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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.
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Looks like Medea Benjamin of Code Pink and her professional agitator dance troupe.
At least no dogs were shot
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.
What caused a court or the U.S. Park Police to say you can’t dance at Federal monuments?
My question, also. The need for such a rule seems absurd. What did I miss?
Charlie Veitch and the Love Police should pay a visit.
Wonder if Disobey” T-shirts out sell Ass kicked T-shirts.
Shame on you, DH.
Per my tagline. :)
The guy who got ‘body slammed’ was Adam Kokesh.
Shouldn't the cops obtained a permit to protest protesting?
lol. The whole thing sounds like a Monty Python skit!
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.
Article with photos in the Daily Mail (UK)
Something ironic about needing a permit to protest. What if you wanted to protest a law that requires permits to protest?
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.
I was very disappointed by these arrests. NO ONE WAS TASERED. How disappointing.
Rights are rights, even for liberals and loonies. When people need permits to protest, something’s very wrong.
The problem is that leftist protesters tend to be violent.
By the time our side is violent it’ll be too late. :(
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.
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.
Well maybe they shot a dog later.
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.)
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.
Was the dog dancing?
Leftists need tasering.
>>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”.
[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?
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.
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.
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!!
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.
[These men and women are actually fighting for our God given rights.]
Been a fan of Code Pink and International A.N.S.W.E.R. long, comrade?
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.
Why do you link them with Code Pink and International A.N.S.W.E.R.?
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