"It is not honorable to attack unarmed civilians who carry no weapons, who have no intent or ability to harm you," the veteran told more than 30 police officers — and subsequently the whole world, as video of his declaration went viral hours later. "It is not honorable to suppress the right to freedom of speech and freedom of association. You carry your badges and your guns and your authority because you are charged with protecting the innocent. We are the innocent. You are working for the criminals."

Chris Faraone can be reached atcfaraone@phx.com. Follow him on Twitter @fara1. His book on Occupy, 99 Nights with the 99 Percent, drops in February.

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