News recently emerged that JP Morgan Chase donated $4.6 million to the New York Police Department. This explains the NYPD's behavior quite a lot when you look at it in terms of the Occupy Wall Street movement and the mass arrests of peaceful protestors. One of the large businesses the activists are protesting against is none other than JP Morgan Chase.
While officers with the NYPD are strictly forbidden from accepting donuts from the peaceful protesters, the department gleefully and gratefully accepted millions of dollars from the large financial institution. And people were wondering why the police were being complete jerks to those who represent the 99 percent of Americans who are struggling to make a life every day. Of course! The banksters paid 'em off! Is it really surprising, though? The best way for oligarchs to keep their serfs in line is to pay off and bribe those folks charged with "upholding" the law.
The problem with these arrests is that, by and large, they are being peaceful about it. And according to attorneys familiar with the law, Occupy Wall Street is perfectly legal. In fact, U.S. citizens have every right to protest, to gather in large groups to show their displeasure, as long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others. Now, some might say that those who were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge were infringing on motorists' rights to drive on the bridge. But folks who were there say that the police actually led them out onto the bridge, where they couldn't leave. Once there, the police had them trapped, and they were arrested, one by one. Some were even abused for the non-crime of filming officers in the line of duty. In fact, there is video of the police leading the crowd onto the bridge, where they were subsequently arrested.
The revolution has started against banksters and big business. Former military members are joining the movement, giving it more credibility. People are finally sitting up and taking notice. Why? Because they're fed up with being fed a bunch of lies. And yet, the financiers don't get it. While people were marching last week, the rich on Wall Street watched from the balconies, sipping champagne and laughing at the peons.
Image: Occupy Wall Street
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