Within two minutes, local police officers moved in to forcibly dismantle the pyramid before the motorcade arrived at the destination. The officers handcuffed the six men but a seventh demonstrator ran from the scene and has not been identified. One of the men, Ben Keely, 22, had his arm twisted and was forced to the ground and handcuffed so tightly that his left hand remained numb well into the following evening.
Six 18- to 22-year-olds in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for stripping down to thongs and forming a naked pyramid like the one photographed at Abu Ghraib, reports aclu.org. The “Smoketown Six” were about to protest America’s action in Iraq as a motorcade with George W. Bush passed by. But Bush never got to see the display. “These young men were arrested and removed from sight for no other reason than the fact that their presence would have resulted in an embarrassing visual for the president,” said Paula Knudsen, a Pennsylvania attorney representing one of the protesters. “These arrests were motivated by politics, not law. The actions of these men are clearly protected under the First Amendment and we hope to see them acquitted of all charges.”