Emotionally intense images of retired Philadelphia police captain Ray Lewis – who has joined the #OccupyWallStreet protests – being arrested by the NYPD.
Captain Lewis has been outspoken against the NYPD’s wrongful use of violence against peaceful protesters.
From what I have seen, Ray Lewis’ conduct defines honor, bravery, and dignity.
There is a media blackout on images of his participation in the protest, and on his arrest:
I couldn't find the photographers name to mention. This is quite an emotional set of photos, I am proud of this man for standing up for what he believes in such a pressing time in our countries history. Bravo!
When will the government realize that this situation is not going away, stop hiding from the truth, let's be honest.
An excellent post on all of the brutality we're seeing by police against peacefully protesting Americans. It's long past time for President Obama and other leaders that claim to support democracy to stand up and call for the police to stand down!
This is not acceptable behavior in any country much less one that claims to be a bastion of freedom. #occupy
On #Occupy, civil disobedience and the disproportionate use of force*
Last week I found myself quite upset about the arrest of journalists covering the protests in NYC and beyond. This weekend, video showing a UC Davis police officer spraying non-violent protesters with pepper spray cemented a deep and growing concern about the actions of law enforcement with respect to peaceful civil disobedience. If citizens do not follow orders to lawfully disperse or otherwise commit civil disobedience, they can expect arrest. To make those arrests with disproportionate violence, however, seems to me to violate the 4th Amendment. If the people who are sworn to protect our rights violate them, I perceive that there's an issue for our social compact.
Where isolated acts of disproportionate violence in one city might have simmered, now a nation connected with smartphones, YouTube and the Internet can see what others bear witness to where ever it occurs. http://witness.org has been hosting these stories for years. Over the last year, we've watched violence from across the Middle East filmed and shared on YouTube. Now we're seeing the impact of those connection technologies upon the understanding and awareness of civil unrest here in the United States.
That iconic photograph from Portland, Oregon and the video from this weekend are now focusing the eyes of millions upon a different issue than economic inequality, the financial meltdown or high unemployment: police brutality.
"Let's stipulate that there are legitimate questions of how to balance the rights of peaceful protest against other people's rights to go about their normal lives, and the rights of institutions to have some control over their property and public spaces. Without knowing the whole background, I'll even assume for purposes of argument that the UC Davis authorities had legitimate reason to clear protestors from an area of campus — and that if protestors wanted to stage a civil-disobedience resistance to that effort, they should have been prepared for the consequence of civil disobedience, which is arrest.
I can't see any legitimate basis for police action like what is shown here. Watch that first minute and think how we'd react if we saw it coming from some riot-control unit in China, or in Syria. The calm of the officer who walks up and in a leisurely way pepper-sprays unarmed and passive people right in the face? We'd think: this is what happens when authority is unaccountable and has lost any sense of human connection to a subject population. That's what I think here."
NYC Michael Bloomberg and the New York police department should be the ones that are thrown in jail after the disgraceful raid on the Occupy Wall Street protest this week.
Who exactly are the police supposed to be serving and protecting anyway? After recent actions they have become the corporate thugs and mercenaries of the 1%. The people have every right to gather peacefully and protest and as long as there is no violence, the police should just back off and let it happen. Just because the Fox talking heads and investment bankers and politicos don't like what people are saying, it doesn't give them the right to interfere.
They also have no business seizing and destroying personal property and materials like the People's Library that had been set up in Zuccotti Park. It's time for the police to look at where they fit into society. They are part of the 99% and they should be protecting us from Koch brothers and their ilk, not the other way around.
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