Park police promptly ejected the group, with one officer telling them: “You are dancing in here! That’s disorderly!” A participant, Brooke Oberwetter, was arrested and held for several hours. Oberwetter later filed suit against the arresting officer.
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the ban on dancing in the memorial, according to local blog the DCist. Judge Thomas B. Griffith wrote:
As the flash mob was being ejected in 2008, a participant looked at the Jefferson Memorial wall and muttered, “Not exactly what’s written on the wall.”
Watch the video of Oberwetter’s arrest below:
Read the panel’s ruling on the case:
And now, a bigger dance party is planned at the Jefferson Memorial. With 1600 people!