Retired Philly cop won’t be charged for protesting in uniform

    Philadelphia police say the retired captain who was arrested at an Occupy Wall Street demonstration won’t face legal consequences for protesting in his old uniform.

    Police spokesman Lt. Raymond Evers says Ray Lewis is entitled to exercise his First Amendment rights and will not be arrested for wearing his uniform at protests.
    Lewis was arrested in November wearing his dress uniform near the New York Stock Exchange as he took part in protests over corporate greed and corruption.

    Philadelphia police Commissioner Charles Ramsey had sent Lewis a letter in November demanding he stop wearing his old uniform in public.

    Lewis could still face consequences from the Fraternal Order of Police. The union tells the Inquirer he could be booted from its ranks and lose benefits.

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