Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has lauded the raid of the Occupy LA encampment as “peaceful and orderly” and praised the LAPD for their professionalism and restraint. But in an open letter to the Culver City Crossroads tells a very different story.
Patrick Meighan, a writer for the FOX series Family Guy, was one of 292 Occupy LA protesters arrested in front of City Hall during last week’s raid. And according to his account, excessive force was used on protesters, himself included:
I… informed the LAPD officers that I would go peacefully and cooperatively. I stood as instructed, and then I had my arms wrenched behind my back, and an officer hyperextended my wrists into my inner arms. It was super violent, it hurt really really bad, and he was doing it on purpose. When I involuntarily recoiled from the pain, the LAPD officer threw me face-first to the pavement. He had my hands behind my back, so I landed right on my face.