Black and Blue: The Ray Lewis Interview
by Saab Lofton
What a difference a decade makes! In 1985, Ronald (SIX letters) Wilson (SIX letters) Reagan (SIX letters) flirted with nuclear holocaust and Apartheid was runnin' wild, but by 1995, the Cold War was (officially) over and a liberated South Africa elected political prisoner, Nelson Mandela, as its president.
Likewise, in 2003, I was still convalescing from having been a victim of police violence ...
... and now; ten years later, I'm grateful for those officers who regularly order my NOISY neighbors to lower their stereos. Oh, doN'T get me wrong: I'm all too painfully aware of the pigs' various atrocities ...
... but thankfully, there's an exception to (nearly) every rule. Case in point: When I found out that retired police officer Ray Lewis was arrested for protesting alongside the Occupy Movement ...
... I befriended this unique individual via Facebook and here's our interview ...
Saab Lofton: What was the extent of your political involvement prior to being arrested at the protest that made you famous?
Ray Occupy Lewis: Local politics.
Saab Lofton: Aside from being chastised for wearing a full dress uniform during the aforementioned arrest, has your career in law enforcement been affected by this recent activism (even though you're retired)?
Ray Occupy Lewis: No.
Saab Lofton: Hailing from Philadelphia, how familiar are you with the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal?
Ray Occupy Lewis: I have doubts about whether he received a fair trial after reading "Justice On Trial" by David Lindorff.
Saab Lofton: Since you're a former police officer, of all occupations, how welcome has the left made you feel -- especially given the history of subterfuge such as COINTELPRO ..?
Ray Occupy Lewis: A lot of suspicion in the beginning. A lot less as time went by.
Saab Lofton: The consensus of the left can be summed up with this quip from Michael Moore's documentary, The Big One: "One evil empire down [Stalinist Russia], one to go." Do you see America as imperialistic?
Ray Occupy Lewis: Absolutely.
Saab Lofton: How does it feel when ...
a) activists are overheard calling the police "pigs"
and / or
b) wannabe revolutionaries are overheard demanding that there be an armed insurrection in America?
Ray Occupy Lewis: a) don't like it, and will separate myself from them.
b) they'd be crushed.
Saab Lofton: NON-lethal weaponry is a passion of mine -- is it one of yours ..?
"Spider-Man has competition. A firm called Foster-Miller, based in Waltham, Mass., has created the WebShot, a 10-ft.-wide Kevlar net. Packed in a cartridge and fired from a special shotgun, the WebShot can entangle targets as far away as 30 feet. Bigger nets can work on bigger targets."
--Time Magazine, 7/21/02
"The first issue of the solo spin-off series Batman was notable ... for a story in which Batman shoots some monstrous giants to death. That story prompted editor Whitney Ellsworth to decree that the character could no longer kill or use a gun."
"When he has to use guns, The Lone Ranger never shoots to kill, but rather only to disarm his opponent as painlessly as possible."
... wouldn't requiring that our armed forces limit themselves to NON-lethal weapons prevent atrocities such as Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo, Timothy Stansbury Junior, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera?
Ray Occupy Lewis: Fully in favor of them.
... "fully in favor" of NON-lethal weapons, he says! As that McDonald's commercial would say, "I'm lovin' it!"