Virginia State Police instruct troopers not to cover name tags

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia State Police have been instructed not to cover their name tags. This comes after some troopers violated policy by putting black tape over their tags during a pro-Confederate protest in Richmond last month.

In an Oct. 3 letter to the Virginia American Civil Liberties Union, Col. W. Steven Flaherty — the state police superintendent — said 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 protest and counter-protest prompted questions on social media.

The ACLU sent a letter to Flaherty saying that officials performing their duties in public should be readily identifiable by members of the public.