2 officers disciplined for Occupy Oakland actions

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Posted: Jan 12, 2012 8:38 AM
2 officers disciplined for Occupy Oakland actions

Two Oakland police officers have been disciplined for violating policy during Occupy protests.

One of the officers covered his nameplate with black tape and the other removed the tape with a videographer questioned him about it.

The Los Angeles Times ( http://lat.ms/AwewTg) reports officer John Hargraves and Lt. Clifford Wong were punished after a police internal affairs investigation. The lieutenant failed to report Hargraves' conduct.

State law and Oakland policy require uniformed officers to wear a badge or nameplate.

Interim police Chief Howard Jordan won't disclose details about the punishment.

The officers were outside police headquarters when they were approached by a videographer during a November demonstration by Occupy Oakland demonstrations.

The cameraman complained to Wong that Hargraves covered his nameplate. The lieutenant then stripped off the tape.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com