When cops are immune from law enforcement Victim of a hit and run discovers the culprit is a police officer protected by ‘license plate anonymity’ State and federal law now make DMV records confidential, so the exemption is obsolete Why are we OK with a rule that allows a class of people to exempt themselves from traffic [any] laws?
Last year, I was the victim of a hit and run. On a sunny day in May, I walked out of a coffee shop to find a group of people crowded around the damaged side of my car. They told me the man who’d crashed into my Acura had sped away and flipped off a witness who tried to stop him. Another witness had scrawled his license plate number on a napkin. When I reported the accident to the Los Angeles Police Department I got an awful surprise. The man’s car was protected by “license plate anonymity” for off-duty police officers. This means that if any accident is reported against a police officer, the DMV will not provide any information. This program – first authorized in 1978 – has become so popular that the Legislature has expanded license plate anonymity to the personal cars of 23 groups of people, including city council members, park rangers, museum security officers, former officers, and the spouses and children of everyone on the list. <more at the link>