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Park Police Investigate Arrests for Dancing at Jefferson Memorial
ABC News ^ | May 30, 2011 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN

Posted on 05/31/2011 4:09:56 AM PDT by tellw

Park Police Investigate Arrests for Dancing at Jefferson Memorial By RUSSELL GOLDMAN

May 30, 2011—

The U.S. Park Police are investigating whether excessive force was used in the arrest of five protesters Saturday, who silently danced in the interior of the Jefferson Memorial to protest a recent ruling against dancing at federal monuments.

Videos posted to YouTube over the weekend show park police officers in light blue polo shirts handcuffing dancers. It looked as if one protester, who was wearing a "Disobey" T-shirt, had been body-slammed by an officer, and choked.

In a YouTube video of Saturday's incident, when a police officer asked the protestors which one of them was the leader, a member of the group pointed toward the statue of Thomas Jefferson inside the rotunda.

"I'll give you a warning," the officer said calmly. "If you come out here and you demonstrate by dancing, you will be placed under arrest. ... Does everybody understand that?"

Groups looking to protest at federal monuments are required to obtain permits.

Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser told the Associated Press Monday that the Park Police chief had directed the Office of Professional Responsibility to conduct an investigation into the officers' conduct.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adamkokesh; codepink; constitution; dancingfreespeech; jefferson; medeabenjamin; memorial
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1 posted on 05/31/2011 4:10:00 AM PDT by tellw
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To: tellw
Groups looking to protest at federal monuments are required to obtain permits.

LOL!

2 posted on 05/31/2011 4:12:09 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: tellw

Looks like Medea Benjamin of Code Pink and her professional agitator dance troupe.


3 posted on 05/31/2011 4:13:52 AM PDT by Cathy
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To: tellw

At least no dogs were shot


4 posted on 05/31/2011 4:16:46 AM PDT by dennisw (NZT - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: tellw

First, rules are rules.

I watched the video and these “wonderful, gentle, vocal and non-law abiding” punks were only man-handled after they refused to do what the cops said and furthermore, were only manhandled after THEY physically resisted arrest.

They brought this upon themselves. The cops simply didn’t go in there and start throwing them down on the ground for no reason.


5 posted on 05/31/2011 4:18:26 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: DH

What caused a court or the U.S. Park Police to say you can’t dance at Federal monuments?


6 posted on 05/31/2011 4:22:47 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: scrabblehack

My question, also. The need for such a rule seems absurd. What did I miss?


7 posted on 05/31/2011 4:32:24 AM PDT by MNGal
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To: tellw

Charlie Veitch and the Love Police should pay a visit.


8 posted on 05/31/2011 4:40:47 AM PDT by bait4719
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To: tellw

Wonder if Disobey” T-shirts out sell Ass kicked T-shirts.


9 posted on 05/31/2011 4:47:45 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: DH
They brought this upon themselves. The cops simply didn’t go in there and start throwing them down on the ground for no reason.

Shame on you, DH.

10 posted on 05/31/2011 4:47:58 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Please sir...permission to protest?)
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To: HIDEK6

Per my tagline. :)


11 posted on 05/31/2011 4:49:14 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Please sir...permission to protest?)
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To: DH

The guy who got ‘body slammed’ was Adam Kokesh.


12 posted on 05/31/2011 5:02:33 AM PDT by maine yankee
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To: maine yankee
Wouldn't body slamming be considered dancing and therefore prohibited w/o a permit?

Shouldn't the cops obtained a permit to protest protesting?

13 posted on 05/31/2011 5:05:58 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: tellw

lol. The whole thing sounds like a Monty Python skit!


14 posted on 05/31/2011 5:06:47 AM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

Why do I suspect that these “protesters” would also be in favor of the Gov’t arranging their housing and health care, defining the scope of their education, and telling us all what cars to drive or what we should eat?

I’ve met many such fools who believe that something as petty as dancing at the Jefferson Memorial is a “right” - while at the same time they will happily give away control over every other part of their lives.


15 posted on 05/31/2011 5:07:25 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: tellw

Article with photos in the Daily Mail (UK)
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1392653/Police-officers-body-slammed-dancing-protesters-inside-Jefferson-Memorial-face-investigation.html


16 posted on 05/31/2011 5:09:23 AM PDT by tellw
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
Wearing 'CodePink' t-shirts also. I'm not going to even suggest that You support that group...but really...this was a set-up for publicity and nuisance law suits.

Handcuffed and body slammed by police... for dancing at the Jefferson Memorial

Watch the video at the bottom.
17 posted on 05/31/2011 5:17:01 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: tellw

Something ironic about needing a permit to protest. What if you wanted to protest a law that requires permits to protest?


18 posted on 05/31/2011 5:21:18 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: tellw

Not that I’m for what these idiot protesters are trying to accomplish, but I am somewhat troubled that dancing is not legal near a statue of Jefferson, yet cops body-slamming dancers is.


19 posted on 05/31/2011 5:28:53 AM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: tellw

I was very disappointed by these arrests. NO ONE WAS TASERED. How disappointing.


20 posted on 05/31/2011 5:29:09 AM PDT by vladimir998 (When anti-Catholics can't debate they just make stuff up.)
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To: Tainan

Rights are rights, even for liberals and loonies. When people need permits to protest, something’s very wrong.


21 posted on 05/31/2011 5:35:55 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Please sir...permission to protest?)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

The problem is that leftist protesters tend to be violent.


22 posted on 05/31/2011 5:40:05 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy

By the time our side is violent it’ll be too late. :(


23 posted on 05/31/2011 5:44:47 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Please sir...permission to protest?)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
I hear what you're saying...and agree to an extent. However, this is Federal property.
I'm sure that all the recent events, featured here on Free Republic, which occurred on the Mall required, and obtained, permits.

Can't pick & choose which law ya like. Have a problem...get the law changed through the system. I guess thats how it works...hell, I'm not sure what works anymore.
Stay safe.
24 posted on 05/31/2011 5:50:41 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: Tainan

One of the quicker ways to change a law...when legislators become too sluggish or corrupt to do their job...is to break it and confront it in court.
Sometimes, you go on trial, and the law stands trial as well.


25 posted on 05/31/2011 5:57:32 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Please sir...permission to protest?)
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To: tellw
.... protest a recent ruling against dancing at federal monuments.
I was in DC a few years ago and was appalled to see runners going up the steps at the Lincoln Memorial.
They'd run to the top, walk back down, then run back up again.
I find this much more offensive than dancing ... and I'm a runner.
26 posted on 05/31/2011 5:58:55 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: DH
First, rules are rules.

Really? what about this "rule?"

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

Forgot about that one did you? Or do you just don't think it applies anymore as long as the GOVERNMENT is making rules.

BTW if you have to have a PERMIT then you're asking permission. If you have to ask permission and be granted permissionto do something, then you have not RIGHT to do that, you only have a PRIVILEGE. You might not like the protesters, but violating their rights is just as bad for the country as violating yours.

27 posted on 05/31/2011 6:03:30 AM PDT by from occupied ga
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To: vladimir998
NO ONE WAS TASERED

Well maybe they shot a dog later.

28 posted on 05/31/2011 6:04:53 AM PDT by from occupied ga
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To: Tainan
Is it against the law to dance at the Jefferson? So what if we don't agree at all with Kokesh or Code Pink? Big deal. They have a right to be loony just as we have a right to say "disappointed they weren't tasered." Yuck yuck.

What's the harm in them dancing? Why were they taken away and the Memorial closed, and no more videotaping? Could it be perhaps the Park Police were wrong? The body slam on Kokesh was just wrong. If they were vandalizing or destroying, it's one thing. But they were dancing, folks.
29 posted on 05/31/2011 6:08:01 AM PDT by tenger (It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for. -Will Rogers)
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To: tellw
Inappropriate behavior has now become illegal behavior.

I wonder if picking your nose or scratching your crotch will get you body-slammed at the memorial? Maybe you have to do it repeatedly to get arrested?

I'm gonna guess the park police are there for security reasons, not to enforce Miss Manners rules of etiquette. So, how are you spotting the guy with the gun/bomb as you are arresting a group of inconsiderate, irreverent fools?

Let's see. If I were a fat, lazy, overpaid, gay, transgendered, foppish, park policeman, who would I rather deal with: A gunman, a bomber, or a group of fools?

I am not excusing the perps behavior in any way. Extremely disrespectful! But, these people do it for the attention, like children. Ignore them & they will go away. But if they persistent, get on your phone to your patriot friends & have an flash patriotic moment at the Mall. The morons will get the message quickly surrounded by 100 patriots.

But don't sing or dance. That might get you arrested.

(I must say that had I been at the Jefferson Memorial when I heard OBL was killed, I might have been arrested for dancing.)

30 posted on 05/31/2011 6:14:19 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: DH
I watched the video and these “wonderful, gentle, vocal and non-law abiding” punks were only man-handled after they refused to do what the cops said

I guess I'm one of those folks who is getting tired of having soldiers in a standing army ordering citizens around. Maybe you missed the part where one of those you call a punk asked this soldier to state under what authority he was acting? The soldier was clueless. I guess he was just following orders.

ML/NJ

31 posted on 05/31/2011 6:18:33 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: from occupied ga

Was the dog dancing?

Leftists need tasering.


32 posted on 05/31/2011 6:24:25 AM PDT by vladimir998 (When anti-Catholics can't debate they just make stuff up.)
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To: tellw
I just want to know when we can legally start beating down flash mobs. (Maybe I'm kidding....maybe not)
33 posted on 05/31/2011 6:40:41 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Jared Lee Loughner - Disciple of Michael Moore)
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To: tellw
How do you tell a Tea Party from a "Flash Mob"?

Well, maybe by observing the faces of those who'll have to deal with the mess up close and personal if the Shyte "Dances" into the fan:



Odd, I didn't see a single individual get "Body Slammed" on 9-12-09...

A Republic is a system, of governance characterized by the RULE OF LAW.
38 posted on 06/02/2011 12:48:48 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: tenger

>>Is it against the law to dance at the Jefferson?

I’d suspect that Individuals who happen to groove to their iPod wouldn’t be arrested.

The underlying problem in this instance is the coordinated provocative assembly - which was evidently manifested in order to garner a response from the police.

Meanwhile, other Individuals who were trying to experience the memorial were deprived of the ability to do so by this “Flash” MOB.

When Mobs deprive Individuals of their rights - then “IN ORDER TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men”.


39 posted on 06/02/2011 1:00:55 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: ml/nj

[I guess I’m one of those folks who is getting tired of having soldiers in a standing army ordering citizens around.]

What would you rather have govern - the Republic, or The Mob?


40 posted on 06/02/2011 1:04:36 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: LomanBill
What would you rather have govern - the Republic, or The Mob?

I don't understand your question. We got along quite well without any "police" amongst us for at least the lifetime of the Framers. Read de Tocqueville sometime.

ML/NJ

41 posted on 06/02/2011 4:40:13 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: DH

I disagree. Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, from TJ himself. The dancing was very very mild, one person was just moving his head in a rythmic motion.

More alphabet stormtroppers who will bodyslam and put the boot to your head for not “saying, yes sir master, right away master”. If they were doing it at Arlington then I could bend a little bit but TJ penned life, liberty & happiness. And they were not causing a desturbince. The stormtroppers did.

And last but not least. Most of us sit and whine on a keyboard. These men and women are actually fighting for our God given rights. I pray they remove the blinders many people wear.


42 posted on 06/02/2011 5:00:45 AM PDT by winodog
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To: winodog

If those stortroppers had one brain between them, they would have a little wisdom. That means they escort the dancers outside of the building. Have a nice talk with them.

Say we will talk to the brass and see what can be done. In the meantime, you have made your point, more power to you. Why dont you go home, regroup and make plans for the furture after brass looks into it.

But now, the parasites with guns, the law (haha what a joke) let power go their puny brains and slam people around in a very important public square so “we the people” will get more and more use to the police state.

God bless America!!


43 posted on 06/02/2011 5:08:45 AM PDT by winodog
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To: vladimir998

They did taser one fella in a brown shirt. He was holding on to one of the first persons who was arrested and all of a sudden he rolls over.


44 posted on 06/02/2011 5:13:17 AM PDT by winodog
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To: ml/nj
"We got along quite well without any "police" amongst us for at least the lifetime of the Framers."
 
Right. Nobody kept slaves on the plantation.... they just stayed there of their own free will. 
 
de Tocqueville?  Pffft.  Screw him and the effeminate aristocratic jackwagon he rode in on.  The Fwench socialist/communist Mob evidently read lots of de Tocqueville - how'd that work out again, Comrades?  FAIL.
 
America is a Republic, not a Mob-ruled Democracy; and a Republic is a system of government constituted by a framework of laws.  The American Republic was architected with a constrained purpose in mind:
 
"TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men"
 
So, should the associated laws be enforced?   Who/what effects the securing?  The Mob?  Horsemen wearing bed sheets?





 
 

45 posted on 06/02/2011 6:36:36 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: winodog

[These men and women are actually fighting for our God given rights.]

Bullshyte.

Been a fan of Code Pink and International A.N.S.W.E.R. long, comrade?


46 posted on 06/02/2011 6:40:10 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: winodog
[I pray they remove the blinders many people wear.]
 
Uhuh. You and "Invictus" McVeigh



FAIL.




 
 

47 posted on 06/02/2011 6:52:13 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: LomanBill
Right. Nobody kept slaves on the plantation.... they just stayed there of their own free will.

From what I can see from Edward Ayers, Vengeance and Justice: Crime and Punishment in the Nineteenth-Century American South, it appears the first police force, such as it was, was formed in New Orleans in 1809.

So the answer to your question is, yes, for the most part before that they did; albeit sometimes with the fear of what would happen to them if they were caught.

History books are your friends, especially here at FR. And anyone who dismisses de Tocqueville's report of the American scene in the 1830s really self labels as an ignoramus.

ML/NJ

48 posted on 06/02/2011 7:12:46 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: LomanBill

Why do you link them with Code Pink and International A.N.S.W.E.R.?


49 posted on 06/02/2011 7:15:23 AM PDT by winodog
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To: winodog

http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&site=&source=hp&q=Adam+Kokesh+code+pink

NO SALE


50 posted on 06/02/2011 6:32:36 PM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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