupy Oakland protest.

Officer John Hargraves was hit with a 30-day suspension. His supervisor, Lt. Clifford Wong, was demoted for failing to properly report the incident that was caught on a video that was posted online.

In the video, a man can be heard posing a question to one of the officers, asking whether or not it’s against policy for officers to hide their name badges.

Attorney Jim Channon has asked a federal judge to slap additional sanctions on the officers, saying obscuring the name badge not only violates state law, but various reforms agreed to after the notorious “Riders” case.

Without the excellent video coverage being provided by various livestreamers within the occupy movement, as well as individuals with their ever-ready cell phone cameras, these steps likely would never have happened. Keep those cameras rolling.


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