Retired Philadelphia Police Captain, Raymond Lewis was arrested today by NYPD officers for taking part in OWS.
Lewis, who has cut a figure at OWS in his police uniform, has criticized NYPD’s behavior towards the protesters as “disgusting” and “totally uncalled for”. He has also asked NY cops to stop being “Wall Street Mercenaries”, and to go watch the film Inside Job.
“All the cops are, they’re just workers for the one percent and they don’t even realize they’re being exploited”.
Lewis has also stated police negotiation would have been a better response to the tactics employed by the NYPD:
“You should, by law, only use force to protect someone’s life or to protect them from being bodily injured. If you’re not protecting somebody’s life or protecting them from bodily injury, there’s no need to use force. And the number one thing that they always have in their favor that they seldom use is negotiation–continue to talk, and talk and talk to people. You have nothing to lose by that. This bullrush–what happened last night is totally uncalled for when they did not use negotiation long enough.”
I don’t know who this Retired Captain Lewis is, but by his presence at OWS and his arrest, he has set an example for other police men and women to follow.
Above photograph of Captain Leiws taken by Adam Gabbatt
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