Retired Police Captain
Occupy Wall Street
Retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis, holding a sign during OWS protests.
New York police have arrested a retired police captain, along more than 300 others, for participating in the peaceful Occupy Wall Street protests.
Former Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis had joined the thousands of other protesters in New York's Zuccotti Park and called on his [New York Police Department] NYPD counterparts to join him and not become what he called "Wall Street's mercenaries", the Associated Press reported.
Lewis, who was wearing his uniform when he was handcuffed said, "All the cops are just workers for the one percent, and they don't even realize they're being exploited."
Earlier this week Lewis appeared in online videos holding a sign that read "NYPD watch 'Inside Job' then join us," referring to the Oscar-winning documentary about the Wall Street bailout.
"They [New York Police] complained about the [Zuccotti] park being dirty," said Lewis, who retired in 2004.
"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, and it's disgusting."
New York's Zuccotti Park is the birthplace of the US Occupy movement named after the 'Occupy Wall Street' (OWS), which emerged on September 17, when a group of demonstrators gathered in New York's financial district to protest social inequality and top-level corruption in the country.
Despite police hindrance and mass arrests, the Occupy movement has now spread to major US cities.
The movement has also inspired similar pushes across the world, including in Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, and Portugal.