$5000 bond granted, probation period to last until October
July 15, 2013
Pro-Second Amendment activist Adam Kokesh has been released from jail following his arrest during a raid on his Virginia home last week.
Kokesh was granted bond Monday and is expected to be released this afternoon, according to a report by local ABC News affiliate WJLA.
The bond has been set at $5,000, with a Fairfax County judge ordering that Kokesh be prohibited from possessing firearms until his case goes to trial and is completed.
Kokesh, a former marine turned liberty activist, will have to wait out the probationary period at least until his next scheduled court appearance in early October.
As we reported last week, Kokesh was arrested in Herndon, VA following a SWAT raid during which 20 heavily-armed cops smashed in his door and deployed a flash bang grenade.
Kokesh’s media team alleges that police also assaulted Kokesh by kicking him to the floor when he politely asked to use the bathroom. Throughout the ordeal “police repeatedly showed a volatile desire to initiate aggressive, forceful conduct with detainees,” according to a press release.
Police also appear to have informed the media that the raid was about to take place as television vans were photographed outside Kokesh’s residence as soon as the raid occurred.
The raid came following the publication of a YouTube video on July 4 in which Kokesh is seen to load a 12 gauge shotgun before announcing “We are the final American revolution. See you next Independence Day.”
The video was filmed at Freedom Plaza, just down the street from the White House. Under DC law, it is illegal to carry firearms in public and Kokesh could face up to five years in a federal prison.
Kokesh’s open carry protest stemmed out of his call for a “new American revolution” that would have involved a march on all 50 state capitols. The former Iraq vet had previously planned to lead an armed march on Washington DC on Independence Day.
Kokesh later revised the plan after he was arrested in May for little more than exercising his First Amendment at a pro-marijuana legalization rally in Philadelphia. “When it comes to this event being executed properly,” Kokesh told the Alex Jones Show, “when the government has already escalated the violent tactics against me personally as an organizer, I can’t in good conscience go forward with a plan that is so centrally dependent and not open source.”
Kokesh has spent the past week in the Fairfax County lockup. During initial hearings the ‘Adam Vs The Man’ presenter refused to answer any questions, and would not co-operate with fingerprint scans or photographs, leading a judge to decide initially on holding him without bond.
Kokesh will also face drug related charges, after police allegedly found hallucinogenic mushrooms in his apartment. He has not yet made any public statements on the matter.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.