Over 30,000 people flooded the streets of New York City during Occupy Wall Street’s November 17th day of action. Over 100 were arrested for participating in the march and rally, but none have enjoyed as much media attention as Retired Police Captain Ray Lewis.
A veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, Lewis was arrested in full uniform while carrying a sign that read “NYPD Don’t Be Wall Street Mercenaries.”
Lewis joined the demonstration to protest the way that NYPD and police departments around the country have treated Occupy Wall Street Protesters.
‘They complained about the park being dirty,’ he said.
‘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.’
During his arrest, Lewis claimed that it would not deter him from returning to the protest. An interesting statement considering Lewis hardly fits the “uneducated, unemployed, unwashed” label that so many have imposed on the OWS participants.
In a later interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Lewis accused his fellow law enforcement officers of carrying out the orders of the 1 percent. Watch the segment below for more:
Image via Captain Ray Lewis Facebook page.