Reporting from San Francisco -- Two officers involved in Occupy protests have been punished by the Oakland Police Department for violating official policy, after an onlooker's video showed one of them with dark tape obscuring his nameplate, according to court documents.
After an expedited internal affairs investigation into the actions of Officer John Hargraves and Lieutenant Clifford Wong, interim Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan "immediately moved to implement what, in my judgment as chief of police, was appropriate personnel action," Jordan said in a recent written declaration.
Jordan did not disclose the punishment "on advice of my legal counsel," he said in the declaration.
Attorneys in a more than decadelong legal case against Oakland and its Police Department took Hargraves and Wong to federal court in connection with their actions during a daylong general strike called by Occupy Oakland in early November.
The two officers were among a small uniformed group outside police headquarters approached by videographer Terrence Jerod Williams, who said he was concerned that one of the officers had hidden his name "to prevent citizens from identifying him in the event he engaged in acts of misconduct," Williams said in a declaration.