REPRINTED FROM MARK CRISPIN MILLER’S News from Underground:
*My Occupy LA Arrest, by Patrick Meighan*
My name is Patrick Meighan, and Iï¿½m 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…
Thank you for letting me share that anger with you today.