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Texas Police Hit Organic Farm With Massive SWAT Raid

I didn't see this posted here yet. Apologies if it already has been. This is an outrage

By Radley Balko

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 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.

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This is a the police would work in a free society


Protect your assets and profit from the greatest wealth transfer in history.

Isn't all this freedom just wonderful.


Do folks...

...in the local community stand up and publicly protest these kinds of abuses, or do they just let it slide? The People need to start making themselves seen and heard in mass numbers every time an outrage like this happens.

Agenda 21/ICLEI...

Arlington, TX is one of the cities that has adopted ICLEI. So I'm not completely surprised. AND Arlington, TX is one of the cities that the FAA has given the PD permission to use drones.

My favorite youtube gardener, John growingyourgreens

with 843 videos, had his house searched a few days ago because he's growing vegetables in his BATHROOM! Didn't they search his name? If they had done that, they would have known all they need to know about him. He goes into warning mode at the end, and shares some 'tips' when the cops goes after you, advising people to exercise your rights or else they'll take then from you. He also compares the cops to vampires - you never let them in your house either.


If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

Some lying citizen scragging a hated neighbor.

The criminal police department acted on false information and should be sued for trillions of dollars for being stupid and criminal.

The Police officers their bosses, the judges and any secretarial staff who failed to bloow the whistle.

Plus 10 years in the lockholes for being rotten and destructive apes.

Free includes debt-free!

Cops acting illegally

They should be brought up on charges of false imprisonment, at least! I wonder if there's some way to nail them for covering their name tags - they knew they were doing wrong, and did it anyway!

Yes, it's an outrage, this kind of crap needs to be nipped in the bud, if it's not too late.

Freedom is my Worship Word!