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Excerpt: "'The police are protectors of the one percent, but they do not feel secure in that role,' said Lewis. 'New hires on the force have their pensions cut to about 50 percent of what they used to be. Their health care is being taken away. The force is understaffed, so officers have double workloads. It used to be you'd have a job, then you'd patrol, then you'd have a job, then you'd patrol; now you just go from job to job to job. They are being run ragged.'"

Retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis was arrested during a peaceful Occupy Wall Street protest, 11/17/11. (photo: OWS)
Retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis was arrested during a peaceful Occupy Wall Street protest, 11/17/11. (photo: OWS)

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+12 # shjlaw 2011-11-24 12:09
I, too, appreciate the first-hand report as well as the objectivity of the writer. Isn't the symbolic point here that the police are a tangible metaphor for America generally? They are a merely a tool purposely used by the 1% to serve and protect their positions of power and authority. Like most of the rest of us, who in one way or another prop up the 1% with the work we do, the police are between a rock and a hard place. Even if they sympathize with the movement, they have families to support and a job that provides that means of support. It's a Catch 22, a Hobson's Choice for the police. I despise the use of force by police, but have great sympathy for the position they find themselves in. If only we could somehow persuade them, as a unified force, to recognize their paradox and to join the protester against the real enemy of justice and equality. Just my two cents. Peace
+5 # maddave 2011-11-24 13:56
Caveat:If you are not ready to think, skip this! There is nothing but here for you but greif.

"All wars are economic" is a concept taught in all U S Service Academies. The game-of-war comes down to money and armed troops are the pawns.

Communism - the scourge of the 20th Century is an economic system wherein all means of production are nationalized - where (representative s of) the people operate and manage both production and the distribution of profits. (Note: NO system involving wealth is free from human greed, theft, mismanagement and incompetence.).

Since 1917 leaders on both sides of the Communist-Capit alism schism mobilized armies (i,e,. police) and squandered, probably, half of the world's GDP in fighting (by proxy, of course) over possession of natural resources & markets for their goods. Oil & gold trump religion & patriotism.

Read "War is a Racket" by BGen Smedley Butler, USMC (Ret), Multiple Medals of Honor winer for police actions from the Philippines to the Capitol Mall as, he says, an enforcer of Corporate America'[s overseas interests. And so it is today when new-speak equates "God & Freedom" with "Oil & Gold!"

Note: We are currently spending $700 B/yr (in part) on a military that's protecting the interests of U S corporations operating overseas TAX FREE!
+5 # Towpathgal 2011-11-24 13:58
The old story: The true oppressors are perceived as untouchable and the anger and frustration are redirected to the person/thing that can be reached. Boss yells at man; man yells at wife; wife yells at kid; kid kicks dog. I think Norman Rockwell once did a cover on that theme. Protestors have to consider the source; police have to come to grips with the reality that the protestors are NOT the problem.
+7 # jon 2011-11-24 17:37
The Police have thinkers amongst them, certainly. And we can all hope that one day they will not take orders to shoot their fellow Americans.

But, the Rupert Murdoch media empire has been dividing and conquering us with fascist propaganda for so long, that I wonder if it is too late to get the 99% to act as one person.

If we could get a rock-solid Democratic majority in Congress, we might be able to reverse the Ronald Reagan destruction of the fairness in broadcasting act.

(Good-bye Fox News, Limbaugh, Hannity, and the rest of the Joseph Goebbels clones)

That would be a first step in creating a level playing field.
+1 # jwb110 2011-11-24 18:39
When a person, policemen or not, violates the 1st Amendment who is the one to make an arrest? Is a citizens arrest in order.

I guess I am wondering who "watches the watchmen"?.
+2 # Texan 4 Peace 2011-11-24 20:44
The real error here was scheduling the supposedly "open forum" in a room much too small to hold all those who wanted to participate. This is a way that administrators can claim they sought public input while in fact limiting public input. There's a similar event coming up at my university -- they've scheduled it for a room that holds about 40 people.
+1 # Paul Scott 2011-11-25 01:03
There are more tricks to putting down public protest than there are in creating bank derivatives.
+5 # mwd870 2011-11-25 07:43
I'm just glad people with leadership qualities like Ray Lewis are willing to become involved in the Occupy conversation.

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