Detroit Police and the Occupy Movement » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
In the last analysis the police are like a domestic military force and like the military have been trained and paid to respond in the interests of the 1% rather than the 99%. This is true even though they themselves are a part of the 99%. However there is hope that there will be restraint and defections. It’s interesting to note, for example, that in the last week or so when faced with a reduction in pay by the financially strapped City of Detroit, some police took a page from the Occupation handbook and conducted a sick-in, refusing to report for duty. They were suspended as a result, but it’s just like being arrested, there’s a price to pay for standing up for your rights.