Shavies thinks his fellow police officers are over-using
Across the country, police have used undercover and/or plainsclothed
police officers to monitor occupations and protests that are a part
of the 99 Percent Movement. Earlier today, the Tennesseanpublished
sent by the Tennessee Highway Patrol that confirmed not only that
police were infiltrating Occupy Nashville but that they were hoping
for the movementís demise.
In a video released last month, Oakland Police Officer Fred Shavies
was outed as one of these plainsclothed officers at Occupy Oakland.
Now, in an interview with Justin Warren, Shavies said that he was
just doing his job and that he actually supports the movement. He
said that the police brutality that occurred could be our
generationís Birmingham ó referring to the civil rights struggle in
the South ó and that he hopes the movement is a turning point for
changing the country:
SHAVIES: Iím a police officer. Iím part of the 99 percent. [...]
In the í60s when people would protest, would gather in order to
bring about change, right? Those protests were nonviolent they
were peaceful assemblies. They were broken up with dogs, hoses,
sticks. [...] It looks like there was a square, and police shot
tear gas. That could be the photograph or the video for our
our Birmingham. So, twenty years from now this movement could be
the turning point, the tipping point, right. Itís about time
your generation stood up for something. Itís about time young
people are in the streets.[...]
Yaíll donít need to throw gas canisters into a group of people
occupying an intersection.
Shaviesí brave words make him one of the few police officers who has
publicly stepped forward to question heavy-handed police tactics and
to openly support the 99 Percent.
A reader points out thatShavies
of a police brutality case a few years ago.