From ABC news:
The U.S. Park Police are investigating whether
excessive force was used in the arrest of five
protesters Saturday, who silently danced in the
interior of the Jefferson Memorial to protest a recent
ruling against dancing at federal monuments.
Videos posted to YouTube over the weekend show
park police officers in light blue polo shirts
handcuffing dancers. It looked as if one protester,
who was wearing a "Disobey" T-shirt, had been body-
slammed by an officer, and choked.
In a YouTube video of Saturday's incident, when a
police officer asked the protestors which one of them
was the leader, a member of the group pointed toward
the statue of Thomas Jefferson inside the rotunda.
"I'll give you a warning," the officer said calmly. "If
you come out here and you demonstrate by dancing,
you will be placed under arrest. ... Does everybody
Groups looking to protest at federal monuments are
required to obtain permits.
Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser told the
Associated Press Monday that the Park Police chief
had directed the Office of Professional Responsibility
to conduct an investigation into the officers' conduct.
The dancers were protesting a January 2011 decision
by a federal judge who'd ruled that dancing quietly at
the memorial was an illegal demonstration and not an
expression of free speech.
On April 12, 2008, on the eve of Jefferson's 265th
birthday, 17 dancers wore headphones and silently
sashayed around the interior of the memorial. One
woman was arrested. Although criminal charges
against her were dropped, one of the other protesters
filed a suit against the U.S. Park Service, claiming the
arrest was illegal.
"The purpose of the memorial is to publicize Thomas
Jefferson's legacy, so that critics and supporters alike
may contemplate his place in history," U.S. District
Judge John Bates wrote in his decision.
"Prohibiting demonstrations is a reasonable means of
ensuring a tranquil and contemplative mood at the
Jefferson Memorial," he wrote.