Nashville Scene reporter Jonathan Meador was arrested while covering the Occupy Nashville protests in the capital Friday night. Why? Judging from the audiotape Meador had running in his pocket during the arrest, for no good reason at all. He was booked for "resisting arrest," though he told officers he was covering the event as a journalist and was attempting to leave the area. He was slammed to the ground and also booked for public intoxication, which also appears to be a trumped-up charge. Conservative blogger Bill Hobbs has written that Meador was not intoxicated and appeared to be cooperating with the officers.
Nashville Scene publisher Chris Ferrell has demanded an apology from Governor Haslam.