Federal LEOs must wear IDs at protests under new policy

A bill passed by the Senate’s veto override last week includes new guidelines for federal officers

By Suzie Ziegler 

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s bipartisan vote last week to override President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act included a new policy for federal officers. According to The Hill, federal law enforcement are no longer allowed to remain anonymous at protests. 

Section 1064 of the bill specifies that “whenever a member of […] federal law enforcement personnel provide support to Federal authorities to respond to a civil disturbance, each individual […] shall visibly display (1) the individual's name or other individual identifier that is unique to that individual; and (2) the name of the armed force, Federal entity, or other organization by which such individual is employed.” 

The bill includes an exception for officers working undercover and any employee who wouldn’t normally wear a uniform as part of their official duties. 

The move comes after complaints of federal officers working anonymously at George Floyd protests last year.

Read the full bill here.

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