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Intro: "Today 200-plus people were arrested before 1:00 p.m. in New York City for participating in peaceful, related to Occupy Wall Street, which has seen perhaps its most trying turn of events in the past week. Among those arrested was retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis (pictured above), who said, 'All the cops are just workers for the one percent, and they don't even realize they're being exploited.'"

Retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis, handcuffed, forced to sit on the ground, and arrested by New York City police, 11/17/11. (photo: Death and Taxes)
Retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis, handcuffed, forced to sit on the ground, and arrested by New York City police, 11/17/11. (photo: Death and Taxes)

Police Captain Joins Occupy Protest, Arrested

By Kevin Pinner, Death and Taxes

18 November 11

Occupy Wall Street: Take the Bull by the Horns

"As soon as I'm let out of jail, I'll be right back here and they'll have to arrest me again." - Ray Lewis
oday 200-plus people were arrested before 1:00 p.m. in New York City for participating in peaceful, non-violent protests related to Occupy Wall Street, which has seen perhaps its most trying turn of events in the past week. Among those arrested was retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis (pictured above), who said, "All the cops are just workers for the one percent, and they don't even realize they're being exploited."

Ray Lewis, who retired in 2004, has a lot of interesting things to say, and I want you to hear as much of it as possible.

“They complained about the park being dirty," he said over the OWS Livefeed last night. "Here they are worrying about dirty parks when people are starving to death, where people are freezing, where people are sleeping in subways and they're concerned about a dirty park. That's obnoxious, it's arrogant, it's ignorant, it's disgusting."

What does that say about NYPD's credibility? This guy did not run the police department of Anytown, USA - he ran the police department in Philadelphia, a city that can only be compared to a few other American cities in terms of size and scope, namely New York.

And that is where the heart of the protest has returned, after switching coasts and residing in Oakland, California for a moment. Not to detract from other occupations, but the mother of them all has returned to pivotal status.

Mayor Bloomberg has taken full responsibility for the NYPD's actions two days ago. Last night Keith Olberman called for Mayor Bloomberg to resign. What does that say about him, that on national television his resignation is being requested?

To give an idea why Olberman took it to this level, an Associated Press report issued less than an hour ago reports that protesters were "bloodied during the arrests" today.  Forget the question of legitimacy, the tactics are wrong.

Peaceful, verbal negotiation is systematically being rejected as a viable tactic in favor of physical aggression.

In another excerpt from a late night (circa 2 a.m.) interview done over OWS Livestream, Ray Lewis said the following about police tactics:

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.

He is referring to the eviction, during which protesters were maimed, their property destroyed, and for what? Cleanliness? That reasoning is an insult to 1st Amendment rights, Mayor Bloomberg.

Today marks two months of Occupy Wall Street, and the authorities have made their position clear. New York City is at fever pitch.

Inform yourself, talk to your friends and family, understand that popular movements in the United States are fundamentally American. "Every generation needs a new revolution." - Thomas Jefferson.

We skipped a couple generations, but this one has found its revolution in Occupy Everywhere. Next time you hear someone dismiss the Occupy movement as a bunch of hippies, remember Ray Lewis.

If you are thinking about donating to an occupation, organizers of Occupy Wall Street encourage you to donate to other chapters - as it were - since in Manhattan they have already received ample resources.

And for your viewing pleasure, the man himself, Ray Lewis: your social media marketing partner


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+158 # gentle 2011-11-18 15:28
Mayor Bloomberg, STOP THE DECEIT. The Homeland Security's lie that an OWS protester is a terrorist is patently not true at all. You, as a mayor, know this. That protester in front of you is a patriot not a Bin Plottin.
It's called R E S P E C T. Sorry, for your police mentality. I did not cause this problem. I am trying to correct the government's failure to stop an economic malaise. This environment has been created by corporate greed and a lacking social conscience of a group dedicated to becoming or remaining wealthy at any cost. Many good citizens of America are in great personal danger from the effects of these vicious conditions. At the very least please, let us practice our 1st amendment right without the fear mongering.
Ray Lewis understands OWS, he is my new hero.
+7 # Rita Walpole Ague 2011-11-19 09:54
Hero Ray, we cannot say
enought to thank you today.
If you're 'anarchist', then
allow me to kiss your anar.

Takes courage plus to boot the money grabbers out. Just ask a man/God named Jesus.
+176 # arachneabroad 2011-11-18 15:47
Retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis, handcuffed: This is what a real man looks like....a thinking member of a peaceful community of activists. Thanks Ray. Peace brother.
+113 # fredboy 2011-11-18 16:04
Thank you Capt. Lewis for sharing integrity and courage. Wish more Americans had the will and backbone to summon these qualities.
+57 # rom120 2011-11-18 16:36
In Libya and Syria the gorvernment has/is putting down demonstrations with live amunition and that is the only difference between them and the far.
+43 # John Locke 2011-11-18 19:01
Did you forget Kent State and Jackson State colleges (1970) they used live amunition on students that were also protesting peacefully! and this was right here in the USA

And if you think rubber bullets can't be lethel, think again...
+2 # opinionaire 2011-11-20 17:18
At Kent State, some of the victims of the shooting were not even protesters; they were walking across campus to their classes.
+5 # mrgrtmorris 2011-11-18 19:16
Viva la difference
+26 # KittatinyHawk 2011-11-18 19:48
We killed our own..Kent State
0 # Martintfre 2011-11-21 23:03
//In Libya and Syria the gorvernment has/is putting down demonstrations with live amunition and that is the only difference between them and the US.//

you must of been trained in government schools to spew something that shallow and false.
+77 # lcarrier 2011-11-18 16:41
The NYPD "white shirts" are the equivalent of Mussokini's "black shirts" and Hitler's "brown shirts." Bloomberg is the face of the new fascism. What a shame that a Jew would adopt the policies of those who tried to destroy Judaism.
+34 # John Locke 2011-11-18 19:05
Wall Street is the face of Fascism, remember JP Morgan attempted to overthrough the US Government in the 1930, the corporations then wanted a Fascist US Government, well they got it didn't they... read and learn
+3 # minkdumink 2011-11-19 20:09
the dollar is stronger than any religious belief.Thats the obvious observation of this whole thing isn't it?
''money dosent talk it swears,propagan da,all is phony''/Bob Dylan
0 # swissms 2011-11-22 04:01
He adopted the policies of imperialist capitalism. Doesn't matter whether you associate it with Germany or the British Empire or with the US of A. Those who are educated to know what the game is, know how to play it and know how to win at it. The populace has two choices. Continue to play the game, either as its victims or its winners, or change the game by changing the rules. I'd like to hope that we can accomplish this nonviolently. History unfortunately doesn't support this option.
+71 # AMLLLLL 2011-11-18 17:07
Bravo! The heroes emerging from this movement are as impressive as any in history, and hopefully spoken of to our grandkids.
+90 # winkle 2011-11-18 17:07
There are a lot of things to protest about. My son has been paying $500 a month on his student loans for 5 years and he still owes more now then the amount of his original loans. Student loan companies are predatory. He will be paying for the rest of his life. I support OWS.
+13 # KittatinyHawk 2011-11-18 19:52
Do you realize how many rich kids do not pay their back? do you know how many doctors, Lawyers, Politicians owe theirs?
Too many and that is why these kids are open season for predators. Student loans should be like FEMA Loans, fair. If you have a job after school then they should work with you.
Get the sleaze bags to pay up. They are like deadbeat child support abusers. Time to get the loans past due, paid up
+37 # michelle 2011-11-18 20:48
Debt slavery or the new indentured servitude facing the young grads is horrifying. Making the situation worse is no jobs for these young people forcing them into grad school and more loans. When you add a mortgage to equation nobody will escape this condition. Credit cards and home equity lines of credit create an individual who is beholden to the bankers for ever.

Something is terribly wrong in this culture, terribly wrong. I have quit spending any money on anything that is not essential for survival. I am using all the 'leftover' or 'saved' money to pay down my children's debt. Paid off their cars and I am working on the mortgage of one son. It is time to stop feeding the corporate beast. Time to think of our families as a corporate group.

I am sorry for your son's situation and hope you can help him get rid of the loan. Every dime we keep from the 1% makes the other 99% stronger. You would be surprised what you can eliminate from spending--start ing with the conspicuous consumption called Christmas.
+72 # DLT888 2011-11-18 17:11
If only ALL the cops were like Captain Ray Lewis, we would win back our country in an instant because that would mean that the criminals in the suits would all be handcuffed and taken off to where they belong. And I know on that the youths and others in NYC and LA and Oakland and everywhere else are organizing and brainstorming and listening to ideas from everyone in the gathering on just what kind of government we DO want which will eventually take the place of the current one. This will be a long haul since not all cops are at the growth and wisdom level of Captain Lewis at this time. But history has shown, it WILL happen once they all wake up.
+58 # BLBreck 2011-11-18 17:39
Thank you, Captain Lewis! The OWS movement is gaining heroes like you day by day. The day the Marines and other branches of the service joined us was a wonderful day, and I hope more police officers will realize they are working for the wrong side.
+11 # John Locke 2011-11-18 19:06
Those that can think!
-66 # Martintfre 2011-11-18 17:44
//"All the cops are just workers for the one percent, and they don't even realize they're being exploited."//


I work every week for a pay check and I want protected from gangs who think their existence grants then a right to take my property and my life from me.

That includes politicians who grant huge sums of our money to their corporate friends and
That includes the squatter/occupi ers who also have no right to my life/property.
+52 # in deo veritas 2011-11-18 18:41
The gangs ARE Wall Street. They are already taking your proprty. Ifd you can't see they are taking your life, you have already lost it.
+19 # reiverpacific 2011-11-18 18:56
Quoting Martintfre:
//"All the cops are just workers for the one percent, and they don't even realize they're being exploited."//


I work every week for a pay check and I want protected from gangs who think their existence grants then a right to take my property and my life from me.

That includes politicians who grant huge sums of our money to their corporate friends and
That includes the squatter/occupiers who also have no right to my life/property.

So what's your point.
I'm mixed up here -you have some pros and cons, so please elaborate (most respectfully). We have a good, rich, expressive language, why not use it to explain yourself more fully?!
+28 # John Locke 2011-11-18 19:09
Are you referring to the gangs that are on Wall Street and work at such places as Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan and Bank of America? because those are the real crooks here, or haven't you been reading about the unemployment and foreclosure epidemics...
-8 # Martintfre 2011-11-19 01:47
Best target - those who cashed the bail out checks .. Or those who wrote them?

Think about it.
+27 # michelle 2011-11-18 20:50
Some gangsters wear pin stripped suits and work in plush offices. Clearly their disguise has fooled you.
+9 # XXMD48 2011-11-18 22:30
Quoting Martintfre:
//"All the cops are just workers for the one percent, and they don't even realize they're being exploited."//


I work every week for a pay check and I want protected from gangs who think their existence grants then a right to take my property and my life from me.

That includes politicians who grant huge sums of our money to their corporate friends and
That includes the squatter/occupiers who also have no right to my life/property.

Martinfre you are wrong in many things. I would like to know how do you work (trained by Bernie Madoff or Wall Street)? If you still have your property and life, then you have to belong to the 1% or wanabee...
-9 # Martintfre 2011-11-19 01:46
How do I work .. I use my mind.

I know enough about Maddoff and Wall street to know that compared to the FED (Federal Reserve Bank) Bernie is not even small potatoes.

I also know that at least the greed of the 1% you appear to despise was either created or stolen -

The creators wealth is earned because We choose to vote for them with our dollars for their goods.

Recovering Stolen wealth is one of the few things government should be doing not participating in the theft of wealth like the bail outs.
+51 # tenayaca 2011-11-18 17:53
FINALLY!!! "NYPD STOP BEING MERCENARIES FOR WALL STREET" sign by a retired police captain!
FINALLY a policeman who understands that the POLICE are PART of the 99%! Can the POLICE UNIONS start educating their members to this??? "Cops are workers for the 1% and they don't even recognize it."
+14 # John Locke 2011-11-18 19:10
Thats an interesting point, maybe the unions have a job ahead of them to speak to their rank and file NYPD
+46 # Carolyn 2011-11-18 18:02
It does bring the tears to my eyes to see the spirit of this wonderful man and hear him speak from his knowledge and experience of being a policeman.
I wish he was the Mayor.
It is here for all the world to see, America -- a
"Police State", and the man who seems to the own the property known as New York -- Mr. Bloomberg.
+13 # John Locke 2011-11-18 19:11
Just call him Bloomy, no need to treat this sort with respect
+46 # Billbb 2011-11-18 18:07
I used to negotiate with arresting officers during protests at the SF Federal Building when thousands of people would show up to shut down the building over US intervention in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Negotiate as in convincing security forces that we were peaceful and they shouldn't break the arms of old women, etc., who were committing civil disobedience. Many times, as I walked the halls of the Fed Bldg, if there were no one else in a corridor to overhear, security officers would whisper to me: We are with you who are in the streets! Thank you for what you are doing!

Let's not think that all policemen are our enemies. They may for now be following orders but Captain Lewis is on the front lines of changing that. Policemen are part of the 99%.

And yes, he is what a real man looks like, just as the guy with the scruffy beard asking him a question in the vid is a real man standing up for the values and the promise of America.
+26 # Phlippinout 2011-11-18 18:07
Ray, thanks for mentioning the Oath keepers. I have a tendency to dislike police and forgot about oath keepers. I have high regard for them and am glad to hear them mentioned. God bless the oath keepers, they are the 99 percent too
+33 # Tired of the spin 2011-11-18 18:08
Good for him!! Let's hope there's more cops out there with that kind of courage. Most cops are good people but they put obediance to their superiors ahead of thinking for themselves and will do whatever they are told.
+11 # socrates2 2011-11-18 18:35
The courageous and candid spirit of General Smedley Butler, USMC lives! (Read up on it at
+20 # angelfish 2011-11-18 18:35
Bloomberg MUST go. He is too obtuse and self-centered to grasp the REAL meaning of, and reasons FOR, the Occupy Protest. If ONLY New York had a Police Official as compassionate and aware as Philadelphia's former Captain, Ray Lewis, New York's Finest might actually BE the Finest. This Bozo Kelly is too incompetent for the position he holds and appears to be vying for the title of "Adolf Hitler, Personified". They are perverting the Law. They are Bullying peaceful American citizens. THEY are the criminals, assaulting and arresting people without cause, confiscating and destroying private property, and demeaning the New York City Police Force in the Process! The People, UNITED, will NEVER be defeated! Remember, and return Sanity and Justice to New York City on Election Day 2012! Hey, NYPD. Occupy is on YOUR side!
+24 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2011-11-18 18:59
Ray, you are a true hero and should be HIGHLY COMMENDED for the stand you are taking for what's right. My deepest respects to you and the truly honest officers of the law. Your are worthy of the title, "THE BRAVE & THE BOLD!" May other learn from and follow your lead. God bless.
+27 # Addie Streeter 2011-11-18 19:22
I am so amazed that this man, having been in his position in Philadelphia, has the courage to join this movement and speak out. It's nearly a shock to even hear of such a man. He is really what Americans should be imitating. Bless him.
-27 # mrgrtmorris 2011-11-18 19:24
Give it a rest. I watched Aljazeera today. 40 people died in Syria. This is real oppression.

So they can't camp out in Zuccotti. BFD. They knew they had only temporary tenure from the start. And yeah, Tony Boloney's name will live in infamy along with whoever pepper sprayed the old lady. But where to go from here?

Disperse and organize.
+17 # vitobonespur 2011-11-18 22:20
One day at a time, Morris. One day at a time. Maybe they failed to read the book "How to Protest Against a Corrupt Politico/Corpor ate Complex." HEY WAIT! There IS no book that teaches that stuff. These protesters are doing their best and learning their chops the hard way. Don't beat them down. Be positive and give them encouragement. Or you are one of the 1%? If so, for shame and piss off!
+28 # jwb110 2011-11-18 19:28
The Mayor should be shown the same respect he has shown his fellow citizens.
Isn't it time to start collecting signatures for the recall of Mayor Bloomberg?
+17 # pernsey 2011-11-18 19:34
Sir, I salute you!
+29 # L mac 2011-11-18 19:38
Thank you Capt. Lewis. Definately a man who knows right from wrong. You have brought new inspiration for the Occupy Movement across the U.S.
+14 # KittatinyHawk 2011-11-18 20:09
Kelly, Bloombergs et al are threatening these officers to do this or else. However, there are many who get their ____on beating up on people.
Lot of these people are being told they will get bonuses, they will go up Political ladder, when in reality they will be laid off just like those who are on desk duty. Mentality preyed on, strings pulled.
I remember picture from the 60's of lovely girl who placed a flower in the end of a gun. I remember, which many here do not nor OWS..Kent State. Time we as Government Officials remember No One is a Winner in War. If you are threatening us in the USA, remember the next to come and fight, will not care about the USA. You will be on other side of those barricades if you continue on this Road. World is Watching, Warlords are ready to Pounce. Killing a Dictator is nothing, their Soldiers are still out there. You need us, You need us to save the USA. Your corporations won't save you. They will sell to the New Kids on the Block, they do now!

Turn your attitudes around, We aren't the Bad Guys. You are laying us wide open to Assault. Think of all those Countries with Nuclear Weapons who want a Piece of Us, how close many of them are. Time to rethink who the Enemy looks like the 1% are setting you all up like Ducks in a Pond.
+5 # gentle 2011-11-19 02:48
Kitt, I'll never forget that one horrible picture from the Kent State Massacre, May the fourth, nineteen hundred and seventy. It was a time when the lottery meant something quite different. The USA decided basically who lived and died by drawing birth dates from a jar. I got #326. Of course, the 1% got out of that with college deferments or something else. The principle of shared sacrifice has been lacking universal application in the USA for far too long.
OWS has to change America this time. As a forty year voter, I feel impotent. It's sad that Viagra cannot help with that feeling. I guess Bob Dole lied about that as well.
+20 # MainStreetMentor 2011-11-18 23:20
Bloomberg is but another bar of the Gilded Cage of Greed, right alongside the other cage bars named, Lloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon, Vikram Pandit, John Stumpf, John Mack, Edward LIddy and Kenneth Lewis. These are the real wrong doers – Bloomberg is merely in a position of authority to carry out the directives of the others – so he endures the citizens wrath, while the other ‘cage bars’ smile and sip their $1,000 bottles of expensive booze in the back seats of their chauffer driven vehicles while they think about and discuss the next conservative candidates their money will back. After all, they are the funders of the GOP = Greed Obsessed Party.
0 # swissms 2011-11-22 03:51
You can wring your hands at the powerful, or you can take the power away from them by changing the laws. Those enforcing the status quo need to know that we actually have a platform and that we are serious!
+4 # daveapostles 2011-11-19 02:41
He deserves a medal of honour.
+10 # seeuingoa 2011-11-19 02:47
Bloomberg´s assets increased in value with 4,5 billion Dollars in one year.

There is 2000 working hours in one year.

That means that his assets increased
with 2,2 million Dollars per hour.

Kick him out and give his job to an
unemployed without money who needs
a job and a salary.
+10 # Sweet Pea 2011-11-19 07:18
The wealthy have found that it is more profitable to build their factories, hire labor, pay taxes on income, and ship the product back to the U.S.A. The U.S. population then buys the product at inflated rates and lose their jobs.
+16 # stonecutter 2011-11-19 07:56
It's to be expected, but too many of these comments sound like angry high school rants based on pure emotion, little thought or reflection. Greed may not be good, but it is human; it has been with us since lizards crawled out of the oceans and will be with us until the sun doesn't shine.

One of the core pillars of the New Deal was the establishment of structural and legal regulation that would prevent rampant greed from dominating financial markets in the future. FDR understood the absolute need for strong checks on greed, because he understood greed's destructive power. If unchecked, it could (and did) suborn the plutarchy we're living under now, an economic atmosphere lethally toxic to the 99%.

Both atrophied parties are responsible and accountable for this degradation. Any thinking American knows this. We MUST: 1) Get obscene wealth out of politics. Gut Citizens United by passing new laws. Join . Re-elect Obama so he can take back SCOTUS in second term. 2) Elect Reps. committed to #1, and throw out ALL OTHERS! 3) Re-establish structural and legal regulation of Wall Street and Big Banks. Provide resources for enforcement. Stop revolving door appointments of Wall Street stooges to key regulatory posts. 4) CUT DEFENSE SPENDING by an order of magnitude unseen in many decades.

These can be valid OWS demands!
+6 # Bill Clements 2011-11-19 14:39
Greed, you may interested to know, is, from as Buddhist point of view, simply an extreme form of attachment which, in turn, is considered an impermanent "mental defilement" that can be completely eradicated. It is not endemic to the mind which, in it's pure state, is free of such "distortions" like attachment, anger, and ignorance.

Be that as it may, I completely agree with you that greed must be "regulated." Very few, relatively speaking, succeed at eradicating it.

The thing about desire/attachme nt is that there is no satiation point; it simply breeds more of the same.
+3 # boater1 2011-11-19 21:49
Thanks Captain.
+1 # Norma 2011-11-20 05:07
We Have The Power! Right can choose to not buy from Wal-Mart or any of the stores that sell stuff from other countries! Right now you can decide not to participate in what is now called Christmas. Right now you can start buying from local people only!
Same goes for buying pot from the mexicans...only buy from American growers!
0 # swissms 2011-11-22 03:45
Thank goodness Mr. Lewis is a lot more articulate than some of those young interviewers. You guys are embarrassing. Shut up if you can't formulate a coherent question. The whole world is watching (and listening). Thank you Mr. Lewis, for your clarity and for your willingness to go on record with your views.
0 # swissms 2011-11-22 03:48
Let's start a campaign to make HIM mayor.

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