Adam Kokesh was arrested outside of the White House before an anti-war with Syria demonstration
Officers claim Kokesh has a warrant in Maryland over an incident with TSA that occurred in November of 2015
Kokesh received a letter from TSA stating that they were not pursuing Civil Penalties
A judge in DC decided to hold Kokesh in jail with a $10,000 bond
As concerns over America’s involvement in Syria continue to grow, activist Adam Kokesh decided to hold a “No War with Syria” demonstration in front of the White House on Monday afternoon.
A Facebook event was created for the demonstration titled “War is for losers! Global US Out of Syria Protest.” Before the event even began, Kokesh was arrested.
Law enforcement claim that Kokesh has a warrant in Maryland over an issue with TSA in 2015. A letter from TSA to Kokesh goes into further detail on the original incident.
The letter states that on November 19, 2015, at approximately 9:32 am, Kokesh exited the Advanced Imaging Technology located at the BWI TSA “D” Pier Passenger Security-screening Checkpoint.
Kokesh was questioned about a “device” strapped to his right ankle, to which he replied with an “inappropriate statement.” Following Kokesh’s inappropriate statement the security checkpoint was closed for approximately ten minutes.
The letter goes on to say that Kokesh violated § 1540.109, which states that, “No person may interfere with, assault, threaten, or intimidate screening personnel in the performance of their screening duties under this subchapter.”
The punishment can result in a Civil Penalty of up to $3,500. In Kokesh’s situation, the letter clearly states that instead of following through with a Civil Penalty they would instead give him a warning notice.
His warrant allegedly stems from a failure to appear on February 10, 2017, in relation to the TSA incident. Kokesh did not attend court due to the letter telling him that TSA would not be seeking Civil Punishment.
Kokesh was held in a DC jail until he could go before a judge at 1:00 pm on Tuesday.
News2Share has been giving updates from the courthouse throughout the day. It was reported at 1:15 that Kokesh may be released today, but would have to surrender himself to the State of Maryland immediately.
If Kokesh is not released today, he will have to sit in jail in DC for three days and wait for a possible extradite to Maryland. With the charge being a misdemeanor that TSA did not wish to pursue, the chance of an extradition being granted is slim.
At 3:02 pm, News2Share released another update stating that “Adam was seen by a judge for his ‘fugitive matter out of Maryland.’ Said ‘good afternoon to you.’ Defense asked for his case to be passed over. He will be seen even later today.” At the end of a day full of court hearings for Kokesh, the judge decided to keep Kokesh in jail with a $10,000 bond.