Who Do the White Shirt Police Report to at Occupy Wall Street Protests?
Financial Giants Put New York City Cops On Their Payroll
by PAM MARTENS
New York "White Shirts" in the employ
of Chase-Manhattan and other big Wall Street firms beating
up protesters outside the New York Stock Exchange.
The ultra-rich have now conferred upon themselves
the authority to use the New York City Police force as
a PRIVATE security
army under their DIRECT
CONTROL possessing the power to
arrest and jail their opponents - meaning
the poor of the earth who rise up to challenge the elite's
claim to the wealth of the world. The arrogance of the
ultra-rich in doing this is breath-taking, and gives evidence
to what the Apostle Paul said of them:
"... they that will be rich fall into temptation
and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts,
which drown men in destruction and perdition.
"For the love of money is the root of ALL
evil ..." (I Tim. 6:9-10)
The Apostle Peter was even more damning of those who
desire wealth (i.e., who are covetous):
"They are wells without water, clouds that
are carried (about) with a tempest; to whom the mist
of darkness is reserved for ever." (2 Pet. 2:17)
Videos are springing up across the internet showing uniformed
members of the New York Police Department in white shirts (as
opposed to the typical NYPD blue uniforms) pepper spraying and
brutalizing peaceful, non-threatening protestors attempting
to take part in the Occupy Wall Street marches. Corporate media
are reporting that these white shirts are police supervisors
as opposed to rank and file. However, recently discovered
documents suggest something else may be at work here.
Video of "White Shirts" beating up protesters on Wall
Street; these cops are part of the NYC's so-called "Paid
Detail Unit" that allows the New York Stock Exchange and
Wall Street corporations to order up a flank of New York's
finest with the ease of dialing the deli for a pastrami
on rye. [Please see our article, "The
Utility of Police Brutality in the Elite's War against
If you're a Wall Street behemoth, there are endless opportunities
to privatize profits and socialize losses beyond collecting
trillions of dollars in bailouts from taxpayers. One of the
ingenious methods that has remained below the public's radar
was started by the Rudy Giuliani administration in New York
City in 1998. It's called the Paid Detail Unit and it allows
the New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street corporations, including
those repeatedly charged with crimes, to order up a flank of
New York's finest with the ease of dialing the deli for a pastrami
The corporations pay an average of $37 an hour (no medical,
no pension benefit, no overtime pay) for a member of the NYPD,
with gun, handcuffs - and the ability
to arrest. The officer is indemnified by the taxpayer,
not the corporation.
about that! The "White Shirts" - who are acting in the
employ of PRIVATE Wall Street firms - have
the power to arrest. This is something brand new
in the "policing of America," and conveys on the ultra-rich
the ability to use what amounts to be a "private police
force" to police its enemies.
armed with submachine guns guarding the New York Stock
Exchange. The protesters have not been allowed to even
approach the building, although the building is plainly
located on a public street.
New York City gets a 10 percent administrative fee on top of
the $37 per hour paid to the police. The City's 2011 budget
called for $1,184,000 in Paid Detail fees, meaning private
corporations were paying wages of $11.8 million to police participating
in the Paid Detail Unit. The program has more than doubled
in revenue to the city since 2002.
The taxpayer has paid for the training of the rent-a-cop, his
uniform and gun, and will pick up the legal tab for lawsuits
stemming from the police personnel following illegal instructions
from its corporate master. Lawsuits have already sprung
up from the program.
When the program was first rolled out, one insightful member
of the NYPD posted the following on a forum:
"... regarding the officer working for, and being paid
by, some of the richest people and organizations in the City,
if not the world, enforcing the mandates
of the private employer, and in effect, allowing the officer
to become the Praetorian Guard of the elite of the City.
And now corruption is no longer a problem. Who are they kidding?"
... Other Wall Street firms that are known to have used
the Paid Detail Unit include Goldman Sachs, the World Financial
Center complex which houses financial firms ...
The New York Stock Exchange is the building in front of which
the Occupy Wall Street protesters have unsuccessfully
tried to protest, being herded behind metal barricades, clubbed
with night sticks, kicked in the face and carted off to jail
rather than permit Wall Street itself to be defiled with citizen
chants and posters.
A sample of those politically inconvenient posters and chants:
"This is what democracy looks like:" Protesters at Zuccotti Park holding a "People's Forum"
"The corrupt are afraid of us; the honest support us;
the heroic join us."
"Tell me what democracy looks like, this is what democracy
looks like." [Meaning the protesters at Zuccotti Park.]
"I'll believe a corporation is a person when Texas executes
one." [This sign refers to the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision,
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, giving corporations
First Amendment personhood, which allows them to spend unlimited
amounts of money in elections.]
On September 8, 2004, Robert Britz, then President and Co-Chief
Operating Officer of the New York Stock Exchange, testified
as follows to the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services:
"...we have implemented new hiring standards requiring former
law enforcement or military backgrounds for the security staff...We
have established a 24-hour NYPD Paid Detail monitoring the
perimeter of the data centers...We have implemented traffic
control and vehicle screening at the checkpoints. We have
installed fixed protective planters and movable vehicle barriers."
Paid NYPD 24-7? Checkpoints? Vehicle barriers? ...
In his testimony, the NYSE executive Britz states that "we"
did this or that while describing functions that clearly belong
to the City of New York. The New York Stock Exchange at that
time had not yet gone public and was owned by those who had
purchased seats on the exchange - primarily, the largest firms
on Wall Street. Did the NYSE simply give itself police powers
to barricade streets and set up checkpoints with rented cops?
How about clubbing protesters on the sidewalk?
is exactly what the ultra-rich who control the New York
Stock Exchange did - confer upon themselves the power
to barricade PUBLIC streets and set up checkpoints
with rented cops - again, with the power to arrest. This
kind of naked power grab by the ultra-rich gives evidence
- if any was really needed - as to the extent the ultra-rich
have arrogated bare, brutal police power unto themselves.
And these are the people that Christians
have allied themselves? YES! - these are the people!!
NY city police - acting at the behest of the banks and other Wall Street firms - setting up barricades around the stock exchange to keep the away.
Just six months before NYSE executive Britz' testimony to a
congressional committee, his organization was being sued in
the Supreme Court of New York County for illegally taking over
public streets with no authority to do so. This action had crippled
the business of a parking garage, Wall Street Garage Parking
Corp., the plaintiff in the case. Judge Walter Tolub said in
his opinion that -
"...a private entity, the New York
Stock Exchange, has assumed responsibility for the patrol
and maintenance of truck blockades located at seven intersections
surrounding the NYSE...no formal authority appears to have
been given to the NYSE to maintain these blockades and/or
conduct security searches at these checkpoints...the
closure of these intersections by the NYSE is tantamount to
a public nuisance...The NYSE has yet to provide this court
with any evidence of an agreement giving them the authority
to maintain the security perimeter and/or conduct the searches
that their private security force conducts daily. As such,
the NYSE's actions are unlawful and may be enjoined as they
violate plaintiff's civil rights as a private citizen." ...
Wall Street lawyers appealed the case, and won - essentially
giving private wall street firms the ability to control the
streets around Wall Street and the stock exchange.
obviously, the collusion between the judiciary in NYC
(especiaaly its appellate divisions) and the big Wall
Street firms was on display here for all to see. Sadly,
this is exactly the kind of collusion that America's churches
have entered into with America's ultra-rich. [Please
see our article, "The
Rich Have Seized Control of the Church."]
We may be learning a lot more in the future about the tactics
Wall Street and the NYPD have deployed against the Occupy Wall
Street protestors. The highly regarded Partnership for Civil
Justice Fund has filed a class action lawsuit over the approximately
700 arrests made on the Brooklyn Bridge on October 1.
The organization was founded by Carl Messineo and Mara Verheyden-Hilliard.
The Washington Post has called them "the constitutional
sheriffs for a new protest generation."
The suit names Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Kelly,
the City of New York, 30 unnamed members of the NYPD, and,
provocatively, 10 unnamed law enforcement officers not employed
by the NYPD.
Protesters trying to cross the Brooklyn Bridge: note
the presence of the "White Shirts."
The lawsuit lays out what has been curtailing the constitutional
rights of protestors for a very long time in New York City:
"As seen in the movements for social change in the Middle
East and Europe, all movements for social justice, jobs, and
democracy need room to breathe and grow and it is imperative
that there be a halt to law enforcement actions used to shut
down mass assembly and free expression of the people seeking
to redress grievances...
"After escorting and leading a group of demonstrators
and others well out onto the Brooklyn Bridge roadway, the
NYPD suddenly and without warning curtailed further forward
movement, blocked the ability of persons to leave the Bridge
from the rear, and arrested hundreds of protestors in the
absence of probable cause. This was a form of entrapment,
both illegal and physical.
"That the trap and detain mass arrest
was a command-level-driven intentional and calculated police
operation is evidenced by the fact that the law enforcement
officials who led the demonstration across the bridge were
command officials, known as 'white shirts.' "
In April 2001, I was arrested and incarcerated by the NYPD
while peacefully handing out flyers on a public sidewalk outside
of the Citigroup shareholders meeting - flyers that warned of
growing corruption inside the company. (The unlawful merger
of Travelers Group and Citibank created Citigroup and resulted
in the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, the depression era
investor protection legislation that barred depositor banks
from merging with high-risk Wall Street firms. Many of us from
social justice groups in New York City had protested against
the repeal but were out-maneuvered by Wall Street's political
pawns in Washington.)
Out of a group of about two dozen protestors ... I was the
only person arrested. There was no civil disobedience occurring
... Chained to a metal bar inside the police precinct, I was
grilled on any crimes I might know about. I responded that the
only crimes I knew about were listed on the flyer and apparently,
in New York City, one gets arrested for disclosing crimes by
Wall Street firms.
A mysterious, mature, white shirted
inspector who ordered my arrest on the sidewalk, and refused
to give his first name, disappeared from the police report when
it was filed, blaming the arrest instead on a young police officer.
Citigroup is only alive today because the Federal government
inserted a feeding tube into Citigroup and infused over $2 trillion
in loans, direct investment and guarantees as the company veered
The NYPD at the time of my arrest
was run by Bernard Kerik - the man President George W.
Bush later sent to Iraq to be the interim Interior Minister
and train Iraqi police.
should take very careful note of this fact: THE GOVERNMENT
IS NOW EMPLOYING THE SAME GOONS AGAINST AMERICAN CITIZENS
THAT IT USES TO "POLICE" AND BRUTALIZE ITS CLIENT-STATES.
Kerik as a decorated NYC Police officer; Kerik being
appointed to take control of all "police functions"
in Iraq; Kerik in Iraq. THE SAME PEOPLE WHO
HAVE BEEN BRUTALIZING THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ ARE NOW BRUTALIZING
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
The President subsequently nominated Kerik to head the Department
of Homeland Security for the entire nation. The nation was
spared of that eventuality only because of an illegal nanny
popping up. Today, Kerik is serving a four year sentence in
Federal prison for a variety of criminal acts.
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