Published on Jul 26, 2013 -- On Friday July 26 a group of people gathered in the Capitol rotunda to exercise their First Amendment right to petition their government and consult for the common good and so on in song. The Capitol Police brought out an LRAD1000x and announced that the group of people were "unlawfully assembled" and warned that if the they did not disperse the entire group was subject to arrest, but the police took it further than that.
Groups of officers would march into the rotunda and seemingly randomly select 3-5 people and cuff them and bring them downstairs. They did this every 8-12 minutes.
But above the singers were dozens of people watching, bearing witness to the gross police and political misconduct, just checking what was going on, touring the capitol with their family, along with a contingent of Republican staffers getting off watching the real life police porn.
Police started warning random groups of onlookers that if they didn't immediately disperse they to would be arrested. Many of those warned were tourists visiting from out of town.