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Ear to the Ground

My Occupy L.A. Arrest

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Posted on Dec 8, 2011
AP / Lucy Nicholson

A Los Angeles police officer points his weapon at protesters in a tree as officers dismantle the Occupy L.A. encampment outside City Hall last month.

Patrick Meighan is a husband, a father, and a “Family Guy” sitcom writer who was among the 292 people arrested when the cops raided the Occupy Los Angeles encampment early on Nov. 30. As his powerful testimony makes clear, that was actually not “the LAPD’s finest hour,” as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proclaimed later that day.

Meighan’s story of spending two abusive days in police custody despite having money for bail is bad enough, but that’s not his main point. Rather, he contrasts the treatment he and other peaceful protesters received at the hands of law enforcement officers with certain perpetrators of hugely destructive financial crimes who walk free—with huge bonuses to boot. “Now let’s talk about a man who was not arrested last Wednesday,” Meighan writes. “He is former Citigroup CEO Charles Prince.”

Thus begins a scathing indictment of Prince and his fellow fraudsters on Wall Street in this must-read piece. Click the link after the excerpt below to get the full blast.  —KA

My Occupy L.A. Arrest, by Patrick Meighan:

Citigroup spent years intentionally buying up every bad mortgage loan it could find, creating bad securities out of those bad loans and then selling shares in those bad securities to duped investors. And then they sometimes secretly bet *against* their *own* bad securities to make even more money. For one such bad Citigroup security, Citigroup executives were internally calling it, quote, “a collection of dogshit”. To investors, however, they called it, quote, “an attractive investment rigorously selected by an independent investment adviser”.

This is fraud, and it’s a felony, and the Charles Princes of the world spent several years doing it again and again: knowingly writing bad mortgages, and then packaging them into fraudulent securities which they then sold to suckers and then repeating the process. This is a big part of why your property values went up so fast. But then the bubble burst, and that’s why our economy is now shattered for a generation, and it’s also why your home is now underwater. Or at least mine is.

Anyway, if your retirement fund lost a decade’s-worth of gains overnight, this is why.

If your son’s middle school has added furlough days because the school district can’t afford to keep its doors open for a full school year, this is why.

If your daughter has come out of college with a degree only to discover that there are no jobs for her, this is why.

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By guysorow, December 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment

Nice of you to forgive LApd for their abuse,  but let me correct you. It is not
the job of a police officer to cause physical harm to a non threat. Nor is it
their job to destroy property that poses no threat. If you want to forgive
thhats your biz,  but don’t confuse proper police proceedure with
intentional abuse. You do no service to anyone,  especially those who have
endured this crap for hundreds of years. Its nice being white I guess.

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By joey, December 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm Link to this comment
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Are we at war yet ? 
Assaults on our democracy that should not be ignored.

Voter suppression laws
Koch brothers activities..ALEC
Right wing assault on state government
Supreme court decision
Rove attack on voting count
Fox take over of media
Wall Street bale out
Bush administration skate

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By BIGTHOUGHT, December 9, 2011 at 9:47 am Link to this comment

MIC CHECK!!!!! NEW MUSIC inspired by the occupy wall st
movement, shout outs to all involved around the world,
no matter the opinion or what side of the political
fence you sit on, one must admit, something is wrong,
and the people must unite and rise
up.http://youtu.be/WoENqSS-8sU

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By grokker, December 8, 2011 at 8:53 pm Link to this comment

Gosh, now I’m really confused! I thought IMax keeps telling us about how violent those pesky occupiers are, and look, once again, most of the violence is coming from the police.

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By YoungGringos, December 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm Link to this comment

“What does it say about our country?”,
Patrick asks. 
Surely nothing we did not already know.

The brilliance of America is its middle class.  Throw the middle class an occasional bone, allow them the illusion they could make good, and they will permit elites to perpetrate unspeakable crimes against the lower class. 
This time the middle class got caught up in a Wall St. scheme intended to further impoverish the poor.  Hey, that’s the risk of swimming with sharks. A little blood in the water can provoke a feeding frenzy.

If the poor had been the only ones burned in this sordid affair would we even be talking about it? For more non-news let’s go to our reporter in Durban, South Africa where the U.S. is once again impeding progress on climate change….....

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By Mo, December 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment
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Article at Truthout - Occupy the Police State

http://www.truth-out.org/occupy-police-state/1323354633

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By Conscience, December 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment

Thanks to Patrick Meighan and the others arrested who
have put their own health and lives on the line to
stand up for democracy vs corporate/fascism.

And, thanks to gerard ...

QUOTE—and is our last hope for regaining rational control over our runaway autocratic government/corporate system. It has to be made crystal clear that the right to nonviolent protest for change cannot and wlll not be suppressed by the cruelty and ignorance of militarization.UNQUOTE

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By robjira, December 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment

Well said, gerard.

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By gerard, December 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment

Thank you, Patrick Meighan and all the others who suffered this abuse with you.  All of you did this for me and for millions of others who, for many reasons, could not or would not joing you and Occupy LA.  This narrative should get the widest possible circulation to let the many people who justify such mistreatment because they do not understand what is happening, and why.  The Occupy Movement appears to have come just in time, and is our last hope for regaining rational control over our runaway autocratic government/corporate system. It has to be made crystal clear that the right to nonviolent protest for change cannot and wlll not be suppressed by the cruelty and ignorance of militarization.
  Take hope, all you Occupiers.  Already you have not only raised the important questions to wide public attention, but you are also establishing the possibility of a human future on planet earth.

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