Over the weekend, the massive Occupy Wall Street Times Square demonstration saw tense clashes between the police and protestors.
After several officers violently confronted many of the protesters, Shamar Thomas, an Iraq war vet, decided to speak out.
Sergeant Thomas lectured police about their treatment of the protesters, which he felt was unnecessary. Thomas, a decorated Marine vet, told officers: “This is not a war zone. These are unarmed people. It doesn’t make you tough to hurt these people.”
Thomas scolded officers for “hurting unarmed citizens” and yelled at them, saying, “there is no honor” in brutalizing Occupy Wall Street protesters.
After lecturing the NYPD officers, St. Thomas took to his YouTube page to further explain his actions.
He wrote: “I took an Oath that I live by. am NOT anti-NYPD. I am anti- Police Brutality. I am no longer under contract with the USMC so I do NOT have to follow military uniform regulations. I DON’T affiliate myself with ANY GROUPS or POLITICAL ORG. I affiliate myself with the AMERICAN PEOPLE that’s it. I REFUSE to affiliate with anything that SEPARATES. There is an obvious problem in the country and PEACEFUL PEOPLE should be allowed to PROTEST without Brutality. I was involved in a RIOT in Rutbah, Iraq 2004 and we did NOT treat the Iraqi citizens like they are treating the unarmed civilians in our OWN Country. No one was brutalized because our mission was to ‘WIN the hearts and minds.’ why should I expect anything less in my OWN Country.”
What do you think of St. Thomas’ words to the NYPD? Is he right?