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Retired PPD Captain Arrested At OWS

By Wyatt Earp | November 17, 2011

Meet retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis. He’s kind of a douche.

A retired Philadelphia police captain has been arrested in New York at an Occupy Wall Street demonstration, FOX 29 News has confirmed. Ray Lewis retired from the Philadelphia Police Department in 2004.

I never had the displeasure of working under this tool, but I highly doubt he was a “man of the people” when he was on the job. He was most likely a company man who treated his officers like crap.

First news of the arrest was broadcast over Twitter around 9:15 a.m. by the protest group on its account, stating, “Philly Police Captain (Retired) has just been ARRESTED! #N17 #ows.” The group then tweeted, “The arrested retired police captain’s name is Captain Ray Lewis. Immense cheers and music as he is taken away.”

Yeah Lewis, your homies were cheering while you were being dragged away. But keep telling yourself that you’re one of them.

On Tuesday, there were messages online stating that Lewis had joined the protesters, including a photo of him holding a sign that read “NYPD Don’t Be Wall Street Mercenaries,” and talking with a helmeted New York police officer at Zuccotti Park.

The irony of all this is that as a police captain, he was much closer to the 1% than he ever was to the 99%. And in my opinion, it’s a huge douche move to go to a violent protest dressed in full uniform. A uniform Ray Lewis doesn’t deserve to wear.

Topics: The Job | 17 Comments »

17 Responses to “Retired PPD Captain Arrested At OWS”

  1. Loaded Dice in Vegas Says:
    November 17th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    What a goof. He wanted attention and that’s why he wore his uniform. Too many of these types in police hierarchy on every department.

  2. JT Says:
    November 17th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    A uniform Ray Lewis doesn’t deserve to wear.

    If you mute the sound, this vid is perfect.

  3. Wyatt Earp Says:
    November 17th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    LDIV – Our department is chock full of them. Chock. Full.

    JT – So true.

  4. Fenway_Nation Says:
    November 17th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I’ve often heard that the higher up the five-oh food chain one moves, the more likely you are to run into politicians in uniform than actual investgators and patrolmen

  5. realwest Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 12:10 am

    What Fenway said – Spot On. Although I do have a fairly high opinon of Ray Kelly, commissioner of the NYPD.

  6. Wyatt Earp Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Fenway – Lieutenant is usually the turning point. In 17 years, I’ve had one good lieutenant. The rest were backstabbers or company types who wouldn’t back their officers.

    Real – As do I. Seems like he backs his officers – something sorely lacking in other departments.

  7. bob (either orr) Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Heard this and thought WTF. Hope they pull his pension for this.

  8. Lou Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 6:53 am

    What are the odds he’ll be running for office after this stunt? I can’t think of any other reason for this bonehead move on his part.

  9. Bluwall Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Don’t be fooled by Ray Kelly’s public image.

    He’s just another politician.

  10. TonyF Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I don’t know a thing about PPD, but how is it that if you’re retired, you can still suit up and wear your uniform? The guy doesn’t work there anymore. Once I left, I wasn’t a policeman anymore. If I suited up, I’d be impersonating an officer and I would get busted. But, I didn’t work for PPD.

    I’m with you Wyatt. I never had a Lieutenant that wasn’t a politician, but I knew one in another department. ONE. Was in the Capt/Lt’s office one day when the two of them were giving me a verbal reprimand about some trumped up political bullshit. The Lt said, “So, what have you learned from this incident?” My reply, “Not to tell you guys the truth any more?” They didn’t like that.

    All I did was tell them about an asshole that verbally berated me, then filed a complaint after I’d had enough and told him to “get the f*** out of here before I take you to jail.” Granted, maybe I should have cussed the guy out, but it really was no big deal.

    Management in police departments never have the backs of their officers, they are just lackey’s for the politicians.

  11. Bob G. Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Nice touch w/ the BRANDED video…
    And I agree (also) with fenway…!

    I seriously believe than whenever anyone makes it UP to LT or CPT, it’s MANDATORY that they turn in their BRAINS (and whatever common sense they used to possess) at the promotion ceremony!

    And yet, I do know a (very) few that have not become jaded in such ways…thank God for THEM.

    Excellent post & comments.

    Roll safe, people.

  12. Metoo Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I’m willing to bet the officer in the helmet was having a what the heck moment with Lewis. I would have told him he’s a disgrace to the uniform and get his ass back home pronto before I ripped that uniform off him. It would be great if they pulled his pension over this stunt but I doubt it will ever happen.

  13. realwest Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Bluwall – with respect, you link leads us to a site where the “blogger” is peddling a book which received ringing endorsements from the ACLU, the NYCLU, the Village Voice and One Hundred Black Men in Law enforcement.

    Just call me suspicious that the claim is made that Ray Kelley is just another politician – he seems to have pissed off all the right people.

  14. Wyatt Earp Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Bob – Are you kidding? He’s part of the PPD’s 1%. Nothing will happen to him.

    Lou – Wouldn’t surprise me, and idiot voters in this town would vote for him.

    Bluwall – He’s probably slightly better than my commissioner, though.

    TonyF – And that’s exactly how it works in the PPD. Exactly.

    Bob G. – They’re more concerned with kissing the asses of the higher-ups than supporting the men and women under them. It’s despicable.

    Metoo – No, it won’t happen, and like Tony said, he is technically impersonating an officer. Nothing will happen there, either.

  15. Crusty Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    After a 48 year working career 45 of which I wore a uniform of one kid or another. I do not have the remnants of one. I either gave them to my fellow employees or threw them away. Hand jobs that hold on to them and suit up, use them as blended wool viagra, and are found at a kitchen table at 3:00am with a half bottle of Jim Beam and a 9mm hole in the head

  16. Wyatt Earp Says:
    November 19th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Crusty – This guy is one of those tools who live the job. It’s his entire reason for existence. When they retire, they keep clutching on, and keeping uniforms.

  17. Rick Says:
    November 20th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    This man is a disgrace