This video has been circulating around the Internet over that past week. It appears to be a situation of implied excessive police force against a simple harmless form of protest. However you can see Madea Benjamin (Co-Founder) of Code Pink appear in the video, and intentionally agitate the police officers on the scene.
The claim that this is somehow a violation of these individuals’ rights is a perversion of the First Amendment. The First Amendment does not grant the freedom to individuals to act like morons anywhere they wish at any time they please. The First Amendment says, the Congress has no authority to make laws regarding the freedom of speech, and the right of the people to peaceable assemble for a redress of grievances.
While there are examples of excessive police force in the United States of America, this simply is not one of them. The police in this video were doing their job. They clearly warned the people to stop what they were doing, in a memorial due only the highest respect of the citizens and guests of this nation who wish to visit it. It is highly doubtful Thomas Jefferson would have ever danced alongside these fools in order to prove a necessity for the freedom from the federal government to protest.
This event was staged to create the perception that these police were doing something unconstitutional by enforcing a law recently upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals which includes dancing as a prohibited activity inside the monument, along with protesting, and other methods of drawing attention to oneself. It is not an example of a police state when people act out of control with the intent to get arrested and cause a scene while blatantly resisting arrest.
The only rights violated in this video, were those of the individuals trying to view and enjoy the monument in peace and quiet. The Jefferson Memorial is a place due the highest respect and admiration at all times. Code Pink, Madea Benjamin, and Adam Kokesh should be ashamed of themselves for disgracefully disrespecting such a sacred memorial to one of our country’s great founding fathers.
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