Bo Diddley's son arrested in park named after Bo Diddley, during "Occupy Gainesville, FL"

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  1. D Wyatt says:

    America
    With just 5% of the worlds people, amazingly has 25% of the worlds prisoners!
    1 out of 20 People on earth are American.
    1 out of 4 Prisoners on earth are American!~?

    Land of the free my ass, give me some other lie to believe please!  I need something good to tell my children about America…..

  2. bcsizemo says:

    *sigh* Why do people think they can just do anything they want and it’s okay?  Laws are there for a reason most of the time.  If the park is closed after midnight, then it’s closed and that’s called trespassing. 

    These same people would be bitching if the city had no ordinance and the park was open to anyone at anytime.  Then vagrants could occupy the park and there isn’t much the city could do about it.

    Just cause it’s a PUBLIC park doesn’t mean there are rules to follow.

    • Rindan says:

      *sigh* Why do people think they can just do anything they want and it’s okay?  Laws are there for a reason most of the time.  If the park is closed after midnight, then it’s closed and that’s called trespassing.  

      Yes, laws are there for a reason.  The reason is that politicians like making laws.  Now, whether said laws make any sense or do anything useful, that would be an entirely different story.  Blindly following all laws is stupid, very dull, and for the most part impossible even if you really want to.

      Use your head.  Laws and justice have absolutely nothing to do with each other.  Follow the laws that make sense, violate the ones that don’t if you are cool with risking the consequences.  More importantly, smirk at self righteous pricks who can do the “but but but it is against the law to keep the vagrants out!” like that is a worthy explanation as to why cops should be pissing on the first amendment. 

    • atimoshenko says:

      It’s the “disobedience” part of “civil disobedience”. One breaks laws, the breaking of which does not hurt anybody and which one would not normally break. It’s what you do when you believe that you can no longer effect sufficient change through the ballot box, but when you don’t believe the government to be vicious, all-powerful Nazis.

      • bcsizemo says:

        I certainly get the idea of civil disobedience, but this isn’t like Rosa Parks.  Trespassing in a park at night is not breaking a law that has anything to do with their cause.  And then these people acted shocked and violated when the police follow those laws and arrest them. 

        It’s the exact same as people protesting outside of bank branches.  The people working there are your fellow citizens, and most likely not in a position that they can affect change in the company.  If OWS has a problem with BOA/Suntrust/Wells, ect.. take it up at their headquarters, the homes of the board of directors, CEO, ect..  The little people, or as you call them the other 99% are just trying to keep their jobs.

    • F_C_King says:

      I live in Toronto, Canada and our public parks are open 24 hours. Obviously if you are causing a disturbance at 4AM, the police will show up and ticket you (or ask you to quiet down or move on), but if you are just hanging out in a park at night, then you are unlikely to be bothered by them in my experience.

      It seems strange to me that public parks would have hours, especially in a place that purports to be the land of the free. Why not just let people use public parks whenever they like, and if they are causing a problem, then take care it with a legal response?

    • GlenBlank says:

      *sigh*  Why do people think their comments are useful, when it’s clear that THEY DIDN’T EVEN READ THE FRIGGING POST.

      They *don’t* think “they can just do anything they want and it’s okay.”

      They *knew* about the law – it says right there in the post that “they decided to get arrested.”

      They intentionally – and peacefully – violated a law in order to get arrested.  Because “Bo Diddley’s Son Arrested in Park Named After Bo Diddley” is a much more attention-grabbing headline than “Protesters in Gainsville March Peacefully, Go Home When Park Closes.”

      Nobody’s agitating for the legal right to hang around all night long in a park whenever they feel like it.  

      Are you really so dense that you don’t understand that? 

      Or are you just another huffing-and-puffing law’n’order troll?

      • bcsizemo says:

        Violating park rules, trespassing, and getting arrested has zero to do with their cause.

        Unless OWS has changed some of it’s demands I don’t remember freedom to assembly anywhere at anytime we please to be on their list.

        It’s just a way to get publicity.

        When OWS decides not to pay taxes and gets arrested then that will be for their cause.

        • GlenBlank says:

          It’s just a way to get publicity.

          Good golly, you really *don’t* get it, do you?

          Well, of course it’s a way to get publicity.

          What do you think a protest is?

          • bcsizemo says:

            Well in my mind a protest is something someone does that goes against a preset norm.  In doing so it shows that there is just reason to rethink a set of laws/rules/actions.  Or that certain rules may need to be created.  In most cases of OWS arrests (ones that are “peaceful” at least) they seem to stem from literally occupying spaces where they are not legally allowed to be.  Thus inferring they are protesting the right to assemble in these places at any time they choose.

            This isn’t semantics.  History doesn’t remember people who randomly get arrested for a reason that doesn’t pertain to that cause.  We don’t remember Rosa Parks because she was arrested for being in a park after close, we remember her because she spoke up and forced her right to sit where ever on the bus she wanted, thus violating a specific law of segregation.

            I’m not against OWS, but I don’t like to see these people turned into some kind of martyrs because they violated a law that has nothing to do with their issues.

      • Cowicide says:

        Are you really so dense that you don’t understand that?

        That’s the question for many of them, isn’t it?  Are they purposefully obtuse or just too dense to understand the point?

        As this poster (see below) has been making rounds, I’ve noticed one thing is pretty consistent with conservative detractors…  They flatly ignore the obvious point of the message and start inanely saying “it’s photoshopped!”.  An incredibly obtuse and/or dense statement to make.

        Especially when anyone with common sense can see the part of the picture on the right says, “5 years later” and it’s done with a Comic Sans font.  Unless I portend that the picture is “magic” and has teleported the poster on the right from the future; it’s very obvious it’s “photoshopped”.

        But, that’s what they do.  They don’t debate actual valid points of interest.  They either make obtuse statements that detract from valid points, throw out obtuse/inane/leading/obscure questions, or focus like a laser on trite semantics.  Anything…ANYTHING aside from actually debating valid points that really matter.

        The one positive that comes from our obtuse and/or dense sisters and brothers is that it makes them look stupid to the rest of us.  I just wish they had loftier goals in life than being obtuse human speed bumps to rational discussion.

        But, we knew they’d come in droves when this started and they’ll only continue to ramp up obtuse trolling as the movement grows.  I don’t know whether it’s best to pander to them and “correct” them or ignore them altogether.  But, I’ve found that the problem is if you actually ignore our obtuse friends here, it often emboldens them to be even more obtuse because they at least think they are derailing the message and are being successful trolls/human speed bumps.

        And I do think if their messages are left unchallenged and we just let their sockpuppets click “Like” on their own posts, it can possibly hurt the other points to the casual observers and even influence people negatively if they think this false, obtuse consensus is real consensus when it is not.

        It’s hard to say which ones are just stupid and merely have issues with making connections because of limited mental abilities… or the ones who are being purposefully obtuse with an agenda.  But, either way, they are basically trolls in obtuse sheep clothing trying to test our patience.  We’re smarter than they are and that’s why the movement continues to grow despite them.

        http://i.imgur.com/s0Us7.jpg

      • Welcome to information warfare. The opposition have Hollywood and all corporate news in their pocket (and much much more) but we are lean and effective. Please come back.

    • Keith Page says:

      Sometimes rules conflict. And greater rules trump lesser. Closing the park at midnight is a great idea if you need to keep people from camping in it, or screwing in the bushes. It servers a purpose on a daily basis. However at the point that people are trying to exercise change through non violent protest such a rule has no weight. It’s more important the people’s right to assemble is not blocked then that a midnight curfew is obeyed. Things have to be given their proper weight.

    • Vagrants? why don’t you step away from your religious and political dogma for just a second, and talk as a human.

    • 1BoDigitally1 says:

      Actually bcsizemo, they were not protesting in the fashion that you are speaking of, nor is it the kind of park you think it is. You have no idea that the homeless sleep there EVERY night. The police were just trying to exercise the “power” granted to law enforcement to prove to people like you, more money needs to be budgeted for arresting criminals who decide to become peaceful protesters.

    • 1BoDigitally1 says:

      Actually bcsizemo, they were not protesting in the fashion that you are speaking of, nor is it the kind of park you think it is. You have no idea that the homeless sleep there EVERY night. The police were just trying to exercise the “power” granted to law enforcement to prove to people like you, more money needs to be budgeted for arresting criminals who decide to become peaceful protesters.

    • Matthew Breeden says:

      Law and order in the face of legitimate protest is idiocy, and NOT what this country was founded on.  Laws can be illegitimate.  Legitimacy DOES NOT derive from authority.  It’s the other way around.

  3. Jakob Rooney says:

    While on the topic of children of famous musicians and protesting, just yesterday the grand0daughter of woodie guthrie performed for the occupation protestors on my campus in Burlington, VT. And at the end of the protest, a rainbow came out.

  4. travis says:

    Yeah, nothing’s backwards here. We live in totally reasonable times. The economy’s good too. Didn’t you hear? So everyone should just shut up and go home and stop complaining right? As far as the protesters breaking the laws, you know what, when the media doesn’t care about the left really, when the cops are more interested in protecting the bankers than teachers, sometimes we have to enact some real civil disobedience and shake things up a bit. Otherwise it’s just a bunch of people showing up and hanging out and then going home. And no one finds out about it. 

    But okay, let’s take a look at these laws shall we? What is the real crime here Wall Street gambling with our pensions or some peaceful protesters in a park playing music? Let’s prosecute the real criminals for once. But all that aside, I just feel bad for people who always follow all of the rules all of the time. I have a hard time trusting people like that actually, let alone understanding it.

    So it’s safe to say I disagree with one of the last comments…

    One amendment to this: I don’t advocate people go out and break laws for the sake of doing it. I just don’t believe in living a life where you follow all rules at all times and never question any of it, legal or otherwise. And most of us don’t act like that really, unless you’re a troll perhaps. Trolls are lame like that. But yeah, don’t follow the rules. it’s just not American.

  5. nosehat says:

    Well done, Mr. Bo Diddley’s son!

    The occupy movement is engendering a lot of heroism in a lot of ordinary, everyday people.  If nothing else, I think this may have a lasting effect.  It’s teaching us that maybe we can do something, that maybe “hope” belongs to us too.

    Well done indeed!

  6. nixiebunny says:

    We need more go-go girls dancing on stage when fine musicians play out. 

  7. Such a sit-in achieving almost nothing is now known as a Diddley-Squat.

  8. jtegnell says:

    “The demonstration was peaceful and the protesters said they decided to get arrested to prove a point.”

    Come on, bcsizemo, read the whole post before you scroll down to comment.

    • bcsizemo says:

      And that point was?

      The only one I’ve seen is we broke a law and got arrested.  Is there something I missed?  Does the park being closed have some relation to low employment, greed, or the corrupt financial sector?  Perhaps the economy is doing so poorly that the city had to close the park at night because of reduced LEO’s due to budget constraints?  Is that it?

  9. 10xor01 says:

    And to think the religious right was all frothy about Elvis’ sexuality.  Bo Diddley is smokin!

  10. Through the late seventies, I engaged in many demonstrations that camped out in public parks and other public spaces. It’s part of the increasing crackdown on actual freedom of assembly and freedom of speech (as opposed to theoretical freedom) that has led to the current inability to occupy an area during extended hours.

    Back in the fifties, C. Wright Mills said this in The Power Elite:

    It is much safer to celebrate civil liberties than to defend them; it is much safer to defend them as a formal right than to use them in a politically effective way…It is easier still to defend someone else’s right to have used them years ago than to have something yourself to say now and to say it now forcibly.

  11. KRISTINE NARAYAN says:

    Link to the video of anthony aka bo diddley jr and his arrest.. I shot this video personally, this is my personal youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ng-A5fwuBU

  12. KRISTINE NARAYAN says:

    Thanks Boingboing for covering this story and bringing awareness to the occupation movement

  13. Thad Boyd says:

    Dun-dun-dun, dun DUN.

  14. Please rename this article: “Gainsville Police don’t know Diddley”

    thank you.

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