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)