UPDATE: As of 9-3-13, at noon PST, Emily has been located. She is being held at the Federal Detention Center in Philly, and that she is calm & physically more or less OK.
This past weekend, US Army vet, Emily Yates was peacefully demonstrating against a Syrian intervention in Independence Mall, an outdoor Philadelphia park. You probably don't know Emily, but here's a quick background on her service to our country from her personal website, emilyyatesdoeseverything.
Emily served in the Army from 2002 to 2008, which included two combat tours to Baghdad, Iraq – the first from January 2005 to January 2006, the second from March 2007 to May 2008. Three weeks after her second deployment ended, she received her honorable discharge from the military.
Brave soldier. Dedicated to America's best interests. Hardly a woman who posed a major threat to a peaceful demonstration. She was armed, though -- with a fully loaded banjo. She was going to sing protest songs.
For whatever reason, this particular day, 32 city police and park police officers were there and felt her presence, nothing more than that, was a threat. She was singled out and asked to leave, given no legal reason. When she inquired why, she was met with a violent apprehension.
RAW STORY reports:
“While she was busy playing a song, park rangers accosted her. When she demanded an explanation for their aggression, they pinned her onto a park bench and dragged her off to an undisclosed location,” according to the website. “We are not being told where she is being held and she has not been allowed any communication with the outside world.”
Is this what America is about? We've lost our freedom of speech. Our freedom of peaceful assembly? And even worse, she's carted off to an undisclosed location and kept incommunicado?
After watching this, ask yourself why we let the police get away with this (wo)manhandling and KGB-like tactics?
WARNING: Disturbing video for those who believe in the freedoms guaranteed us in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.