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NYPD Arrest Ex-Philly Cop During Occupy

Former captain slams New York police for using force
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2011 4:49 PM CST

(Newser) – New York police rounded up an unlikely suspect during some 300 Occupy arrests the other day: a former Philadelphia police captain. Ray Lewis was even in uniform when cops hauled him off and slapped plastic cuffs on him during the Occupy "Day of Action" on Thursday, the Daily Mail reports. Lewis had been carrying a sign before riot cops that read, "NYPD don’t be Wall St mercenaries."

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After his release that night, he slammed the NYPD for getting rough with protesters: "You should, by law, only use force to protect someone’s life or to protect them from being bodily injured." (See the video.) However, he tells the Observer that some New York cops were complimentary towards him: “One said ‘You’ve got the biggest balls.' Another said he had the utmost respect for what I’m doing." Lewis says he's planning to spend the week in New York, staying at a cheap hotel. “I’m going to have Thanksgiving at the square,” he says. (Read about one Occupy protester who took pepper spray in the face.)

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