Caught On Camera of the Day: A reporter for the Tennessean alt-weekly Nashville Scene was arrested Friday night at the Occupy Nashville protests on Legislative Plaza, and managed to catch the entire sorry affair on camera.
In the mostly audio-only video, Jonathan Meador can be heard properly identifying himself to police as a member of the press before being shoved unapologetically to the ground and handcuffed.
A trooper is heard instructing a fellow officer to charge Meador with resisting arrest. Meador was later charged with public intoxication, despite several witnesses saying he was not drinking or drunk.
A judge promptly ordered the release of all arrested protesters, saying police did not provide Occupy Nashville with sufficient forewarning that overnight occupation of the plaza was banned. A Tennessee Highway Patrol spokeswoman told the Tennessean they plan to review the video and “will respond appropriately.”