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A sign of the times – 2 views of America’s Police

– “Police Captain Ray Lewis: Police Are An Oppressive Organization Used As Mercenaries By Corporations”
“A former Philadelphia police officer says that hes standing with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri to send a message that police are oppressing the majority of Americans.”

“‘Its an oppressive organization now controlled by the one percent of corporate America. Corporate America is using police forces as their mercenaries,’ Ray Lewis, a former Philadelphia Police captain told Al Jazeera.”
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– “Photo: Police officer and young demonstrator share hug during Ferguson rally in Portland”
“Sgt. Bret Barnum (left) and Devonte Hart take pause amid an otherwise hectic Ferguson rally in Portland earlier this week.” (Johnny Nguyen/Special to The Oregonian)

“As thousands gathered to make their voices heard during a rally earlier this week, one officer and a young man paused to hear each other out.

This image, shot by freelance photographer Johnny Nguyen, shows Portland Police Sgt. Bret Barnum hugging 12-year-old Devonte Hart during the Ferguson demonstration in Portland on Nov. 25, 2014.

According to Sgt. Barnum, the interaction took place at the beginning of the rally. With emotions running high as speakers were addressing the crowd, he noticed a young man with tears in his eyes holding a “Free Hugs” sign among a group of people, quoting The Oregonian.
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Posted by Steve on December 6, 2014 at 8:15 am | Permalink

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