U.S. Marines Defend Occupy Wall Street Protesters [Video]

Now in its 31st day of existence, the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to experience violence at the hands of the very police forces that should be protecting it.

In the first weeks of the demonstration in New York City, police were videotaped as they trapped female protesters inside a sidewalk barricade and then sprayed them with mace at point-blank range. Days later an NYPD officer was caught bragging about using his night stick on protesters. In Boston, members of the police force physically assaulted members of Veterans for Peace, a non-profit educational and humanitarian organization dedicated to the abolishment of war.

NYC Occupiers, whose numbers swelled to over 6,000 during the day of Global Change, clashed with police as they marched to Times Square on Saturday. Officers, some in riot gear, got violent again with protesters by using metal batons on crowds and issuing mass arrests.

For one ex-Marine in attendance, this obvious violation of constitutional rights and violence toward unarmed, peaceful protesters was the last straw. In the video clip below, former Marine Corps. Sgt. Shamar Thomas from Roosevelt, NY goes toe to toe with the NYPD. An activist in the Occupy Wall Street movement, Thomas voiced his opinions of the NYPD police brutality that had and continues to plague the #OWS movement.

“This is not a war zone- these are unarmed people, it doesn’t make you tough to hurt these people!” Thomas went on later to state: “I was involved in a riot in Rutbah Iraq in 2004, and we did not treat the Iraqi citizens like they are treating the unarmed civilians in our own country”

Thomas is just one of over 1,500 retired soldiers that have organized OccupyMARINES, and intend to use their experience to aid and protect the Occupy Wall Street protesters.

His passionate display of solidarity with Occupy Wall Street protesters earned Thomas an appearance on Countdown with Keith Olbermann where he discussed what the Occupy movement means to him and the potential for other veterans to get involved.

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W. C
W. C2 years ago


William C
William C2 years ago

Thank you.

Betsy M.
Betsy M7 years ago

Pwned! ..."there is no honor in this" ..."these cops are hurting people I fought to protect" *btw no such thing as an "ex-marine" - as Sgt Thomas made quite clear

Fulvia M.
FulviaAway M7 years ago

Thank you, guys! You rock!

Elizabeth P.
Elizabeth P7 years ago

Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you.

victor e.
victor estrada7 years ago


Susan Lomega
Susan Lomega7 years ago

Way to go Marine vets. Defending our rights and our constitution. Bravo

Dirk Praet
Dirk Praet7 years ago

Seldom seen. IMMENSE respect to Sgt. Shamar Thomas. And zero points to the NYPD.

Past Member
Past Member 7 years ago

Yayyyyy Marines!!!
They're on OUR side..
The side of the 99%...The American People
(the "Occupy Wall St." movement)
Standing up for our First Amendment rights
to challenge the status quo. :))

Terri Lynn Sullivan

As Victoria M said, when a man or woman in the marines does this....stands up for American citizens on their homeland... protecting their human rights and defending the consonstitution of the U.S, THIS is serving our nation. As Kathy S correctly stated, freedom is an illusion in the U.S. and the marines etc are NOT fighting for "our freedoms or security" when they are at war in a foreign land....they THINK they are "serving our nation" with good and honest intentions, but sadly they are being used as pawns for profits into corrupt coffers. That's why so many vets are now against war. They leave thinking its all glory and "heroic", like a football game with a few srimmagges, if they make it back, they are angry, mentally disturbed that they were getting shot at while the fat cats get fatter wallets. Bravo to Sgt Thomas for standing up for these protesters. It would have been nice for him to admit that war is wrong, that our aggressive forign policy and the trillions wasted on it is exactly what is taking our country down today, making us less safe from "terrorism", in debt, cutting budgets in all the wrong places. We should be closing down all our military bases, not any of our schools or hospitals