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Adam Kokesh and Police Brutality at the Jefferson Memorial

Updated on June 2, 2011

On May 28, 2011, Adam Kokesh was "body slammed and choked" by police at the Jefferson Memorial. He was arrested for dancing. In process of the arrest he was thrown to the ground and held down by the throat. 

Please Watch the Video of Dancers Being Arrested

Police Duty

We have here a story that tears me personally in two directions. I have always had a high respect for police. My father was a deputy when I was a kid and I was taught how difficult a job it can be. My father was very good about conveying to me the importance of respecting anyone who's job it is to ensure your safety. I was taught to always give the authority the benefit of the doubt, and I tend to do so even more than I do for everyone else.

Some people are saying the police were being respectful and the demonstrators were out of line. While I agree for the most part, the body slamming and choking is excessive.

The Real Issue

The whole thing took place because there is a law saying that it is not okay to dance in the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Call me crazy, I don't think Thomas Jefferson would stand for such a thing. We are supposed to be the land of the free. Our Constitution was founded on the idea that so long as what we do does not harm another, we are free to do it.

New Protest

In response to the arrests, the demonstrators in question have committed to going back on June 5, to dance in protest. 

More of The Story

Ending it Here

I have more I would like to say on this matter, but for the sake of getting it out quickly I am going to leave off here. Maybe I'll do some updates later.


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    • kwade tweeling profile image

      kwade tweeling 4 years ago from USA

      You're welcome. I do too. So much of our rights are being pulled out from under us, and people are so distracted by the game, it seems we hardly notice.

    • PattyJane profile image

      PattyJane 4 years ago

      Kwade, thank you for posting this hub on just how much our liberties are being violated in this country today. I truly admire the courage of Adam Kokesh and his desire to stand up against tyranny regardless of the consequences.