#AdamKokesh, longtime anarcho-libertarian #activist who first came to public prominence with #IraqVeteransAgainsttheWar in 2007 and was later a big #RonPaul supporter, today filed the paperwork necessary to officially seek the U.S. presidency. He is hoping for the #Libertarian Party's presidential nomination.
He also had his RV pulled over twice by #Texas #police, and was arrested the second time.
A video of the second pullover that led to the arrest can be found on Facebook (and is embedded below). It shows #highwaypatrol officers instructing Kokesh to shut off his camera at the point a #policedog, off-camera, was said to have "alerted" to the RV. Kokesh was pulled over for driving 74 in a 65 zone, according to one officer in the video.
According to the #TexasACLU, the #police do not have the right to demand a #citizen stop videotaping willy-nilly though they have the loophole I'm sure they'd summon here regarding "truly interfering with legitimate law enforcement operations." The #ACLU notes that "Professional officers, however, realize that such operations are subject to public scrutiny, including by citizens photographing them." Jacob Sullum at #Reason in a classic 2013 cover story demolished the probity of the "dog alert=suspension of #FourthAmendment rights" line of thought and practice.
A spokeswoman for the Wise County Jail confirms #Kokesh is in their custody on four charges, one related to possession of under two ounces of #marijuana, two related to #possession of another #controlledsubstance she was not able to specify, and one for "tampering and/or fabricating evidence with intent to impair" a police investigation. He will likely be arraigned and have bond set tomorrow.
Ben Farmer, the Kokesh campaign's chief strategist, says in an email that "we don't know any more than you do at this time about the charges or the circumstances of his arrest. We do find it suspicious that Adam was pulled over twice within an hour of formally announcing his candidacy for President. Particularly, since he just came off of a 4 month, cross-country tour in the same vehicle without being pulled over once the entire time."