OAKLAND (KCBS)— 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.READ MORE: Videos, 911 Audio Released Of Fatal Fremont Police Shooting Of Attempted Homicide Suspect Kevin Johnston
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.
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“It does indicate that the OPD is serious about dealing with this particular misconduct. However, I wonder whether it would have been the same discipline if it wasn’t on a YouTube video that was shown around the world.
He worries this behavior shows a continued attitude of lawlessness among certain members of the force.
The city argues that Hargraves hid his name to protect himself and his family from future harassment by protesters.
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