The rabble-rouser and Iraq war veteran who promised “we will not obey” on the video and has advocated for overthrow of the government “by whatever means necessary” was removed in handcuffs and charged with possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms while possessing a firearm, according to court papers. His housemates allege that they were mistreated by police, who they say used too much force.
Park Police Lt. Pamela Smith said the agency has “chosen not to respond” to those allegations because of the ongoing investigation. Park Police also would not comment on the roommates’ characterization of what happened inside the home. It was unclear if charges would be filed related to the July 4 video on YouTube.
Smith would say only that her agency executed a search warrant at a Snowflake Court home about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, looking for an unspecified weapon. The agency is responsible for policing Freedom Plaza, the park a few blocks from the White House where Kokesh filmed his video.
One roommate who saw the search warrant said police were looking for the gun and raw footage from the July 4 video. The housemates say officers took that weapon, files and other items.
On Wednesday, a Fairfax County court clerk said Kokesh declined to be arraigned or fingerprinted. A judge went to Kokesh’s county jail cell to arraign him, said Lt. Steve Ebert of the sheriff’s office.
Four housemates, who work on Kokesh’s Internet show “Adam vs. the Man,” said police barricaded the street with cruisers and a light armored vehicle Tuesday night. Darrell Young, a roommate who was driving home, said he watched the action unfold.
“I instantly knew it was going to be a raid,” Young said.
As roommates cooked dinner and Kokesh napped, several of the residents heard a thump at the door. Then another knock. Finally, the door burst open, the flash grenade was lobbed inside and the house filled with smoke.
Officers poured in. Kokesh was separated from the housemates, who were handcuffed and herded into a room, they said. They estimated that 30 to 40 officers participated in the raid.
Over the next five hours, the roommates said, officers combed through the house, looking through books, emptying closets and cracking a safe owned by Kokesh.
They said Kokesh was questioned and kicked at one point. Another claimed that he was hit. “I was punched in the back of the head,” Edward Yealey said.
In the July 4 video, Kokesh is seen loading rounds into what appears to be a shotgun as the Capitol looms in the distance.