Anti-War Protester Emily Yates Arrested for Playing Banjo in Park (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Activist Emily Yates was arrested on Friday for apparently playing her banjo on Independence Mall in Philadelphia to protest against possible U.S. military action in Syria.

In a video (below), Yates and the Federal Parks Police go back and forth about why she could not stand in a shaded area.

When Yates turned her back, police officers bent the peaceful protester over a bench and handcuffed her.

It's not clear what law, if any, Yates was violating.

"We live in a f------ police state! They’re damaging my body and my personal property! I went to war for this country! Stop manhandling me!" yelled Yates, who may be an U.S. veteran.

"Stop resisting," yelled back a police officer (video below).

Several bystanders recorded the arrest and yelled obscenities at the officers while Yates screamed.