A Washington D.C. Superior Court judge ordered Former Marine and Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh, who is accused of openly carrying a shotgun in D.C.’s Freedom Plaza, to be held without bond during a preliminary hearing Monday.
Kokesh was charged with possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms while possessing a firearm following a police raid that occurred because of a protest video the activist posted to YouTube on the Fourth of July. Authorities reportedly raided the activist’s home because he released a video showing himself loading a shotgun in the middle of Freedom Plaza.
During the hearing, Kokesh’s attorney argued that the video was nothing more than political theater. But, the judge disagreed, ordering that Kokesh be held until his next court appearance.
“I consider your client to be a very dangerous man,” the judge said. “This is not a political statement.”
Kokesh is expected back in a D.C. courtroom Aug. 13.