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Notice anything odd about this police officer? He caught my attention because he had covered up his identifying numbers with what appeared to be black tape. As you can clearly see they are not visible. When I asked him why I was repeatedly met with a stony silence.
After Ian Tomlinson was attacked by a riot officer pulling a similar trick, this practice became a big source of controversy. Paul Stephenson promised to come down hard on officers who obscured their ID badges. Kit Malthouse, the deputy mayor in charge of policing reassured us that “the public have the right to be able to identify any uniformed police officer and so badges should be worn at all times”.
This is absolutely how it should be. If the police are going to be handed batons and riot shields, and offered the unique privelege of being able to shove and hit other people in the street, then there should at the very least be a means of holding them accountable. That a police officer should behave like this, and feel confident doing so in front of so many fellow officers, indicates clearly their attitudes towards civil rights.
So I ask commissioner Stephenson, what are you going to do about this?