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Libertarian Party Presidential Hopeful Adam Kokesh Arrested in New Orleans for Failing to Show I.D.

The interaction began when he was stopped by the side of the road trying to power-wash stenciled messages on a dirty concrete barrier.

Adam Kokesh, an activist seeking the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination, was arrested this week in New Orleans and according to his Facebook page is still in jail. He is fundraising over the arrest, saying he wants to put a copy of his book Freedom in "every residential mailbox in New Orleans."

[Correction: I erroneously misread the combination of notice of his arrest and discussion of the book promotion in the Facebook message linked above as indicating ongoing fundraising; in fact the money for that book promotion had already been raised prior to the arrest.]

He and friends were parked by the side of the road, in the act of washing around a stencil on a dirty concrete barrier to leave a message in the cleaned part. Police approached them for being "illegally stopped on the shoulder of the road"; Kokesh refused consent to any search or to show I.D. "I'll just be here asserting my rights," he said.

That didn't do him any good, nor did observing that "Officer Friendly here doesn't have any real criminals to catch tonight."

Eventually the cops order Kokesh out of the car and inform him "you can't be on the side of this road" if you are "not broken down" and "in just a minute you'll be in handcuffs and we'll find out who you are or you can comply and do it the right way."

Kokesh asked what the charges would be; he was told "interfering with an investigation." Police then cuffed and arrested him.

The Libertarian Republic has more information, including copies of his booking document, which lists "resisting arrest—refuse identity" as his crimes.

[UPDATE: As of Jan 5, according to an email from his campaign press secretary, Kokesh has been released from jail and had the charges dropped.]

Video of the incident leading to his arrest, with the denouement where the actual arrest happens beginning at around 11:10:

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  • BestUsedCarSales||

    What was he stenciling?

  • Longtobefree||

    "papers, please"

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    The sign of the Yellow King. Not a smart move in Louisiana.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Let's just make this thread a place of silent reflection...

  • ||

    Hopefully it was, "Fuck the police"

  • Juice||

    Set up, like a bowlin' pin. Knocked down, it get's to wearin' thin. They just won't let you be, oh no.

  • Sometimes a Great Notion||

    I guess they can't revoke your soul for tryin'

  • Dillinger||

    get outta that door and light out and look all around.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    /bumps turntable

    One way or another, this madness got to end...

  • Trainer||

    His running commentary was just annoying and immature. You can stand up for your rights and get yourself arrested without sounding like an idiot.

  • Juice||

    He's not the sharpest tack in the drawer, honestly.

  • Ray McKigney||

    He's alive?

    (I knew Waco was a black-flag op.)

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    I used to live and work in New Orleans and had occasion to visit their jails a time or two; as one rather hardened criminal told me, their city and parish jails are actually much worse than some high level prisons. I would not want to be in one for any amount of time.

  • Sevo||

    Papier, bitte.

  • TuIpa||

    Just one?

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    Hey man, quit being a German nazi!

  • loveconstitution1789||

    If there is a constitutional law, a person(s) violating the law, and the state has probable cause to believe a violation has occurred in the presence of police an arrest can occur.

    It is reasonable for the state to know who they are arresting, so that person can be given a court date to appear and given bail.

    Is being on the side of a road illegal and that criminal code a constitutional use of state police powers?

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    The answer is - sometimes.

    On a highway, it can be a "non-moving violation". The rationale is that emergency vehicles use the shoulder in heavy traffic.

    Park under a highway overpass in the Democratic Republic of Jersey? Also a non-moving violation. And down by the electrical transfer station by me, it's illegal to park under the high-voltage lines. My guess is this is counterterrorism hysteria.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Its one of the Rules of Law things.

    I dont want to be driving 80 mph down an interstate and have some dude run across the interstate so I hit him.

    Normally I would not care about the stupidity of someone getting hit but drivers have to endure all sorts of shit if they accidentally hit someone.

    If its illegal to cross high speed roads, if you do it and get hit the driver is not treated like a criminal.

    The Constitution allows postal roads, so regulations on roads seems like a Rule of Law fit.

  • IceTrey||

    Giving ID when arrested is one thing giving ID with no reasonable articulable suspicion is another.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I never whip out ID unless the police tell me specifically what I am being arrested for.

    Once you stand up for yourself and know your rights, police tend to leave you alone. Not always for sure.

    Police go for the easy victims.

  • Agammamon||

    It is reasonable for the state to know who they are arresting, so that person can be given a court date to appear and given bail.

    And that's all the justification you need for mandatory national ID.

  • Homple||

    Things are looking up. It used to be that, as in the old showbiz wisecrack, libertarian candidates were so obscure they couldn't even get arrested.

    Libertarian moment, folks. They're launching.

  • A Lady of Reason||

    A police state is nothing good...

  • MiloMinderbinder||

    McAfee 2020!

  • Trainer||

    At least we don't have a running narrative of his criminal escapades!

  • ZanderfromNOLA||

    Have fun in OPP Adam! They like long haired white boys! Since you like to get arrested so much I hope you like our accommodations! With candidates like you the LP will never see 3% again. P.S. If the LP delegates pick you I will write in Hillary!

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    "you can't be on the side of this road" if you are "not broken down"

    Is that codified anywhere or are the stormtroopers just making it up as they go along?

    I don't feel one way or the other about Vorha. I don't pay him much attention. I don't even know if I spelled his name correctly. I know that cops abusing their authority, making up legislation on the spot hoping you'll comply, and generally being paranoid snowflakes is occurring every day in the USA and around the world. STOP RESISTING! THAT DOG WAS GOING TO BITE ME! YOU REACHED FOR MY GUN YES YOU DID I SAW YOU! YOU'RE INTERFERING WITH AN INVESTIGATION!

    Many of them act so indignant, vindictive when they find out how much people hate them. So many personality disorders with bruised egos walking around in uniform with issued with weapons and a fanatical belief in their own superiority over us ingrates who dare to criticize them.

    I actually feel bad for the honest, good, reasonable cops, because there are still a handful of them out there. Do unions make it even harder for the good cops to survive in a world where they are the one of the most powerful and ruthless political groups ensuring immunity from accountability for their armies of murderers? - STOP PRESS - ok there's been a couple of high profile convictions recently (go Texas), and hopefully there will be a trend toward rethinking how cops are incentivized to do their jobs, and how they do them.

    I'm rambling.

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    Wow. By the time I done got to writing my comment I had switched out Kokesh for Vohra. Does that say more about me, or them?

  • IceTrey||

    All cops enforce immoral laws so they are all bad.

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    Dang, isn't the dude less than two weeks away from the end of his probation?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    How ironic.

  • IceTrey||

    It seems he was a passenger so no requirement to ID.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    I totally missed that. So since they couldn't articulate a crime he was being investigated for, they decided he was 'impeding an investigation'.

  • DajjaI||

    Poor thing. I spent a day in the lockup and promised myself I would never, ever, ever break the law again for the rest of my life.

    Note: this comment is not an admission of breaking the law.*

    *My lawyer made me say this.

  • DenverJ||

    Why do both the cops have shaved heads?

  • 0x1000||

    Harder for Ann opponent to get a hold during a fight.

  • IceTrey||

    Ann is one mean bitch.


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