Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

“They Are Cracking Down Like This Because They Are Scared of the Movement”: Doctor Arrested by NYPD Speaks Out

Left Voice editor, doctor, and street medic Mike Pappas was arrested for violating curfew on Thursday night while marching against police brutality. He made this video at 2am Friday morning after he was released.

Mike Pappas

June 6, 2020
Facebook Twitter Share
PH: Luigi Morris/Left Voice

Mike Pappas is a frontline doctor and a reporter for Left Voice. On Thursday night, Mike was arrested by the NYPD while he was participating in the Black Lives Matter protest in the South Bronx. He was providing medical care to people injured with a group of his coworkers. Like thousands of other people in New York, he has been charged for breaking the curfew that De Blasio imposed to crush dissent. We must fight back these attacks from the state against the most basic democratic rights. 

Mike here, Physician, health care   worker, member of Left Voice just got out of the 40th precinct behind me. 

I was arrested today while acting as a medic at a protest in the Bronx with, Take Back the Bronx. I was just kept with up to 17 other people, at one point in an 8 by 10 cell, none of which had masks on. The police came in laughing at us every time we said ‘maybe we need masks while we are in here’. It was about 85 degrees in that cell was 17 people in there. None of the police had masks on, so, you know, when we brought that up they said, “Maybe you shouldn’t have been out on the street protesting”. Nobody would have to be out on the street protesting, if it weren’t for the racist ass system that is policing in the United States.

Ultimately what’s gonna happen is, this type of shit is gonna increase the spread of coronavirus and more people even die from this and, you know who’s gonna fucking have blood in their hands for that? It’s gonna be democrats, like Cuomo and De Blasio. With all their “vote them out, vote them blue” and all that shit, there’s no voting them out, there´s no voting blue. The system itself is completely corrupt, we need to destroy the entire system, the capitalist economic system is dependent on people like those people behind me upholding this type of system.

Some of the police when we were critiquing what we were doing were saying, “you know, not all the police are bad”, I’m sorry?! The entire system of policing is completely corrupt, it’s a completely racist system based on slave patrols and all police are bad. 

The NYPD’s budget should be defunded to zero. To zero. We don’t need any of them, we need to be out in the streets and people need to keep mobilizing. Cracking down like this is just showing that they are scared of this movement and we just need to make sure that this movement grows. Keep it up everybody!


Facebook Twitter Share

Mike Pappas

Mike is an activist and medical doctor working in New York City.

Labor Movement

Cargo ship crashing into a bridge in Baltimore on March 26, 2024.

Baltimore Bridge Collapse Reveals Unsafe Working Conditions for Immigrant Workers

Six Latine immigrant workers died in the March 26 bridge collapse in Baltimore. The accident exposed how capitalism perpetuates dangerous working conditions for many immigrants, and funds genocide over crumbling public infrastructure.

Julia Wallace

April 4, 2024

Self Organization and the Mexican Student Strike 

Left Voice member speaks about the massive 1999 Mexican student strike and the role of assemblies.

Jimena Vergara

March 30, 2024

“Our Big Push Was for Union Democracy and a Plan to Win”: An Interview with the Amazon Labour Union Democratic Reform Caucus

Two years after the historic victory at JFK8, Amazon workers voted in a referendum in their union. They want to hold new elections and revise the constitution, as part of a struggle to make ALU more democratic and militant. Left Voice spoke with two organizers to discuss the struggle in ALU.

Luigi Morris

March 20, 2024
A banner reads "Real Wages Or We Strike" at a rally for CUNY, which is experiencing cuts from Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul.

CUNY Faculty and Staff Have Gone One Year Without a Contract — It’s Time to Strike

CUNY workers have been without a new contract for a full year and the university has yet to make any economic offers. It's time to take action.

Olivia Wood

February 29, 2024


Thousands of Police Deployed to Shut Down Congress on Palestine in Berlin

This weekend, a Palestine Congress was supposed to take place in the German capital. But 2,500 police were mobilized and shut down the event before the first speech could be held. Multiple Jewish comrades were arrested.

Nathaniel Flakin

April 12, 2024

Liberal Towns in New Jersey Are Increasing Attacks on Pro-Palestine Activists

A group of neighbors in South Orange and Maplewood have become a reference point for pro-Palestine organizing in New Jersey suburbs. Now these liberal towns are upping repression against the local activists.

Samuel Karlin

April 12, 2024

“We Shouldn’t Let this Stop Us”: Suspended Columbia Student Activist Speaks Out

Aidan Parisi, a student at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, was recently suspended and has been threatened with eviction from their graduate student housing for pro-Palestinian activism on campus. Aidan talked to Left Voice about the state of repression, the movement at Columbia, and the path forward for uniting the student movement with the labor movement and other movements against oppression.

Left Voice

April 11, 2024

Fired by a German University for Solidarity with Palestine — Interview with Nancy Fraser

The University of Cologne canceled a guest professorship with the philosophy professor from The New School. In this interview, she speaks about Germany dividing between "Good Jews" and "Bad Jews," her politicization in the civil rights movement, and her time in an Israeli kibbutz.

Nathaniel Flakin

April 10, 2024