Occupy Wall St.: Retired Philly Police Captain shows up in uniform in solidarity at Zuccotti
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Occupy Wall St.: Retired Philly Police Captain shows up in uniform in solidarity at Zuccotti

New York City : NY : USA | Nov 15, 2011 at 11:21 PM PST
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OCCUPY: Philadelphia, PA

Captain Ray Lewis, a retired Philadelphia police officer has appeared at Zuccotti Park to show his solidarity with the protesters, and the Occupy Wall Street movement a day after police rousted and evicted the two-month old encampment. Upon his arrival in full police chief uniform, the officer quickly drew the attention of some of New York's finest, who approached him to see what he was all about.

He was almost arrested on the spot for becoming "confrontational." See pic:http://twitpic.com/7f5lrv

The officer, now a retired gentleman farmer, spoke to his choice to retire and live a more simple lifestyle. "Souless people should not be in power." he says to the livestream commentators. Anticipating his imminent arrest the former police chief expected he might be charged with impersonating a police officer, as he no longer worked for the Force. However he pointed out that he hadn't excercised any attempt to behave like an officer, such as tell anyone what to do, so he should be OK.

"I mean I'm following you!" he joked, "You guys are the heroes!"

When asked if he had a Facebook page the dapper chief responded;

"Believe it or not, I'm not looking for any notoriety! I just want a quiet life, but this was too important not to show up for."

Police officers suddenly appear behind the tall imposing chief in full dress regalia. They asked a protester to get up - no sleeping in the park was the order.

The livestream commentators give the officer their lawyer's number - he doesn't have one he says. They talk about what route he should take to get the subway back to where he is staying. He is a retired Captain, he tells them.

"The cops don't know what to do with me...I mean can you imagine how bad it will look - the photos of them arresting a Police Captain?" the unknown ex-copper laughs. "Google the 'Inside Job' by Ferguson," he says - that will explain everything you need to know about the 1%. They sit on gold toilets up there."

For more on Captain Lewis and a link to see him on video:

http://www.observer.com/2011/11/former-philadelphia-police-captain-ray-lewis-joins-with-occupy-wall-street-protesters-video/

The protesters were traumatized by police at 1 a.m. when they raided the camp forcibly early Tuesday morning. Despite this, the Park was full of people milling around at the time of this article's publication at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday. Earlier, a judge had ruled that the Mayor's demands were to be followed, and no structures could be erected in Zuccotti. However the livestream has mysteriously gone down, according to the site, which is replaying last night's footage of the raid. I watch, fascinated.

http://www.livestream.com/occupynyc

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