Here are some police arresting a reporter in Ferguson, Mo.
Notice anything missing? That’s right, they took off their badges and name tags that had their ID numbers on them.
This is not an isolated incident. When Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post were arrested last week for failing to leave a McDonald’s quickly enough, no badges or name tags were visible on the officers who arrested them. Additionally, they were denied that information even though they repeatedly asked for it.
This way the police can act with near impunity and have zero accountability to the people they purportedly protect. The fact that these men are claiming the powers of the police without a shred of the accountability we demand of those in power is terrifying.
White reporters have gotten just a taste of what that is like. Imagine how the black residents who live there — far away from the glare of the cameras — feel, day after day.
The story of the journalist pictured, Ansgar Graw of Germany, can be found here. When he asked an older police officer to give him his name because he was in charge, the officer responded with, “My name is Donald Duck.”