A retired Philadelphia police captain has donned his old uniform and come out in full support of Occupy Wall Street activists, harshly criticizing the NYPD for its aggressive crackdown early Tuesday morning, which included the arrest of ten journalists.
Holding a sign stating “NYPD Don’t Be Wall Street Mercenaries,” Ray Lewis was interviewed in the above video, saying police should have negotiated with activists instead of bullrushing them as they did.
The New York Observer confirmed he retired in 2004.
“You should, by law, only use force to protect someone’s life or to protect them from being bodily injured OK? 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,” Mr Lewis said. “This bullrush–what happened last night is totally uncalled for when they did not use negotiation long enough.”
“They complained about the park being dirty. 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,” Mr. Lewis said.
Lewis also believes there is a division among rank-and-file police officers and their commanding officers regarding views about the movement.
“I’m their worst enemy, especially with the white shirts, the bosses OK? Some of the fellow cops they might be thinking, you know, ‘That guy, he’s got a point,’ but the bosses, i’m their number one enemy,” Mr. Lewis said.