Activist Veteran Raided By Cops For Loading Shotgun In D.C.


Former Marine and Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh has had his fair share of run-ins with the law over the past six years as he has acted as a visible and vocal advocate for libertarian government reforms and protested the Iraq war.

In May, Kokesh, who hosts the YouTube-based “Adam vs. The Man” radio program, announced that he would lead an armed march on Washington, D.C., on the Fourth of July to protest Federal initiatives to restrict the 2nd Amendment, a move that put him squarely in the sights of law enforcement.

Later that month, Kokesh was arrested at a marijuana prohibition protest in Philadelphia and slapped with bogus charges. Because of the legal trouble, however, it was uncertain whether the activist would be able to attend the march, and he was forced to call off the event.

But Kokesh did make it to Washington on Independence Day, and he released a video showing himself loading a shotgun in the middle of Freedom Plaza with the Capitol Building clearly shown behind him.

“We will not be silent, we will not obey, we will not allow our government to destroy our humanity,” Kokesh said as he loaded the gun. “We are the final American revolution. See you next Independence Day.”

On Tuesday evening, the U.S. Park Police executed a search warrant on Kokesh’s Northern Virginia home, reportedly looking for the weapon that he loaded in the video — though an official with the agency would not confirm whether the video prompted the search.

On Kokesh’s website, the police raid was described as follows by members of the “Adam vs. The Man” production team present during the ordeal:

The officers used a battering ram to knock in the door after two knocks, and did not announce that they had a warrant. Immediately after breaking down the door, a flash bang grenade was deployed in the foyer.

Numerous police vehicles, including a light armored vehicle and two low-flying helicopters barricaded Adam’s street. More than 20 armored SWAT team members surrounded the house, as well as a number of detectives, and plainclothes officers. Assault rifles were aimed on all members of the team as they were handcuffed without being told why they were detained. Masked and armored police in full “Storm Trooper” gear flooded in and ransacked the residence. The team was cordoned in a front room, while Adam was pulled aside for questioning.

Over the course of the next five hours, the police searched every corner of the house with canine units and blueprints to the house obtained prior to the search. All officers refused to speak to the crew while they we being detained. They confiscated cell phones and personal items with force. Throughout the ordeal, the police repeatedly showed a volatile desire to initiate aggressive, forceful conduct with detainees. At one point, Adam politely requested to use the restroom and was kicked by the officer forcing him to sit handcuffed on the floor. After hours of determined attempts, the safe was forced open and all items inside were confiscated. Adam was arrested and his crew were told he was being brought to the Herndon Police department overnight. Well after midnight, police officers cleared the house.

Kokesh’s colleagues estimated that 30 to 40 officers, several military-like vehicles and at least two helicopters were involved in the raid.

“It was a pure act of intimidation,” one roommate, who would only give his name as Jeremy, told The Washington Post.

Kokesh has reportedly been charged with possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms that the police found in the residence, a Schedule I narcotic, while possessing a firearm.

The possession charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $2,500 fine. If convicted of possession of the drugs while also in possession of a firearm, Kokesh could face a minimum of two additional years in prison.

While Kokesh did violate Washington gun laws, he certainly did not commit a violent crime. Will the Justice System prosecute him as harshly as possible in order to make an example of him? Is it possible that he won’t be harshly prosecuted and the police were simply used to increase the activist’s legitimacy so that he can be used as an agent provocateur?

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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  • Robert Wolfe

    I’m not gonna feel sorry for the guy. Guns + drugs = you’re under a disability, it’s been in the law for years. Even alcohol + guns = a disability. He decided to push, he got shoved back, did he expect less?

    • independent thinker

      How do you know he had the mushrooms? A couple of mushrooms would be easy to palm and plant in the safe after the feds broke it open.

      • JeffH

        + Point = independent thinker

      • CatGman

        Yes, it was probably some Portabella mushrooms.

      • Robert Wolfe

        Oh yea, everything is a conspiracy! Point is, the whole idea of an armed marched on Washington was S-T-U-P-I-D! And anyone who would have been dumb enough to follow this guy would be in the same boat he is now. Do I agree with the law? No! If I wish to carry a rifle on my back considering the present state of the world, I think I should be allowed to. There’s a time and a place for everything, this guy’s idea was in neither the right time, nor the right place.

    • CatGman

      Are you saying he shouldn’t have alcohol in his home if he has guns?
      If so, what is next??? hopped up on caffeine from too much coffee?

      • Robert Wolfe

        Wanna bet they get a warrant to test for psilocybin in your hero’s blood? I bet they will. Probably another case of trumped up lab results. All he has managed to do is make a hole for himself. One that will take a lot of coinage to get out of.

        You guys are to a certain extent taking me wrong. I was a nutrition with biological science major. As far as I’m concerned, my neurotransmitters are mine to do with as I damn well please. You know, Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness. Happiness, is but a balance of neurotransmitters. I should be allowed to pursue that balance, within reason, but Uncle Sugar isn’t going to allow that. Even the medical MJ users will find that out in time.

  • Sarah Conner

    Well since they can’t convict George Zimmerman on murder charges,they’ll find someone else to make an example of…nazi goons…

  • Dirty Daug

    Most police departments love raids and they take your chit and don’t give it back.

  • YourAntithesis

    Welcome to your future, people. Speak up for your freedom and Constitutional rights and you will get on “their” list. Funny how he wasn’t approached while making the video of himself loading the shotgun. Bogus charges. Overuse/abuse of power by the cops; the same cops that would undoubtedly charge you for using “their” resources up (even when they’re already paid by the taxpayer) if your child accidentally dials 911, have no problem going all SWAT on this guy and they found, brace yourselves: magic mushrooms. All the while they act like Nazis and never announce they have a warrant (against the law, by the way). The saddest thing about all of this is we’ll still have people making excuses for them and finding nothing wrong with their tactics. Bet they’d see things differently if the cops did this to their kids.

  • TIME

    My Dear People,

    We all know that “TREASON” has been committed by the very people whom you think you have elected to be your advocates.
    The Truth of this matter is that these people have not been your advocates since 1861. They are “LAW MAKERS” and they have been since.

    Their job used to be part time at best, not full time restriction makers, as in restricting your “CIVIL LIBERTYS.” aka {taking away your rights.} Let alone committing to mass murder world wide – aka War Crimes.

    These people have covertly as well overtly taken your FREEDOMS away bit by bit since 1861, yet sadly the American people failed to take note of this factor, why is that people?

    Your playing for either ~ Team D or Team R ~ yet both are one in the same and its not for the Progress of the PEOPLE of America nor the world ~ its for your “Enslavement” to a small group of nasty’s who’s long held dream is to rule the world. Again there is nothing New about the New World Order, its really the Old World Order.

    Look my good people this is not a Team sport, nor a game in any way shape or form, the people who came to this nation came here to rid themselves of the Despots that ruled their nations of origins.

    Its TIME to fix the problem under one banner or the end will soon be here and we all will suffer the same fate.
    A note to you who think your going to join their party. { The facts are you will last a tad longer than say me, but your FATE was sealed when you placed the word “Progressive” in your title.}

    You will progress straight in to an unmarked Mass Grave.
    {A Trader can never be trusted, its not my opinion its fact of TRUTH from the pattern of these Despots TIME after TIME.}

    How to fix the problem: “STOP FEEDING THE BEAST.”

    As to fixing the root of the problem, no march, no petition, no VOTE, will fix it.

    What will fix it ~ is when the PEOPLE say NO MORE, then the PEOPLE RISE UP and take their rights back, ARREST the political class as well all their supporters / backers, place them all on public trial for “TREASON” then follow the prescribed method of recourse for such CRIME’S.
    We now also have the recourse for “WAR CRIMES”, oddly set forth by these very DESPOTS.

    No one in the De Facto ~ Government will ever do this, this task is up to the PEOPLE.

    When the 2nd Amendment is GONE ~ the next step will be the 1st Amendment, then its “MASS GRAVES” for all of you no matter what you think you are or what ever you stunted gray matter has been programed to think.

    This was all written about long ago by the very people who stood their ground and started this nation down the path where ALL HUMANS have

    “Sovereign Rights.”

    This right was no longer just for King’s or Royals.

    What will YOU do?

    When will YOU start?

    Its long past TIME, as the writing is clearly written on the wall.

    Peace and Love,

  • CatGman

    If he did in fact have illegal drugs in his home, he is an idiot. Did he really expect to be left alone after making such a public display. The only thing that government and police need is an excuse, and it doesnt even need to be a good one.

    • Catman


      • CatGman

        I don’t agree with the cops. I feel quite to the contrary. I just think he should have been prepared for them to come looking. He should not have had anything in the house to give them an excuse.

    • Vis Fac

      I guess you’ve never heard of planted evidence? Government goons don’t need any excuse to be stupid it comes naturally. Intimidation is the way these cowards operate they swarm like locusts on a wheat field. When a group decides to fight back that is when they take notice Janet Reno and Bubba Bill made a huge mess at Waco Texas dealing with David Koresh. All those FBI and police and still had to resort to arson (a crime) to end the siege Similar tactics were used on Chris Dorner One man who held a police dept. at bay until again arson (a crime) ended that siege. Imagine what impact a small army would have (if only) We need to re activate the militia!

      • CatGman

        I guess you didn’t read any of the comments I made below. I do not trust the cops. I damn sure dont trust the government. Just saying that right or wrong, he should have been prepared for them.

  • violet angel

    Too much misguided testosterone and anger in those thugs focused on making sure we know we no longer have the freedom and rights we took for granted.

  • securityman

    they don’t go after gangs with that much backup. it,s another case of them trying to impose the will of an illegal government on the people and put fear in the hearts of the ones that are for our freedom. THINGS ARE GOING TO GET WORSE, PEOPLE. get ready to fight if you want to remain free. otherwise you can turn around and bend over for obummer and his thugs…….

    • navyvet

      and there are gangs in Herndon, you’d think they would use their time and resources more wisely

  • FreedomFighter

    Another political message from the Obama totalitarian party of Washington DC. Now add in the fact the DOJ is bussing in protesters to the Zimmerman trial and b4, you have the Psy0ps of the communist agenda on display. Just look at the level of response over 30k in resources spent,

    Numerous police vehicles, including a light armored vehicle and two low-flying helicopters barricaded Adam’s street. More than 20 armored SWAT team members surrounded the house, as well as a number of detectives, and plainclothes officers. Assault rifles were aimed on all members of the team as they were handcuffed without being told why they were detained.,

    just imagine he didn’t even do anything violent, didn’t threaten anyone, but made a protest video…freedom of speech gone
    I believe as others do that this was a “Dirty Tricks” operation designed to show conservatives as crazed extremists. Its all OPTICS, FAKE OPTICS

    Beware, we are being played, to mold public opinion.

    Laus DeoSemper FI

    • ishop

      Sounds like the bust for littering in Alice’s Restaurant on steroids +inflation.

    • TIME

      Dear FF,

      Sadly the RACE war that the doj & O’Bama want, they just may get after all they made it all happen.

      Its really a nice clean way around the 2nd Amendment, and they get to go hog wild with their propaganda campaign to make both sides look like wacko’s that can’t live together. That’s how O’Bama’s done it so far, just keep the twist and turn going until you get the war you want.

      Now think Syria, Libya, Egypt, ~ and soon the American city of their choice..
      All from 100% total canned BS that’s been pre fabricated in that special twisted mind of the New World Order’s brain trust.
      What’s really sad is how many mindless sheep will follow along.

      Peace and Love

  • ishop

    Oh, [Big] Brother! Here we go again! And I some how doubt the [coming] fight/riots will have any thing to do with love and peace like in the sixties and seventies.

  • Chris

    “loading a shotgun in the middle of Freedom Plaza”………hmmm……….how intelligent……….wonder what everyone else who saw him doing that thought? Think they stayed around to “FIND OUT?!?!?!?!?!” He’s damn lucky no one else (or the police) blew him away out of fear that he was some nut ready to go ballistic.

    • AZWarrior

      The purpose was to exercise 2nd Amendment rights in ‘FREEDOM PLAZA’. Hello? There is no longer freedom………..

      • Chris

        Hello……….I “know” that………do you know how to “read”?

        • AZWarrior

          Wasn’t disparaging you, dick.

          • Chris

            Well THERE’S something I don’t have!

  • Alondra

    Sheriff Joe, Lead Obama ID Fraud Investigator, had an High-Level Meetings In Washington DC (The meeting was scheduled to go for One hour, but ended up going for about FOUR and a HALF hours)

  • Chris

    Sheriff Joe for President……………hooray!!!!

  • Patriot66

    JEW! get back into zee oven! NOW!

  • Ibn Insha

    We wanted government to protect us and we got that. For well over 100 years we gave government more and more powers so that we could be protected. We praised police every time it violated somebody else liberty and now our irresponsibility has returned to haunt us. Payback’s a bitch.