The YouTube video of the arrest shows Adam Kokesh clearly NOT resisting, holding his hands up in a surrender posture and trying to maintain his balance while a gang of police drag him away from the event.
According to Adam Kokesh supporter "Brother Lucas," Kokesh never even smoked pot during the protest, so his arrest is sending shockwaves across the liberty movement because it appears to be illegal and unjustified. The video seems to depict a lawless gang of badge-wearing thugs committing an act of kidnapping against someone merely exercising their free speech rights in a public forum. Details are still early and somewhat sketchy at this point, so we may learn more details that will provide additional clarity on why this happened and what excuse the police will come up with this time.
(Will the IRS investigate Kokesh next? Are there any limits to criminal government?)
A request on Kokesh's Facebook page calls for supporters to "phone bomb" the Philadelphia Police Department Public Affairs office:
Phone bomb 215 686 3388 and demand Adam get a phone call and that he be released... we have yet to be in contact with him about 2 hours into it... I will keep everyone posted as I get more details! One love - Brotha Lucas
Adam Kokesh is, of course, the activist who has pre-announced an armed civil disobedience march on Washington D.C. on July 4th. The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered Washington D.C. lawmakers to legalize the concealed carry of firearms by non-felon citizens, but D.C. has so far refused to enact such a law. There is already widespread speculation that Adam Kokesh's arrest may be intended to imprison him until July 4th passes in order to pre-empt the protest march.
If that's true, the authorities have grossly miscalculated: such a move of obvious intimidation, oppression and civil rights violations will only further enrage a national public that's already fed up with IRS criminality, Obama administration criminality, Department of Justice criminality and an ever-expanding atmosphere of police state intimidation, oppression and censorship.
If Adam Kokesh is not released in very short order, all hell is going to break loose in Philadelphia. Watch the video of the arrest and see for yourself just how close the crowd seems to attacking the criminal cops on the spot:
Adam Kokesh getting arrested May 18th at Smoke down Prohibition V
- Locked up in federal jail
For the record, I am a strong supporter of local law enforcement... until they reach the point where they become a police state regime that violates civil rights and due process. At that point I am a vocal critic of the "criminal" police and support protesters and activists who help expose the corruption of power in law enforcement.
For police to have the support of the citizens, they must operate within the bounds of the law and respect due process. They do not have the authority to simply arrest and silence anyone they wish merely because they disagree with that person's political views.