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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Remember United States Marine Corps. Sgt. Shamar “Thor” Thomas

Occupy Times Square participant Marine Sgt. Shamar Thomas’ bio

United States Marine Corps. Sgt. Shamar “Thor” Thomas is a veteran who attended the Occupy Times Square protest on Oct. 15, 2011, where he was recorded confronting 30 police officers for excessive force on peaceful protesters.

The video quickly went viral after being posted to YouTube. Sgt. Shamar Thomas shared this statement on his YouTube channel:
“I took an Oath that I live by. 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 SEPARATES. 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.”
Sgt. Shamar Thomas  joined the Marines in September 2003. His unit, the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, was deployed in 2004 and 2006. In 2004 he was in a provisional rifle platoon, where he saw combat in Operation Al Fahjr, the second battle of Fallujah. In 2006, Sgt. Shamar Thomas was the non-commission officer in charge of a small detention facility in Rutbah, Iraq, where he received a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, along with many other ribbons and medals. He was honorably discharged in September 2007.
United States Marine Corps. Sgt. Shamar "Thor" Thomas
United States Marine Corps. veteran Sgt. Shamar "Thor" Thomas
A self-described “army brat,” Sgt. Shamar Thomas and his mother both served in Iraq at the same time in 2004. Military service is a family affair — Sgt. Thomas’ stepfather also served for 24 years, his grandfather was a Vietnam veteran and the Director of Veterans Affairs of NYC for over 10 years and his great-grandfather served in the Navy during WWII.
Shamar is currently a student at Nassau Community College and plans on transferring to a four-year college in the fall. Active in his community, Shamar is a speaker at colleges and high schools — Shamar’s goal is to stop youth gang violence.
Sgt. Shamar Thomas’ reaction on YouTube to feedback on the video of his confrontation in Times Square:
“Hello ALL I am Overwhelmed with the SUPPORT and LOVE. I am new to this youtube subscription so I don’t know how to post pictures and other things. This is the ACTUAL Marine from the Video.
I served in the Marines from 03 to 07 and was HONORABLY discharged. I know people want proof. I will be on Keith Olbermann tonight and I will post another video Wednesday. Its me and I hope you guys keep the FIRE going. Peace and be well”
You can watch Shamar’s interview from the October 17, 2011 edition of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” below:

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