Bo Diddley's Son Arrested for Occupying Bo Diddley Community Plaza

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Ellas Anthony McDaniel, the son of legendary rhythm and blues artist Bo Diddley, was arrested Friday morning in a park named after his father while participating in the Gainesville, Florida offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street protests. The Independent Florida Alligator reports four protesters, including McDaniel, were arrested for trespassing in Bo Diddley Community Plaza while it was closed. "This is my father's park. For them to arrest me in that plaza is ludicrous. ... I'm an American. This is freedom of assembly," McDaniel said. Your move, little Tommy Zuccotti.

The protesters has a permit to be in the park, but it did not allow them to be there after hours. At 11:30 p.m., the park's closing time, police asked demonstrators to leave. The Alligator reports "officers gave the crowd of about 50 activists about half an hour to move to the sidewalks, where they could legally stay." Some, including the son of the park's namesake, stayed behind and stood by a stone that was inscribed with the Bill of Rights and "they said they were waiting to get arrested."

"There's a symbolic stone in front of me that says freedom of speech. I feel like a number of my rights have been violated," McDaniel said.

Those who were arrested were given a notice and released. McDaniel said he would stand with the protesters on the sidewalk and come to fellow demonstrators' aid if they got arrested. "I'll be there," he told the Alligator. "I'll be there. I'll bail them out. And I'm not caring how many there is."

This calls for some Bo Diddley:

Bo Diddley's son arrested during Occupy Gainesville demonstration [Alligator via BoingBoing]

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Like his father, Anthony has always been a proponent of free speech AND the plight of the homeless. Anthony is in a battle with his father's former managers and his father's executor. The three of them have raped Bo Diddley's estate reaping over a million dollars while most of Bo Diddley's family struggles. They" mis-managers" mismanaged Anthony's father because Bo Diddley was illiterate and they took advantage of the fact that Bo Diddley did NOT understand his farce of a will which states: The heirs who contest the Will, will be kicked out. One of his mis-managers created phony Facebook accounts SOLELY TO DISCREDIT Anthony and to call him names and say the family was fighting over money when in actuality, the family only wanted their father's copyrights to return to the estate as they would have done if their father was alive. Instead the managers sold the rights and by making a "deal" collected $600,000. The family of Bo Diddley has NEVER had legal representation throughout the WHOLE ordeal and was forced to go to court without legal representation because they are financially struggling while the "mis-managers" refuse to speak to the family. They will only "talk to lawyers" knowing full well, the family cannot afford an attorney. 

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