12/09/2011

Retired Philly captain arrested at Occupy rally warned

Philly commish: Don't protest in uniform

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — A retired Philadelphia police captain arrested in uniform during Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City is getting a warning from police and union officials.

Philadelphia police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has sent a cease and desist letter to retired Capt. Raymond Lewis. Ramsey says Lewis has every right to protest but shouldn't be doing it in a police uniform.

The commissioner said Thursday it doesn't matter whether it's a demonstration for Occupy Wall Street or another cause.

Ramsey says it's disrespectful and could lead people to assume Lewis is making a statement on behalf of the police department.

Lewis says the local Fraternal Order of Police union has filed a grievance stemming from last month's incident. A union spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment.

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