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    Retired Philadelphia police officer wears uniform at Occupy Philly event

    Retired Philadelphia Police Capt. Ray Lewis, who gained national attention with his defiant, in-uniform protest and subsequent arrest at Occupy Wall Street, made his first appearance with Occupy Philly on Monday afternoon.
    Lewis, 60, had been chastised in letters from Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and the Fraternal Order of Police after he was arrested in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park on Nov. 17, wearing his old uniform.

    Again donning his uniform Monday on Independence Mall, Lewis asserted his right to free speech, calling his choice of clothing a "visual symbol" of the 24 years he devoted to police work.

    "I will not idly stand by while law enforcement is administered only to the poor and disenfranchised while the rich flaunt their immunity," Lewis told a crowd of 40 occupiers and reporters gathered near a stone engraved with the First Amendment.

    His address was part of a daylong Occupy event promoting freedom of speech that peaked with a march to the Comcast Center to submit a petition for the company to carry Al-Jazeera English.

    He revved up the crowd before it proceeded down Market Street, even eliciting a "We love you, captain!" shout-out. He referred those who doubted his positions on corporate corruption to the Charles Ferguson documentary Inside Job.


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    Bravo officer. I wish more of there were out there like you to take a stand within the police force. I wonder why he was criticized for taking part in the protest by his superiors? Do police not have the same rights? Or does that portray a "bad image" on the police force if they stand up for what they believe in?

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    Re: Retired Philadelphia police officer wears uniform at Occupy Philly event

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    Bravo officer. I wish more of there were out there like you to take a stand within the police force. I wonder why he was criticized for taking part in the protest by his superiors? Do police not have the same rights? Or does that portray a "bad image" on the police force if they stand up for what they believe in?

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    I'm guessing he was breaking the law by wearing his uniform. Naughty-Naughty.

    OWS has so many messages...some of them horrible...that I don't see what's worthy of a bravo here. Which ideal does he believe in? Forgive all the college loans?
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    Re: Retired Philadelphia police officer wears uniform at Occupy Philly event

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I'm guessing he was breaking the law by wearing his uniform. Naughty-Naughty.

    OWS has so many messages...some of them horrible...that I don't see what's worthy of a bravo here. Which ideal does he believe in? Forgive all the college loans?
    OWS=the biggest farce in recent memory.

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    Re: Retired Philadelphia police officer wears uniform at Occupy Philly event

    The Uniform of an Officer of the law is apolitical and should not be worn to political rallys in this manner.

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    Re: Retired Philadelphia police officer wears uniform at Occupy Philly event

    Not to mention that OWS is ignored nowadays and that it's just another stupid, tiring rally, the fact that a retired police officer is allowed to wear his uniform is very suspicious. I think that's against the law in the US, but not being an expert or a citizen, I wouldn't know
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    Re: Retired Philadelphia police officer wears uniform at Occupy Philly event

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    I will not idly stand by while law enforcement is administered only to the poor and disenfranchised while the rich flaunt their immunity," Lewis told a crowd of 40 occupiers and reporters gathered near a stone engraved with the First Amendment.
    He probably witnessed quite a bit of law enforcement favoritism for the rich during his 24 years of police work. He kept quiet then. He doesn't have to keep quiet anymore.

    Maybe they can arrest him for impersonating an officer of the law? That would be ironic as hell.
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