From Redeye in Alabama:
While everyone was focused on the police brutality directed to the Occupy Movement protesters in Oakland, California, the same stuff was happening right in our back yard in Nashville, Tennessee. Here is a run down thanks to the Tennessee Progressive Blogging Community.
Last night, a working member of the press was arrested covering the mass arrests at Occupy Nashville. I like to call this a “PR nightmare” which should be Gov. Bill Haslam and Bill Gibbons safe word right now.
Yet that’s what happened in the early morning hours, as Metro Night Court Judge Tom Nelson told the troopers who arrested 25 peaceful Occupy Nashville protesters at midnight on Legislative Plaza — along with Scene reporter Jonathan Meador, who was attempting to get off the plaza when he was cuffed and hauled off — that the curfew being enforced at the Capitol had no constitutional grounds whatsoever.
I find it to be amusing in a not so funny way our governor was in Memphis this week visiting the Civil Rights Museum.
A few things I’ve noticed is that political persuasion doesn’t mean beans right now when it come to the public outcry from Tennesseans. One thing that cannot be controlled is passion. I say it entirely too much but to quote Maya Angelou, it’s not what you say or what you do, it’s how you make people feel.
BREAKING: Night Court Judge researches and rules that he can find no authority to charge Occupy Nashville with curfew violation
Around midnight Friday/Saturday, the Twitter stream reported that Tennessee Highway Patrol conducted another raid of Legislative Plaza to arrest Occupy Nashville protesters who refused to let last night’s raid deter them from returning to occupy the plaza in dutiful defiance of Governor Bill Haslam’s arbitrary 10pm nightly curfew. Several reports from on-site revealed that a Nashville Scene reporter, Jonathan Meador, was cuffed and taken away, too. When a fellow reporter inquired about the detainment of Meador a THP officer replied, “You want to be next?” One observer reported that while rounding up protesters, THP allowed well-dressed TPAC ticket-holders to pass through the plaza after the curfew was in effect.
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