On the Eighteenth of May 2013 Adam Kokesh was giving a speech at “Smoke Down Prohibition V”, which was an event where marijuana users gather across from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA to consume marijuana in an act of civil disobedience. This is the fifth such event and at all of the four prior smoke downs individuals gathered peacefully, consumed large quantities of marijuana, and were not disturbed by the police. This event would be much different, as the police chose to escalate the situation by violently assaulting multiple individuals and even resulting to kidnapping two of the event’s speakers. Adam Kokesh was giving the final speech to the crowd and before you could properly finish a Parks Police and Fish and Wildlife officer grabbed Adam (who had yet to engage in cannabis reflection that day) and took him while with the microphone still in his hand. Adam was taken away to a local Philadelphia jail and then was moved to Federal Detention Center Philadelphia where he would spend right under a week locked in a cage for not committing a crime. Adam was charged with Resisting, Obstructing, or Assaulting a Police Officer (Felony) and Resisting Arrest(Misdemeanor). Our video clearly shows that the officer approached Adam from the rear and it is very clear that Adam did not assault the officer in any way, shape, or form. Adam has turned his legal defense fund into a legal attack fund and will be seeking just compensation from the state for illegally kidnapping him without just cause.
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