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- Posted on Oct 14th 2011 2:00PM by Theo Spielberg
McDaniel, who was taking part in the Occupy Gainesville movement, was accompanied by at least four other protesters when he was picked up by the police on Friday morning for being in the park after hours. The protesters claimed they had decided to get arrested in order to prove a point.
"This is my father's park," said McDaniel, who resides in Gainesville. "For them to arrest me in that plaza is ludicrous ... I'm an American. This is freedom of assembly."
The members of Occupy Gainesville had procured a permit which allowed them to gather in the park for Wednesday night and Thursday morning, but it did not extend past regular public hours on Thursday night. That's when the protesters decided to occupy the space for as long as it took for them to be arrested.
Despite being released, McDaniel is still incensed. "There's a symbolic stone in front of me that says freedom of speech," he said, referring to a gray stone inscribed with the Bill of Rights. "I feel like a number of my rights have been violated."