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Fri Aug 16, 2013, 12:08 AM

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 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.
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silvershadow Aug 2013 OP
Mnpaul Aug 2013 #1
NYC_SKP Aug 2013 #2
cliffordu Aug 2013 #8
NYC_SKP Aug 2013 #9
Beowulf42 Aug 2013 #17
Tx4obama Aug 2013 #3
DreamGypsy Aug 2013 #5
DallasNE Aug 2013 #13
Downwinder Aug 2013 #4
dickensknitter Aug 2013 #6
SwissTony Aug 2013 #15
Cha Aug 2013 #7
a2liberal Aug 2013 #10
delrem Aug 2013 #11
DallasNE Aug 2013 #14
gtar100 Aug 2013 #16
NickB79 Aug 2013 #19
7wo7rees Aug 2013 #12
onethatcares Aug 2013 #18
RandiFan1290 Aug 2013 #20
indepat Aug 2013 #21

Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 12:12 AM

1. This is looking like...

a scene from Alice's Restaurant in real life.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 12:16 AM

2. Recommended and kicked for more comments. (nt)

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 02:11 AM

8. Yeppers. Me too.

Fucking Texas.

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Response to cliffordu (Reply #8)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 02:15 AM

9. You missed a good thread about our great states of Pennsyltucky and Calibama.

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Response to cliffordu (Reply #8)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 03:19 AM

17. Not just Texas.

It's the militarization of our police forces in every city and state. The fireman who waves at the police and is threatenend and cuffed. Our attitude toward police has to change from force to problem solving.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 12:16 AM

3. I do not understand why...


I do not understand why --- police seized "17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants ... native grasses and sunflowers," ...

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 12:50 AM

5. Clearly the police were planning ...

...to make gumbo and smoothies for everyone, served on a table decorated beautifully with sunflowers and grasses.

Lots more information about the situation, the history, and the participants on the Garden of Eden Facebook page.

Check out the photos. See the famous outdoor couch being taken away.

The hippies and the pigs redux.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 02:55 AM

13. Tomatillo Plants and Blackberry Bushes

Looked like marijuana plants to the police, as near as I can tell. Maybe they thought okra was something that was mixed in to stretch out the marijuana -- who knows. They thought sweet potato plants were weeds so the took a weed whacker to them. It looks like idiots on parade.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 12:44 AM

4. Arlington Police ransack the Garden of Eden.


It was not Eve's fault.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 01:50 AM

6. Okra!?!!

It IS a scary heat-loving plant...

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Response to dickensknitter (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 03:09 AM

15. an it looks so much like marijuana

(in case it's needed).

Welcome to DU, dickensknitter. Enjoy your time here.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 02:04 AM

7. Can you imagine the trauma those Organic Farmers went through!

Being held at gunpoint for 1/2 hour!

And, for what!

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.

Was there no one in Charge with a lick of Common Sense?!!

mahalo silvershadow.

Don't mess with our Planet's organic farmers!

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 02:24 AM

10. Can't have competition for Big Ag (Monsanto and friends) (n/t)

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 02:27 AM

11. Perhaps from hereon the "farm owners and residents who live on the property"

will be more mindful of their responsibility to keep up a minimum of decorum. After all, if these are organic farmers, you'd think they would have sufficient understanding of their neighborhood, of the virtue of enhancing value by taking basic care.

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Response to delrem (Reply #11)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 03:01 AM

14. The Farm Is Probably In The Path

Of some development project so they want to take the land cheap and what better way to discourage the residents from staying than to destroy everything they had.

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Response to delrem (Reply #11)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 03:15 AM

16. Yes. Because next they might get shot.

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Response to delrem (Reply #11)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 07:32 AM

19. Yeah, cause nothing demands a gun in the face more

Than improperly stacked firewood and a piece of missing siding

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 02:30 AM

12. Living less than 30 miles from where this happened some perspective

Yes, it is "f'ing Texas", coming to your neighborhood soon. Out of control police, DEA, neighbors, City Code officials, oh the list could go on and on. Don't forget this is Arlington, home of the monument to Jerry Jones (now named AT&T Stadium and HIS Cowboy team). Truly sad.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 05:12 AM

18. I thought

texass was the home of little government regulation and intrusion on personal freedom. Apparently someone should call Mr. Goodhair.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 07:41 AM

20. What? No dogs for them to shoot?

They must have been disappointed.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Aug 16, 2013, 05:08 PM

21. Thank you gipper for your efforts in militarizing the police in the war on drugs. Thank

you GHWB, Bill, junior, and BHO for keeping such a swell idea alive: the heroic fruits of this endeavor are on display almost daily.

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