Following police clashes with Occupy protesters in Times Square, Sergeant Shamar Thomas, a New Yorker who served with the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion USMC in Iraq, told members of the NYPD that there’s no honor in hurting unarmed U.S. citizens whom he and his family fought to protect. Thomas’s mother also served in Iraq and his father in Afghanistan. Watch:
Thomas wrote the following on his YouTube channel:
I took an Oath that I live by. I am NOT anti-NYPD. I am anti-Police Brutality. I am no longer under contract with the USMC so I do NOT have to follow military uniform regulations. I DON'T affiliate myself with ANY GROUPS or POLITICAL ORG. I affiliate myself with the AMERICAN PEOPLE that's it. I REFUSE to affiliate with anything that SEPERATES. There is an obvious problem in the country and PEACEFUL PEOPLE should be allowed to PROTEST without Brutality. I was involved in a RIOT in Rutbah, Iraq 2004 and we did NOT treat the Iraqi citizens like they are treating the unarmed civilians in our OWN Country. No one was brutalized because our mission was to "WIN the hearts and minds", why should I expect anything less in my OWN Country.
In an interview with Keith Olbermann, Thomas compared his experience handling riots in Iraq with the situation in Times Square: