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Police Destroy Organic Farm in Massive SWAT Team Raid

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  1. Goldhedge

    Goldhedge Modal Operator/Moderator Site Mgr Site Supporter

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    Police Destroy Organic Farm in Massive SWAT Team Raid
    The assault is the latest example of police using military tactics against American civilians, often for no reason at all.

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    A small organic farm in Arlington, Texas, was the target of a massive police action last week that included aerial surveillance, a SWAT raid and a 10-hour search.

    Members of the local police raiding party had a search warrant for marijuana plants, which they failed to find at the Garden of Eden farm. But farm owners and residents who live on the property told a Dallas-Ft. Worth NBC station that the real reason for the law enforcement exercise appears to have been code enforcement. The police seized "17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants ... native grasses and sunflowers," after holding residents inside at gunpoint for at least a half-hour, property owner Shellie Smith said in a statement. The raid lasted about 10 hours, she said.

    Local authorities had cited the Garden of Eden in recent weeks for code violations, including "grass that was too tall, bushes growing too close to the street, a couch and piano in the yard, chopped wood that was not properly stacked, a piece of siding that was missing from the side of the house, and generally unclean premises," Smith's statement said. She said the police didn't produce a warrant until two hours after the raid began, and officers shielded their name tags so they couldn't be identified. According to ABC affiliate WFAA, resident Quinn Eaker was the only person arrested -- for outstanding traffic violations.

    The city of Arlington said in a statement that the code citations were issued to the farm following complaints by neighbors, who were "concerned that the conditions" at the farm "interfere with the useful enjoyment of their properties and are detrimental to property values and community appearance." The police SWAT raid came after "the Arlington Police Department received a number of complaints that the same property owner was cultivating marijuana plants on the premises," the city's statement said. "No cultivated marijuana plants were located on the premises," the statement acknowledged.

    The raid on the Garden of Eden farm appears to be the latest example of police departments using SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics to enforce less serious crimes. A Fox television affiliate reported this week, for example, that police in St. Louis County, Mo., brought out the SWAT team to serve an administrative warrant. The report went on to explain that all felony warrants are served with a SWAT team, regardless whether the crime being alleged involves violence.

    In recent years, SWAT teams have been called out to perform regulatory alcohol inspections at a bar in Manassas Park, Va.; to raid bars for suspected underage drinking in New Haven, Conn.; to perform license inspections at barbershops in Orlando, Fla.; and to raid a gay bar in Atlanta where police suspected customers and employees were having public sex. A federal investigation later found that Atlanta police had made up the allegations of public sex.

    Other raids have been conducted on food co-ops and Amish farms suspected of selling unpasteurized milk products. The federal government has for years been conducting raids on medical marijuana dispensaries in states that have legalized them, even though the businesses operate openly and are unlikely to pose any threat to the safety of federal enforcers.

    Radley Balko is a senior writer and investigative reporter for The Huffington Post. He is also the author of the new book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces.

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/15/texas-swat-team-conducts-_n_3764951.html
     
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  2. TnAndy

    TnAndy retired guy Platinum Bling

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    Expect more Waco type responses as a result.
     
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    10 hours seems like an occupation , not a raid...
    Chopped wood not stacked properly...
    Grass that is to tall...
     
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    I heard they will call in a drone strike if the paint on the house starts peeling.
     
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    awww, :censored:
     
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    My Gawd man, the dangers of a falling woodpile can not be underestimated. Oh the humanity!
     
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    It almost sounds like someone had a personal vendetta againt these people and used the cops to screw with them.
     
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    If they are pubic "servants" like they claim to be and had 10 hours to spare, why didn't they help the taxpayers who pay their salary come up to "code" and stack some wood, cut some grass, etc?
     
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    Its gonna get worse folks. This is just a taste of whats to come.....
     
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    How big of an a-hole could you be to run an organic farm?

    Seems like these people could've been addressed directly without the rozzers.
     
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    They've got us right where they want us. All of us are criminals -- in violation of some sort of local or federal code. Once we tick them off they just have to figure out which "law" they are going to accuse us of breaking (including the laws that nobody has even heard of).

    Reminds me of the USSR.
     
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    Josh Tolley : Was this a "mistake" or did the cops purposely.................

    [video=youtube_share;oXHaysbkMsM]http://youtu.be/oXHaysbkMsM[/video]
     
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