Vir­ginia State Po­lice told to en­sure name tags not cov­ered

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

Vir­ginia State Po­lice have been in­structed not to cover their name tags af­ter some troop­ers vi­o­lated pol­icy by putting black tape over their tags dur­ing a pro-Con­fed­er­ate rally in Rich­mond last month.

State po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent Col. W. Steven Fla­herty said in an Oct. 3 let­ter to the Vir­ginia Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union that in­ten­tion­ally cover­ing name tags is against depart­ment pol­icy. He said “ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion” has been taken and su­per­vi­sors have been told to en­sure name tags are not cov­ered again.

A photo of a trooper with his name tag cov­ered dur­ing the Sept. 16 rally, which in­cluded coun­ter­protesters, prompted ques­tions on so­cial me­dia.

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