After the NYPD clashed with demonstrators at the Occupy Wall Street protests in Times Square Saturday night, an Iraq war vet named Sgt. Shamar Thomas gave the cops a piece of his mind. It seems Thomas, who served with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion USMC in Iraq, didn't exactly dig the way the NYPD dealt with the crowd:

On his YouTube channel, Thomas writes, "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."

Setting aside the U.S. military's history of brutalizing the natives, some on the left are hailing Sgt. as an instant hero, with at least one observer elevating him to the level of a lefty Joe the Plumber.

For a different perspective, look no further than NYPD Rant, where one commenter asks, "There is no honor in what? Posturing in front of the camera in a self righteous rant specifically to taunt the Police into a confrontation and when the Police kindly ask you to move on, saying to the cameras 'they scared' is honorable? Listen guy, if indeed you were in Iraq serving our country than thank you but shut the fck up and show a little respect to our uniform and stay out of the street, stop blocking the sidewalk and keep moving when we tell you to."