Emily Yates, a United States veteran, was protesting a potential military strike on Syria on Saturday at a rally in Philadelphia. After the rally, while at Independence Mall, Yates was standing with her banjo under a tree when the Federal Parks Police arrested her for no apparent reason.
The Examiner spoke with a witness who filmed the incident and posted the video on YouTube. He said there were a "few dozen" other people around at the time and explained that the bizarre arrest occurred "about an hour or so before a Pro-Marijuana rally that was also going to take place in that area."
The witness indicated that he started filming because he "saw her [Yates] being confronted and thought something saucy might happen because those park police are known for using force." On the video, one can clearly see that Yates is not being violent or resisting arrest in any way. Additionally, the Federal Parks Police did not tell her why they were arresting her.
The narrator of the film pointed out a comment made by the police at the 1:16 minute mark. One of the officers was holding her foot and disrespectfully asked, "Is she a fish, game or wildlife?"
The First Amendment to the Constitution cites the "right of the people peaceably to assemble." Was Emily Yates not being peaceful?
A message was left with the US Park Police Office, as there are two sides to every story. This report will be updated if any comments are made.
A legal defense fund has been set up for Emily.