Now this is speaking truth to power: veteran confronts police on their heavy-handed tactics.
On Saturday, Occupy Wall Street demonstrators occupied Times Squares when thousands flooded the iconic location to protest economic inequities. After a number of demonstrators refused to leave the streets there, police responded with heavy-handed tactics to arrest them.
Now, video has emerged of an apparent U.S. military veteran speaking out against these police tactics. The man, who identified himself as Sgt. Shamar Thomas, explained that he spent fourteen months in Iraq and that his parents served in the military as well. “This is not a war zone. It doesn’t make you tough to hurt these people!” protested Thomas to police officers. “There is no honor in that.” The crowd gave the man a hearty applause.
- Marine Sgt. Shamar Thomas Blasts Occupy Wall Street Police (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- ‘OWS’ Protester and Marine Vet Faces Down Police in Times Square: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
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- Marine Sergeant Stands Up to NYPD to Protect Wall Street Protesters (destructionist.wordpress.com)
- 1 Marine vs. 30 Cops at #OccupyWallStreet #OWS VIDEO (Marine Wins) (zerohedge.com)
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