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Retired Philly Police Captain Arrested In NY ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Rally Warned

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Raymond Lewis, retired Philadelphia police captain, speaks with protesters in Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. (credit: Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Raymond Lewis, retired Philadelphia police captain, speaks with protesters in Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. (credit: Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A retired Philadelphia police captain arrested in uniform during Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City is getting a warning from police and union officials.

Philadelphia police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has sent a cease and desist letter to retired Capt. Raymond Lewis. Ramsey says Lewis has every right to protest but shouldn’t be doing it in a police uniform.

The commissioner said Thursday it doesn’t matter whether it’s a demonstration for Occupy Wall Street or another cause.

Ramsey says it’s disrespectful and could lead people to assume Lewis is making a statement on behalf of the police department.

Lewis says the local Fraternal Order of Police union has filed a grievance stemming from last month’s incident. A union spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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