Ellas Anthony McDaniel was picked up by police at the Occupy Gainesville camp
The son of legendary bluesman Bo Diddley has been arrested at an Occupy Wall Street inspired protest in Gainesville, Florida.
Ellas Anthony McDaniel was arrested last night (October 13) at a plaza named after his father, the Bo Diddley Community Plaza, at the Occupy Gainesville protest. Scroll down to see footage of the arrest.
The arrest came after an extension on the protesters permit to remain in the park overnight on Thursday was refused. 50 protesters were asked to move on and four were arrested, including Diddley’s 56 year old son, reports the Guardian.
McDaniel is quoted as saying: “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.” He added: “I feel like a number of my rights have been violated.”
Bo Diddley – pictured above – passed away aged 79 in 2008.