Friday, August 16, 2013

It's Getting Ridiculous

Jurisdictions all across the country are now pushing the SWAT button for ridiculous reasons.

If Police departments can't handle such trivial matters as serving an administrative warrant, code violations or checking the motherfucking license of a God Damn barber shop then they have no business being tasked with anything other than frequenting the local Dunkin Donuts.

These are basic functions of a normal local police department.
When that is their first option then they have lost their legitimate purpose for being in business.
That is the bottom line.

Texas Police Hit Organic Farm With Massive SWAT Raid

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.

Okra and Black berry plants, ten hours, gunpoint. Get that?

Wait, it gets even better.

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.

My emphasis.

Let's see, massive ten hour SWAT raid with no fucking warrant until two hours after they first showed up in force with automatic weapons,hiding their identification and all they could find was some fucking Blackberry bushes, some Okra plants and some dude with traffic shit he hadn't taken care of.

Someone explain to me why this couldn't have been handled by a couple of Sheriff's deputies.

Oh wait, there were "reports" of a marijuana grow operation.

I'll tell ya what, if there were actually any reports as they say, there will be documentation. Cops love to pull that bullshit. There will be a report written over this clusterfuck that will be a matter of public record that has to document the reason why they felt SWAT was their best option and some vague horseshit about "reports" of a marijuana grow had better have some credibility.

If that documentation isn't forthcoming I do believe I would contact an especially vicious lawyer who has a hard on for cops and tell them to go to fucking town on these fucking clowns.


Sixbears said...

Everything's bigger in TX . . . including Police screw ups.

Xenolith said...

Doesn't the Constitution say warrants are supposed to state EXACTLY what they're looking for, and basically even if they find something else, there ain't much they can do about it unless its SPECIFICALLY listed on the warrant. Even those ILLEGAL blackberry bushes and okra plants couldn't be seized unless they were listed on the warrant. Although, I personally find okra evil, and think it should all be locked up!

drjim said...

What is this "Constitution" you speak of?

Anonymous said...

I read about it in a comic book years ago.

Robert Fowler said...

"officers shielded their name tags so they couldn't be identified."

What ever happened to the officers that were our friends? We had cops come to the house when I was a kid. They would drink coffee and shoot the shit with Mom and Dad. I was old enough to be included.One of them showed me the first AR-15 I ever saw in person. Now they are turning into a military force full of cowards and dog killers that would rather kick ina door as to knock on it.

Xenolith, you can send me all of your unwanted okra. Some egg and milk wash, cornmeal andimmersion in hot grease, yum. I have never understood how anyone can eat it boiled though. It looks like a pan full of snot.

cavmedic68wAugust 16, 2013 at 6:59 PM
I read about it in a comic book years ago.

That would be a lot funnier if it wasn't becoming the truth.

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