Adam Kokesh Arrested After Police, Helicopters and Armored Vehicle Descend on His Home
Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh, who made headlines earlier this year for planning a 1,000+ person armed march from Virginia into Washington, DC (which was eventually called off) has been arrested according to the Washington Post.
Kokesh made headline again last week when he uploaded a video to his Youtube channel apparently showing him wielding and loading a pump action shotgun in Washington, DC’s Freedom Plaza.
Possession of an unregistered firearm and carrying a firearm in DC are both crimes.
According to the Post, Kokesh was arrested for possession of hallucinogenic mushroom along with a firearm. Seriously Adam? You knew the cops were going to come and you still had drugs in the house?
Also according to the report, the search warrant on Kokesh’s home was carried out by numerous police officers, 20+ SWAT officers, helicopters and at least one light armored vehicle. Officers entered the home by busting down the door with a battering ram and throwing a flash bang into the foyer. Despite what you might think of Kokesh, that is a bit excessive to serve a search warrant on someone who has only ever been a non-violent activist.
Kokesh refused to speak to authorities, and refused to be fingerprinted. He will be arraigned Thursday morning.
The drug possession charge could carry as much as a 10 year prison sentence.
According to the Post,
U.S. Park Police Lt. Pamela Smith said her agency executed a search warrant at Kokesh’s home in Herndon about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, looking for a weapon. The park police are the federal agency responsible for policing Freedom Plaza, the concrete park a few blocks from the White House where — in a video posted to YouTube on July 4 — Kokesh appears to load a shotgun in violation of D.C. gun laws.
Smith said she did not know if the YouTube video was the reason for the search warrant. Carrying a loaded weapon, concealed or unconcealed, is against the law in the District. The possession of a firearm not registered in the District carries a penalty up to a year in prison.