Ex-cop opts for deal to settle his Occupy Wall Street arrest


North­east Phil­adelphia’s so­cially dis­obedi­ent ex-cop has made peace with his former law en­force­ment col­leagues in New York City.

Re­tired Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment Capt. Ray Lewis — who also is a former pres­id­ent of the Mech­an­ic­sville Civic As­so­ci­ation — agreed with pro­sec­utors in Man­hat­tan last Wed­nes­day to serve a six-month peri­od of un­of­fi­cial pro­ba­tion, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by the As­so­ci­ated Press. That is, the pro­sec­utor agreed to drop its dis­orderly con­duct case against Lewis if he steers clear of an­oth­er ar­rest for the next six months.

In a front-page story on Nov. 23, the North­east Times re­por­ted that NYPD of­ficers ar­res­ted Lewis on Nov. 17 in that city’s Fin­an­cial Dis­trict as he joined Oc­cupy Wall Street pro­test­ers in de­fy­ing po­lice or­ders to clear the street. Lewis was wear­ing his old Phil­adelphia cap­tain’s uni­form at the time and later ad­mit­ted he in­ten­tion­ally dis­reg­arded the com­mands of the loc­al po­lice.

In an am­a­teur video filmed be­fore his ar­rest and that ended up on You­Tube, Lewis told an in­ter­view­er of his dis­dain for the greed and per­vas­ive in­flu­ence of cor­por­ate Amer­ica. In an­oth­er video, he vowed to con­tin­ue protest­ing, even if it meant more ar­rests.

Lewis’ pinch made head­lines throughout the na­tion and in Europe as news or­gan­iz­a­tions pub­lished a snap­shot of him sit­ting on the side­walk, lean­ing against a build­ing with his hands tied be­hind his back and a New York cop stand­ing guard over him. An­oth­er am­a­teur video­graph­er filmed a seg­ment of his ar­rest as ri­ot-equipped cops walked him through a throng of jeer­ing Oc­cu­pi­ers and ran­dom on­look­ers.

Lewis lived in the North­east for about 17 years but sold his house in 2003 and re­tired from the PPD the fol­low­ing year. He re­portedly lives in up­state New York now. The Times has not been in dir­ect con­tact with him. ••


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