In videos of the Wall St. protesters it is chilling to see white-shirted police officers in uniform wading into a crowd swinging night-sticks and spraying mace on women held inside a barricade. Other policemen, dressed in the more traditional black are not as aggressive as the white shirts.Who are they? What is the difference between the two groups? "It’s called the Paid Detail Unit and it allows the New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street corporationsto order up a member of the NYPD, with gun, handcuffs and the ability to arrest. The officer is indemnified by the taxpayer, not the corporation.
Pam Martens of CounterPunch tells us: "...there are endless opportunities [for Wall St.] to privatize profits and socialize losses beyond collecting trillions of dollars in bailouts from taxpayers. The NYPD pays the salaries, supplies the training and liability insurance to cover the actions of these paid details. "The corporations pay an average of $37 an hour no medical, no pension benefit, no overtime pay) for a member of the NYPD, with gun, handcuffs and the ability to arrest. The officer is indemnified by the taxpayer, not the corporation." Read the full article.