A video captures police using brutal force against peaceful activists for dancing in a restricted area at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.an act which begs the question: Is America still the home of the free?
Among those arrested was activist Adam Kokesh, who had sent out the call for peaceful action against the recently passed law which banned dancing and wearing of headphones at the memorial. This law adds to the heap of other totalitarian measures that have been subversively passed in the dark, hidden from public scrutiny, since the 9/11 tragedy. Many have gone so far as to label this national trend as an overt fascist momentum, utilizing fear-based terrorism as its guise to further austere measures of control.
As the video reveals, the police used excessive force in their arrest of the protesters. Seeing this type of police-state fascism resurfaces images of abhorrent human rights violations of the recent past, such as the cruel tasering of a University of Florida student during the Q & A portion of a John Kerry speech, when it seemed his unwelcome views deviated too far from the status quo; or the malicious police attacks on peaceful World Trade Organization (WTO) protesters in Seattle, 1999. Despite barely an inkling of coverage in mainstream, technology is a blessing that enables everyday people to peacefully fight back by getting some of these injustices on video.