The Wind that Shakes the Parley: Police Voice Concerns about Being Used to Stifle Legitimate Protest

Ray LewisThis past week has tacked on more examples of politicians using law enforcement to stifle dissent among unsatisfied constituents.  NY’s Mayor Bloomberg, for instance, was quoted referring to the NYPD as his “own army”.  “But other facets of this story have been developing behind the scenes.  Could Operation SHIELD and Ray Lewis raise the “wind that shakes the parley”?  Chris Faraone writes in the Boston Phoenix:

As Occupy camps from coast to coast face evictions — and in many cases have already been pushed out of parks and plazas like so much human trash — it’s clear that the institutional response to the movement is escalating dangerously. Likewise, relations between police and activists seem to be deteriorating, as non-violent protesters continue to be arrested almost daily.

But as tensions build between Occupiers and Big Brother, what’s also true is that individual officers are increasingly concerned about their role in combating Occupy. Even in cities where the overall police response has been barbaric, there’s a growing sense that cops who’ve been charged with breaking camps are unnerved by such orders.

Earlier this week, Los Angeles authorities avoided a riot by working with protesters, and even thanking them publicly for demonstrating their right to free speech. On a smaller scale, last month in Oregon an officer was seen sobbing in his combat gear while raiding a Portland encampment. In October, Albany police — along with state troopers — refused to arrest protesters despite pressure from the city’s mayor and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

At least one Occupier believes that such sentiments are not anomalous. Calling himself Danny — he wouldn’t reveal his true identity — he created a movement-within-a-movement, Occupy Police (OcPo), designed to be an outlet for officers of all ranks, everywhere, to speak openly about Occupy.

Continued at the Boston Phoenix

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  • Anonymous

    Yes, it is unnerving to be ordered to attack people who don’t particularly deserve it. I’m amazed this has to be pointed out.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, it is unnerving to be ordered to attack people who don’t particularly deserve it. I’m amazed this has to be pointed out.

  • Redacted

    Yes, it is unnerving to be ordered to attack people who don’t particularly deserve it. I’m amazed this has to be pointed out.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Not when you’re a blood thirsty thug, which every kind of violence wielding organization has its fair share of.

    • bad Karma

      Just remember that, most the Jews that made it out of NAZI Germany, were the ones that put their fellow Jews in the ovens.

      • Redacted

        Of course.

        I think.

      • Tuna Ghost

        I…am not sure that is entirely accurate.  

        • fucked-up

          Is that your opinion, or do you actually read history? People are people, and given the right circumstance will do what ever it takes to survive.

          • Tuna Ghost

            It is both.  I’m familiar with the history of Wiemar Germany, WWII, and the Holocaust.  What sources are you using to support your claim?  

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for posting this one, Disinformation!  Great pickkie as well.In violation of my own policy of not commenting on my own posts, I think an addendum may be called for here with regard to the pun “the wind that shakes the parley”.

    Of course that’s an illusion to the old song “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”–the title motif being a poetic metaphor for the persistent strain of anti-imperialism in Irish popular culture.  Hopefully Operation SHIELD and the likes marks the emergence of a new force that can shake-up the historically unproductive relationship or “parley” between citizen dissenters and law enforcement.

    Maybe that exposition wasn’t required here–Disinfonauts are typically a bit sharper than most.  But I guess I did anticipate that becoming a question at some point.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for posting this one, Disinformation!  Great pickkie as well.In violation of my own policy of not commenting on my own posts, I think an addendum may be called for here with regard to the pun “the wind that shakes the parley”.

    Of course that’s an illusion to the old song “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”–the title motif being a poetic metaphor for the persistent strain of anti-imperialism in Irish popular culture.  Hopefully Operation SHIELD and the likes marks the emergence of a new force that can shake-up the historically unproductive relationship or “parley” between citizen dissenters and law enforcement.

    Maybe that exposition wasn’t required here–Disinfonauts are typically a bit sharper than most.  But I guess I did anticipate that becoming a question at some point.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Thanks for posting this one, Disinformation!  Great pickkie as well.In violation of my own policy of not commenting on my own posts, I think an addendum may be called for here with regard to the pun “the wind that shakes the parley”.

    Of course that’s an illusion to the old song “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”–the title motif being a poetic metaphor for the persistent strain of anti-imperialism in Irish popular culture.  Hopefully Operation SHIELD and the likes marks the emergence of a new force that can shake-up the historically unproductive relationship or “parley” between citizen dissenters and law enforcement.

    Maybe that exposition wasn’t required here–Disinfonauts are typically a bit sharper than most.  But I guess I did anticipate that becoming a question at some point.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Not when you’re a blood thirsty thug, which every kind of violence wielding organization has its fair share of.

  • DeepCough

    Hey, cops, you don’t wanna be used as brownshirts, then maybe you should find another line of work.

  • DeepCough

    Hey, cops, you don’t wanna be used as brownshirts, then maybe you should find another line of work.

    • Prime

      super heroes !!! 

  • Prime

    super heroes !!! 

  • Mr Willow

    To state the blatantly obvious, the police are being used as the tools of the Aristocracy. Those who give them their marching orders care for them in much the same way as a carpenter cares for his chisel.  Useful, so long at it doesn’t break (i.e. performs as it is supposed to). 

    The sooner they realise that, the better, as one very effective method of expelling despots is turning their muscle against them. 

    Of course, it should be approached delicately, because a revolt involving said muscle could easily transform into a military coup, after which we would be ruled by the muscle. 

  • Mr Willow

    To state the blatantly obvious, the police are being used as the tools of the Aristocracy. Those who give them their marching orders care for them in much the same way as a carpenter cares for his chisel.  Useful, so long at it doesn’t break (i.e. performs as it is supposed to). 

    The sooner they realise that, the better, as one very effective method of expelling despots is turning their muscle against them. 

    Of course, it should be approached delicately, because a revolt involving said muscle could easily transform into a military coup, after which we would be ruled by the muscle. 

    • patrick

      “Of course, it should be approached delicately, because a revolt
      involving said muscle could easily transform into a military coup, after
      which we would be ruled by the muscle”

      Any coup of a military nature here in the US against the aristocracy would likely be infused with the ideas of Liberty, Freedom, and defending the Constitution. I don’t believe the US armed forces have the capacity or the WIILL to be any more repressive than the current economic hegemony is now.

      My point being, Even if the coup becomes rule of muscle, It will be a much lighter burden than the one we have now, and with a little optimism and ambition, it would become a much brighter future.

      No matter what happens, revolution or not, things are going to be tough around here for awhile, and no that doesn’t bother me in the least.

      • Redacted

        “I, XXXXXXXXXX, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same

        Really, some of these dirty hippies on here think the military is hiding in every bush to steal their pot. We’re only in every other bush.

        • Anarchy Pony

          I KNEW IT! I figured it would be tactically infeasible to occupy every bush.

      • MoralDrift

        nice thought but the military is a machine. I dont care how many soldiers you know, your brother, friend, cousin, uncle might even be a Colonel doesnt matter. The military is a strict hierarchy and those who refuse orders will be removed and dealt with all the way up and down the chain. Colonel won’t sign the order? Ok, he will be replaced by an all too eager LTC no problem.

        Of course, the average guys are just that, average guys. Contrary to popular belief being  in the military does not make one more subservient than others in society, they are probably about equally as subservient as all the other rats with the added bonus of being trained to operate and execute under fire. So am I contradicting myself? No.

        People are already subservient enough to allow their supposed republic to invade dozens of nations since WW2, send their sons away to kill or be killed, and to allow their rights and economic well being be usurped before their very eyes. There is no doubt in my mind that all manner of US citizens are capable of committing heinous acts on other Americans, given the right conditions.

        The Kicker, is that for those truly heinous acts, you know the mass slaughter kind of stuff….we have developed these teams of super rat whackjobs called special forces. These are the truly bloodthirsty Praetorian guards who will ensure the compliance of the regulars and the citizenry, when all the normal tools of control inevitably fail.

  • patrick

    “Of course, it should be approached delicately, because a revolt
    involving said muscle could easily transform into a military coup, after
    which we would be ruled by the muscle”

    Any coup of a military nature here in the US against the aristocracy would likely be infused with the ideas of Liberty, Freedom, and defending the Constitution. I don’t believe the US armed forces have the capacity or the WIILL to be any more repressive than the current economic hegemony is now.

    My point being, Even if the coup becomes rule of muscle, It will be a much lighter burden than the one we have now, and with a little optimism and ambition, it would become a much brighter future.

    No matter what happens, revolution or not, things are going to be tough around here for awhile, and no that doesn’t bother me in the least.

  • bad Karma

    Just remember that, most the Jews that made it out of NAZI Germany, were the ones that put their fellow Jews in the ovens.

  • Anonymous

    Of course.

    I think.

  • Tuna Ghost

    I…am not sure that is entirely accurate.  

  • fucked-up

    Is that your opinion, or do you actually read history? People are people, and given the right circumstance will do what ever it takes to survive.

  • fucked-up

    Is that your opinion, or do you actually read history? People are people, and given the right circumstance will do what ever it takes to survive.

  • Anonymous

    “I, XXXXXXXXXX, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same

    Really, some of these dirty hippies on here think the military is hiding in every bush to steal their pot. We’re only in every other bush.

  • Anarchy Pony

    I KNEW IT! I figured it would be tactically infeasible to occupy every bush.

  • Tuna Ghost

    It is both.  I’m familiar with the history of Wiemar Germany, WWII, and the Holocaust.  What sources are you using to support your claim?  

  • Anonymous

    nice thought but the military is a machine. I dont care how many soldiers you know, your brother, friend, cousin, uncle might even be a Colonel doesnt matter. The military is a strict hierarchy and those who refuse orders will be removed and dealt with all the way up and down the chain. Colonel won’t sign the order? Ok, he will be replaced by an all too eager LTC no problem.

    Of course, the average guys are just that, average guys. Contrary to popular belief being  in the military does not make one more subservient than others in society, they are probably about equally as subservient as all the other rats with the added bonus of being trained to operate and execute under fire. So am I contradicting myself? No.

    People are already subservient enough to allow their supposed republic to invade dozens of nations since WW2, send their sons away to kill or be killed, and to allow their rights and economic well being be usurped before their very eyes. There is no doubt in my mind that all manner of US citizens are capable of committing heinous acts on other Americans, given the right conditions.

    The Kicker, is that for those truly heinous acts, you know the mass slaughter kind of stuff….we have developed these teams of super rat whackjobs called special forces. These are the truly bloodthirsty Praetorian guards who will ensure the compliance of the regulars and the citizenry, when all the normal tools of control inevitably fail.

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