On Saturday morning, Oct. 22, Chad Nesbitt and a friend drove an extra-large street-sweeper style truck in circles around the Occupy Asheville campsite while blowing what amounted to an air or boat horn. He did this as a form of protest, but in truth it was a form of harassment.
He did this to veterans, women, children, activists and homeless people, among others. There were people there that Chad claims to disdain, and plenty that he would claim to support. He then boasted about his harassment on WLOS News 13. WLOS News 13 did not show the video of John Spitzberg from Veterans for Peace, who was there and experienced this harassment with the other campers. That is the other side of the story.
Whether a person identifies with the Occupy Asheville movement or not, it should be understood that they are just a mix of people who are trying to work out solutions to the problems that they see in society. Additionally, they are exercising their rights of assembly in order to address their concerns. At the time of Chad Nesbitt's harassment, there was a city-granted permit in place allowing for them to be there. There was no law being broken by the campers that morning, only by Chad Nesbitt with his intentional disregard for the noise ordinance and human dignity.
The fact that Chad Nesbitt sees fit to boast of his illegal, immoral and unpatriotic harassment of fellow human beings is reprehensible. WWJD comes to mind, Chad. Chad Nesbitt is a bully and the fact that he is the voice in local government speaks volumes.
— Lindsey Miguelez