|Protesters arrested for dancing? Photo credit: jeffersondanceparty.info|
D.C. law enforcement is back in the spotlight.
After defying a court-ordered ban on protest at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., several dancing protesters were arrested Saturday, May 28, 2011.
The participants in a relatively quiet flash mob, that danced without music, were taken into custody by the U.S. Park Service. The incident was caught on camera.
Critics of the police say the officers used excessive force and their actions were on the fringe of police brutality. However, the protesters' detractors say the flash mob was disrespectful of the historic site, broke the law, and deserved to be arrested.
In a video uploaded to Youtube, a U.S. Park Police officer is seen lifting a male protester in the air and body-slamming the man on the floor. The same officer aggressively shoved two men filming the arrests.