My Occupy LA Arrest by Patrick Meighan


My name is Patrick Meighan, and I’m a husband, a father, a writer on the Fox animated sitcom “Family Guy”, and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica.

I was arrested at about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning with 291 other people at Occupy LA. I was sitting in City Hall Park with a pillow, a blanket, and a copy of Thich Nhat Hanh’s “Being Peace” when 1,400 heavily-armed LAPD officers in paramilitary SWAT gear streamed in. I was in a group of about 50 peaceful protestors who sat Indian-style, arms interlocked, around a tent (the symbolic image of the Occupy movement). The LAPD officers encircled us, weapons drawn, while we chanted “We Are Peaceful” and “We Are Nonviolent” and “Join Us.”

As we sat there, encircled, a separate team of LAPD officers used knives to slice open every personal tent in the park. They forcibly removed anyone sleeping inside, and then yanked out and destroyed any personal property inside those tents, scattering the contents across the park. They then did the same with the communal property of the Occupy LA movement. For example, I watched as the LAPD destroyed a pop-up canopy tent that, until that moment, had been serving as Occupy LA’s First Aid and Wellness tent, in which volunteer health professionals gave free medical care to absolutely anyone who requested it. As it happens, my family had personally contributed that exact canopy tent to Occupy LA, at a cost of several hundred of my family’s dollars. As I watched, the LAPD sliced that canopy tent to shreds, broke the telescoping poles into pieces and scattered the detritus across the park. Note that these were the objects described in subsequent mainstream press reports as “30 tons of garbage” that was “abandoned” by Occupy LA: personal property forcibly stolen from us, destroyed in front of our eyes and then left for maintenance workers to dispose of while we were sent to prison.

Read More

Please read and share this Family Guy writer’s account of being arrested at OccupyLA.

  1. ireadandstuff reblogged this from darcibastiaan
  2. jackdaws-historybook reblogged this from wilwheaton
  3. agparetta reblogged this from darcibastiaan
  4. needssleepbadly reblogged this from darcibastiaan and added:
    It just keeps going
  5. laure-70-ilg442 reblogged this from dombrassey
  6. fuckyeahilike reblogged this from longlivecanapes
  7. nerdyface reblogged this from amadisaesthete
  8. umetnica reblogged this from darcibastiaan
  9. norcalnoise reblogged this from darcibastiaan
  10. kishmet reblogged this from darcibastiaan
  11. bounddreamer reblogged this from darcibastiaan
  12. qu0tidian reblogged this from darcibastiaan
  13. mambo-no69 reblogged this from itsvondell
  14. akigriffin reblogged this from basukerotics
  15. jumpinitsonlyfire reblogged this from iknowyouknewthatiknew
  16. realbadbadger reblogged this from darcibastiaan
  17. darcibastiaan posted this