A video of the rather violent arrest of Emily Yates, a musician and Army veteran who was protesting U.S. military intervention in Syria at Independence Mall on Friday, went viral over the weekend. Yates, who is being represented by Philly attorney Larry Krasner, is being arraigned this afternoon in federal court. She was touring the country playing gigs and spreading the message of Iraq Veterans Against the War.
The footage, which shows federal officers surrounding Yates and pushing her against a park bench after she asks them what exactly it is she's doing wrong, has been making the rounds on activist websites. Her online collection for a legal defense fund has already raised $9,000.
UPDATE: Krasner tells us the court agreed to release Yates on her own recognizance, with an agreement that if she doesn't show up for court she could have to pay $25,000. She's been charged with disorderly conduct, disobeying police and assaulting the federal officers.
Krasner says there's more video than what's been posted on the web, but there are lots of questions that remain open. Yates, he says, "has a black eye. She has substantial bruising on different parts of her body and there are significant questions about who did exactly what in this interaction."
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