New video has emerged of anti-prohibition activist Adam Kokesh’s arrest during a pro-marijuana rally in Philadelphia. The new footage contradicts police statements saying Kokesh resisted arrest and assaulted police during the rally.
I’ve often wondered how a person can be arrested for resisting arrest without first engaging in a crime that warrants an arrest in the first place? In the video below, you can clearly see he was targeted and arrested for simply speaking out against marijuana prohibition. Kokesh had no drugs on him, nor was he smoking pot, at the time police assaulted him.
As a reminder, the first amendment to the US Constitution reads, “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.”
After reviewing the tape, it appears as though the police are guilty of assault, false arrest, filing a fraudulent police report, kidnapping and abuse of authority. Of course, in police state America, the police are above the law. So what would constitute a virtual life sentence for a civilian will probably amount to nothing more than a slap on the wrist for the police involved in this case, if even that.
The affidavit reads: “KOKESH was next to and had locked arms with a person who had a marijuana cigarette. [That’s a lie, their arms were not locked until after the police jumped Kokesh.] As the Ranger approached the person with the cigarette, KOKESH physically blocked and obstructed the Ranger. [That’s a lie, Kokesh was just standing there] As the Ranger pushed forward, KOKESH grabbed the Ranger by the arm to hold him back. [another big fat lie] KOKESH was then taken into custody.”
It should be noted that while Adam ended up locking arms with the man who was smoking, he didn’t deliberately do so. Adam kept his arms by his side and the man grabbed on to him, not vice-versa. I don’t see how a person could be charged with obstruction if someone else latches on to them.
Yesterday, Mar. 24th [typo, May], he was released. On his Facebook page he wrote: “Released 130524 with felony charges reduced to citations which I refused to sign. Played hardball. Won. Talk to you Monday.” Originally he was charged with Assaulting a Police Officer but the absurdity of the charge was revealed by the live footage taken of his kidnapping.
I’m waiting with bated breath to see if the cop who filed that report will be charged with filing a false report.
…Ok, I’m not really waiting with bated breath, because that will never happen.