A former Philadelphia police captain who was participating in Occupy Wall Street in New York City was taken in to custody by police today, according to reports.
Ray Lewis, who retired from the Philadelphia Police Department in 2004 after serving as the captain of the 25th Police District, was arrested today along with other Occupy Wall Street protesters, according to news and social media reports.
A spokeswoman with the NYPD said she could not immediatley confirm Lewis' arrest because there were many people who were taken in to custody at Occupy Wall Street today and their arrests have yet to be processed. A Philadelphia police spokewoman confirmed Lewis' time with the department but could not confirm his arrest in New York.
According to a story on the New York Observer's website, Lewis joined the protest at Zuccotti Park Tuesday night in uniform. Photos of Lewis show him holding up a sign that reads: "NYPD DON'T BE WALL STREET MERCENARIES."
On a video on the Observer's site, Lewis can be heard to say "They're trying to get me arrested and I may disappear, OK? As soon as I'm let out of jail, I'll be right back here and they'll have to arrest me again."
Click here to see a video of Lewis' arrest.