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Jan 31 2012

Oakland Cop Reprimanded by Judge

Officer John Hargraves suspended for hiding his nameplate for OWS protestors.

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson has handed down a scathing opinion to Officer Hargraves and his Lt, Clifford Wong, for Hargraves act of taping over his nameplate during interactions with Occupy Oakland on November 2nd of last year.

At the time, Lt. Wong noticed the obscured nameplate and removed the tape but failed to report Officer Hargraves for the violation of police policy. The department then suspended Hargraves for 30 days but allowed him to remain on duty pending an appeal. That appeal did not go well.

Mr. Hargraves argued that he hid his name out of a fear for the safety of himself and his family after someone posted identifying information and, reportedly, a call for violence.

Justice Henderson ruled that police face the threat of violence daily and the threat was no excuse to violate policy.

“If safety were considered a legitimate basis for violating laws and policies, there would, in essence, be no laws or policies governing police conduct.” – Judge Thelton Henderson.

Another case of Cops behaving badly.

(Source: San Francisco Chronicle)

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  1. 1
    Aliasalpha

    It may be just another case of cops behaving badly but it seems like an all too rare time when cops are actually punished for behaving badly

  2. 2
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    This. Of all things to nail these asshats on, it’s covering up a nameplate.

    1. 2.1
      Aliasalpha

      well they had to get al capone on tax evasion, maybe this was the most dirt they could dig up that wasn’t well hidden by his corrupt mates

  3. 3
    P Smith

    Pigs deserve tougher sentences for crimes they commit than civilians who commit the same crime. If pigs want tougher sentencing for criminals to “protect themselves”, then they must face tougher sentences to be consistent. Anything else is hypocrisy and cowardice.

    1. 3.1
      Crissa

      Hear, hear. We should hold them to a higher standard for intentional or avoidable behavior instead of a lower one.

  4. 4
    Francisco Bacopa

    There were a few cases of duct tape over name badges at the #D12 Houston Old Gates shutdown, which made the news because the police brought out the mysterious red tents to isolate the blocking crews.

    AFAIK, there has been no action taken against these persons even though we have discovered their identities and issued a complaint.

    OTOH, HPD has mostly been way cooler than OPD. No bombs or gas here and things are mostly friendly.

    Is Oakland just throwing a bone?

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