How to Get the Cops to Protect You

Now is the time to get cops on board with the OWS movement — especially now that Alternet has broken the story that (editor’s note: this discovery was originally attributed to an Alternet piece. we’ve since been informed that this is incorrect. however we’d like to point out that the source was a post by Mark Crispin Miller, “Private cop organization, linked to DHS, helped plan raids on OWS nationwide,” which indeed listed Alternet as its source: http://bit.ly/usc9Dk) municipal police are being pushed around by a shadowy private policing consultancy affiliated with DHS. If you study any closing society decent people get handed monstrous orders and are forced to comply, and right now municipal police are being forced to comply with brutal orders from this corporate police consultancy, by economic pressure.

When I was in Zuccotti Park last week I thanked the cops each personally for standing peacefully by while citizens exercised first amendment rights and thought they could not say anything many faces softened, smiled and seemed relieved not to be demonized…it is hard for cops to be put in positions that dehumanize them too and psychologically traumatizing to be forced to act against their morals. This is a war and they are forced into front lines they did not choose. So Occupy, and everyone, be kind to the cops whenever you can please, thank them when they are non-violent, reach out to them.

Most importantly: I would say it would be VERY powerful for an OWS representative (NOT A LEADER! JUST A ROLE!) to reach out to the policemens’ benevolent associations in each city and try to find common ground. Even if you can’t get decent ground rules it will have a softening effect. Also the OWS rep should ask: ” how can we help you…?” There are thing cops need too that Occupy could help deliver.

What most citizens don’t fully understand is that hardball politics behind the scenes is not about confrontation — it is about waging favors. Most effective it is veiled confrontation (what can that group conceivably do to me if I make them angry?) combined with overt offers of favors (what can they get for me?) Occupy is in a very powerful position if they only begin to understand this. If If you REALLY want to know how the game is played — a game that is being played right now AGAINST you — you would have the OWS reps in every city go to a meeting with police benevolent association with your LOCAL REGISTERED VOTER LISTS in hand and say, “we want to put better pay and retirement for cops and other first responders on the ballot and are willing to get out the vote for this.”

This will work miracles. THEN THEY ARE BEING COURTED BY TWO PAYMASTERS.. that gives them freedom they don’t now have to resist orders to be brutal — .then they have a way to NOT listen to Chase Bloomberg DHS etc because YOU have their back and they have an alternative to beating the sh– out of you — Chase is seeking them out, and offering them 3.6 million in ‘help’, you seek them out and offer a get out the vote drive that is worth millions more to them — YOU become their constituency and their allies AGAINST the banks, shadowy police consultancy, DHS etc — that is how the big boys play. This will literally save lives, not to mention make OWS or other citizen groups an unstoppable force.

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26 Responses to “How to Get the Cops to Protect You”

  1. avatar Mike Adams says:

    Hi Ms. Wolfe. What is the consultancy you are referring to here and what is the name of the article on Alternet? I have been unable to find it.

    “Local police are being pushed around by a shadowy private policing consultancy affiliated with DHS.”

    Thanks,
    Mike Adams

  2. avatar LessSaid says:

    I haven’t seen too many police that identify with what the OWS is doing. I mostly see the 99%ers saying police need to know that we do not consider them enemies. I don’t see it the other way around. In the end, just like in Egypt, more police will do the work of the 1%, unless we have some power to give or direct the actions of the police. Anything else is just dreams regardless of who says it. You see the police is somewhat like Scott Walker, he isn’t a 1%er, but he is a deliver of their desires and bidding. Currently the police are mostly corporate own and mostly will carry out the wants and/or needs of their benefactors

  3. […] have been a lot of dark ruminations that such an effort is underway – notably by Naomi Wolf in an error-filled blog-post and a somewhat bizarre column for The Guardian in which Wolf takes an enormous leap away from any […]

  4. avatar Bo Chagnon says:

    We held a silent action holding signs which had principles which we wanted to be considered at an upcoming City Council meeting discussion.
    After we were finished the police officer assigned to protect the participants said he was impressed with how polite we were. His demeanor revealed respect. He read the signs.
    Respect breaks through the filters we have which screen out messages from the “other”.

  5. avatar Anonymous says:

    OK, but that’s an article specifically discrediting Naomi Wolf’s accusations.

  6. […] been a lot of dark ruminations that such an effort is underway – notably by Naomi Wolf in an error-filled blog-post and a somewhat bizarre column for The Guardian in which Wolf takes an enormous leap away from […]

  7. […] on November 22, in an error-riddled post on her personal blog, Naomi Wolf picked up the torch: Now is the time to get cops on board with the OWS movement — especially now that Alternet has broken the story that municipal police are being pushed […]

  8. […] on November 22, in an error-riddled post on her personal blog, Naomi Wolf picked up the torch: Now is the time to get cops on board with the OWS movement — especially now that Alternet has broken the story that municipal police are being pushed […]

  9. […] have been a lot of dark ruminations that such an effort is underway – notably by Naomi Wolf in an error-filled blog-post and a somewhat bizarre column for The Guardian in which Wolf takes an enormous leap away from any […]

  10. […] that, the writer/political consultant/whatever known as Naomi Wolf (NOT Naomi Klein!), wrote both a blog post and an opinion piece in the Guardian that assume the truth of the  article, going even further […]

  11. avatar S2C says:

    The Mayors get elected by the people of the city, not the “corporations”. They are cracking down because normal people don’t support OWS (not to say that they disagree with everything OWS is doing). So, to keep popular support, the mayors need to crack down. Also, when the police order a protester to do something, and the protester responds by physically pushing back, they should go to jail by any means necessary. Without respect for the police, we effectively have no laws.

  12. […] the writer/political consultant/whatever known as Naomi Wolf (NOT Naomi Klein!), wrote both a blog post and an opinion piece in the Guardian that assume the truth of such a conspiracy, going even […]

  13. […] the writer/political consultant/whatever known as Naomi Wolf (NOT Naomi Klein!), wrote both a blog post and an opinion piece in the Guardian that present such a conspiracy as fact, going even further […]

  14. […] How to Get the Cops to Protect You Now is the time to get cops on board with the OWS movement — especially now … [that we know] municipal police are being pushed around by a shadowy private policing consultancy affiliated with DHS. If you study any closing society decent people get handed monstrous orders and are forced to comply, and right now municipal police are being forced to comply with brutal orders from this corporate police consultancy, by economic pressure. … What most citizens don’t fully understand is that hardball politics behind the scenes is not about confrontation — it is about waging favors. Most effective it is veiled confrontation (what can that group conceivably do to me if I make them angry?) combined with overt offers of favors (what can they get for me?) Occupy is in a very powerful position if they only begin to understand this. […]

  15. avatar rob says:

    it sounds like a lot of people in the u.s. still do not get it. i own 3 retail stores in 2 different states. businesses, both big and small, are struggling right now, and have been for a few years.

    people who still have “regular” jobs can be disconnected from the from what is going on behind the scenes – because all they see is the fact that they are still receiving their paychecks. just because you are getting a paycheck does not mean that the rest of the world is “ok”.

    whether or not you agree with the movements going on – people still have the right to stand up for what they believe. i would venture to say that most of these people would rather be working, inside where it is warm, and safe – not outside where they know they could get arrested or injured. so- think about that for a minute.

    i believe that naomi was simply trying to tell the readers that we should work with the local law officials – not against them. it would be harder for the officers to want to harm you if they knew you on a first name basis – or if they knew you efforts were actually trying to benefit everyone around.

  16. avatar kristen williams says:

    Just posting a random comment:
    I Love it when people speak up in spite of the immense pressure in this culture to always be “reasonable” to a dangerous fault. When we are always told with every heinous atrocity that a situation is “very complicated”, my response is: No. It is very simple to a mother who just lost her child to a drone attack. It is not complicated. Stop killing. Period. Stop paying for killing. Stop voting for killing. Stop pretending the U.S. is somehow NOT killing every single day. Stop pretending the U.S. cares one wit for human rights. It doesn’t.
    But most people don’t want to be bothered with the truth. It makes things uncomfortable. And when someone has the courage to speak the truth he or she will most certainly be cast out as an extremist or as “insane”.
    Carry on, people, and always seek to identify and question your cultural conditioning.

  17. avatar Michael says:

    Wow, what a great article. Focussing on solutions, and reaslising that we do have power. :)

  18. avatar Bodhibbb says:

    yes yes yes! absolutely right on. thanks Naomi!

  19. avatar mbl says:

    A link to the article is on Mark Crispin Miller’s site here: http://markcrispinmiller.com/2011/11/private-cop-organization-linked-to-dhs-helped-plan-raids-on-ows-nationwide/
    Thanks, Ms. Wolf, for exposing this. Don’t know why anyone wd find it diff to believe. I think a lot of ppl do know what is going on but are just afraid. DHS was set up (along with the Patriot Act and now the NDAA) to keep the people in line.

    Read about InfraGard then CointelPro. Here are some links to check out: http://www.progressive.org/node/6052/ http://www.mafhoum.com/press2/74P7.htm

    Most ppl do support the Occupy movement, so mayors aren’t responding to what the majority of ppl want. They’re only responding to their constituents–a wealthy minority of people, i.e., the one percent. The majority of us are poor or middle class and we support Occupy because pretty soon most of us will have to live in tents whether we like it or not.

  20. avatar mbl says:

    BTW, the police have been supportive of the occupy in my city. The mayor and city officials have left occupy alone for the most part. (But then again, my own criticism of occupy in my city is that it hasn’t been doing much of anything, so that could be why–they just aren’t posing a threat to the status quo.)

  21. avatar DR KELLY says:

    Luke 19:13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

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