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U.S. Marine Sergeant defends Occupy Wall Street protestors

US Marine Sergeant defends Occupy Wall Street protestors
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NYPD prepares to arrest, remove protestors.
US Marine Sergeant defends Occupy Wall Street protestors
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U.S. Marine Sergeant Shamar Thomas denounces NYPD actions.
US Marine Sergeant defends Occupy Wall Street protestors
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Marine Sergeant Thomas gives NYPD a final look.
US Marine Sergeant defends Occupy Wall Street protestors
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NYPD officers equipped with zipties, batons, and helmets.
US Marine Sergeant defends Occupy Wall Street protestors
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NYPD prepares to arrest, remove protestors.
  • US Marine Sergeant defends Occupy Wall Street protestors
  • US Marine Sergeant defends Occupy Wall Street protestors
  • US Marine Sergeant defends Occupy Wall Street protestors
  • US Marine Sergeant defends Occupy Wall Street protestors
  • US Marine Sergeant defends Occupy Wall Street protestors

Thousands supported Occupy Wall Street in Times Square last night. After several arrests, a U.S. marine began questioning NYPD officers patriotism as well as their courage. New York, NY. 15th October 2011

Last night at Occupy Wall Street in Times Square, Marine Sergeant Shamar Thomas boldly defended the occupiers. Sergeant Thomas calmly asked the NYPD why they aren't protecting the peaceful protestors. The NYPD ignored his questions and continued telling protestors to leave the sidewalk otherwise "they'd get hurt."

Then, in an epic scene, Thomas approached the line of NYPD officers who held their batons.

While many Occupy Wall Street demonstrators had been arrested for merely crossing the street, he exclaimed, "These are U.S. citizens peacefully protesting! These are the people you are supposed to protect!" The 10-15 NYPD officers he addressed dared not to touch him.

Sergeant Thomas continued denouncing the NYPD's actions shouting, "This isn't a war zone! I've served overseas, that's a war zone! Get rid of your batons and helmets!"

After five minutes of severely and loudly criticizing the NYPD, the Sergeant walked away leaving the scorned officers behind. The few people who were there applauded and cheered.

Whether those officers mindset will change is uncertain. What is certain, however, is that the NYPD is conflicted when confronted by Members of our Armed Services. That said, I hope more Marines will join in defending U.S. citizens from megalomaniac individuals leading corrupt financial and political institution. Thank you Sergeant Thomas for defending American's rights to protest. You really are The Few and The Proud.

(Note: Videos by others present were taken of this confrontation. They should be up soon)

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