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IN THE TUBES: SCENE REPORTER CAPTURES OWN ARREST ON VIDEO #OCCUPYNASHVILLE

Scene reporter Jonathan Meader was arrested the night of 28 October while covering the Occupy Nashville protests at Legislative Plaza during the THP’s second late-night crackdown.

Does he sound drunk to you? Because he doesn’t to us. And this was what the THP charged Meader with in a world-wide broadcast. You can hear the officer claim Meader is “resisting arrest.” Unfortunately for any sound argument from the THP, this is immediately after Meader clearly says

“Sorry, I’m getting off [the plaza]… I’m a member of the media.”

The scene that night was eerily reminiscient of that at Occupy Boston a couple weeks ago… with protestors linking arms, the police issuing a warning to clear the area by midnight, and “troopers slamming Meador to the ground from behind and rendering him helpless” … the same thing that happened to me when I was pushed to the ground after I saying I was leaving the area after recording the BPD attacking Veterans for Peace.

What happened to the First Amendment’s freedom of the press? To being able to cover actions of the government without fear of arrest?

Guess they’re being pushed and shoved aside like us Occupy reporters.

Luckily, we’ve still got flip-cams, smart phones, and YouTube on our side.

BACK to all of the Dig’s #Occupy coverage.

About LAUREN METTER

Lauren Metter is from Allentown, PA. Jokes about Amish people and Billy Joel will be greeted with a Lauren Metter Look of Death.
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