'Family Guy' Guy Busted at Occupy L.A.

Cartoon writer pens real-life saga of cops and incarceration.

'The cops have tanks, they have M-16s, now aeroplanes! What's so scary about a camp of scruffy dreamers with MacBooks and drum circles?' (Image Property of Fox)

Dec 7, 2011
Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

Moral indignation and ethical outrage can be shrill and off-putting stances, but not in the hands of a professional. Patrick Meighan is, as he tells it, “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.”

Meighan is also the type of family guy who felt duty-bound to support America’s Occupy movement—in person. He was among an arm-linked circle of likeminded concerned citizens at the Occupy encampment in Los Angeles’s City Hall Park last Wednesday, around 1 a.m., when 1,400 LAPD officers descended with the precision of an elite military squadron and the intentions of drunken high-school vandals.

Meighan seems to lose his temper when the topic shifts to former Citigroup CEO Charles Prince.

Meighan’s account of the wrenching apart of peaceful protesters, of his paddy wagon ride along, and his 25 hours in jail is a controlled exercise in reasoned rage, but he seems to lose his temper when the topic shifts to former Citigroup CEO Charles Prince.

Here’s a bit, but the whole thing deserves to be read at Meighan’s blog:

What does it say about our country that nonviolent protesters are given the bottom of a police boot while those who steal hundreds of billions, do trillions worth of damage to our economy and shatter our social fabric for a generation are not only spared the zipcuffs but showered with rewards?

One thing Mr. Meighan finally clears up? The mystery of how Occupy Los Angeles “abandoned” 30 tons of garbage. Spoiler alert!

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.

Keep watching TakePart for a coming video series documenting the intentions and methods of the people who troubled themselves to camp in City Hall Park.


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