Five People Arrested at Jefferson Memorial for Dancing
UPDATE: See here for the details of the Dance Party @ TJ’s hosted by Adam Kokesh one week after these arrests: useful source
Thomas Jefferson once said, “I am opposed to any form of tyranny over the mind of man.” How ironic it is then that what began as a peaceful gathering at a National monument erected in his honor, ended with the arrest and battery of five people who were simply expressing themselves through the harmless activity of dancing.
In the following video, you will see that police officers first approached the group to inform them that they will be arrested for “demonstrating” if they continue to dance. Several people ask the officers precisely which laws or statutes they’d be violating were they to continue dancing. With no clear answer from the cops, two people wrap their arms around each other in a romantic embrace and begin swaying back and forth, even moving in for a sweet kiss. Apparently this is against the law in public areas of our Nation’s Capital, and they are forcibly pried apart and handcuffed. The bewildered couple demand answers as other members begin to dance.
As the citizens are one by one taken to the ground and cuffed, Adam Kokesh dances on. Finally, he is violently slammed to the ground, held in a choke hold, flipped over, and finally handcuffed while another officer keeps a knee to the back of Adam’s head.
What happened is beyond belief. Fortunately, it was all captured on video. Take a look. And remember, in the United States of America, dancing in public is illegal.