We ask an OPD officer why he had his name badge covered

I imagine it does not often end this way.

This how to properly engage with police when they do suspicious things. We were riding by on bikes and noticed hes hiding his name and has no badge number. SO we decided to ask him. He did not answer, we asked a ranking officer is that policy? The LT. quickly went about fixing his attitude. This is a common practice among cops at occupy's around the US .That way he/she cannot be named or referenced if he participates in police miss-conduct. Its in most police departments policies that all officers in uniform must show some form of identification. OPD does not wear badges with #'s, how do we hold anyone accountable?

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7 Responses:

  1. NotTheBuddha says:

    There's an honest cop in a leadership position! Who slipped up?

  2. Elusis says:

    TERRORIST FIST BUMP

  3. Andreas says:

    Your imagination would be correct. Some more realistic encounters could be observed at @OakFoSho's live feed on Wednesday. No superior officers in sight, no response to questions "why are you taping over your name tag?" and "why are you not following policy?" (unless standing around looking like Combine soldiers counts as a reaction).

  4. Alex B says:

    How sad is it that my first reaction is to be happily surprised by the actions of the superior officer? It just shows low my expectations of the police have fallen. Honestly I'm vaguely surprised that the folks with the camera weren't just arrested for some ridiculous reason.

  5. This reminds me of when I was pulled over for Not Driving While Black while in my parked car in front of my apartment building having a public radio "driveway moment." When the officer insisted I show him my identification, I refused and demanded he give me his badge number. Instead, he got back in his cruiser and drove away.

    • Ian says:

      How can you be pulled over when you were parked?

      Sorry, I'll get my coat (with no identifying markings, obviously...)

    • I didn't realize they had expanded "Driving While Black" to "Sitting in a Parked Car While Black". That's pretty awful.