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Thu Aug 15, 2013, 09:30 AM

Texas cops raid farm commune when mistaking tomato plants for marijuana

Texas cops raid farm commune when mistaking tomato plants for marijuana
By Arturo Garcia
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 10:32 EDT
Texas cops criticized for botched drug raid on 'Garden of Eden'

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Police in Arlington, Texas are being criticized for their tactics during a drug raid on a local farm that came up empty while allegedly damaging both the property and the crops.

“They can’t even tell the difference between tomato plants and a marijuana drug cartel,” farm resident Quinn Eaker told KXAS-TV. “That’s just really bad intel.”

Eaker said to KXAS that he and several residents at the “Garden of Eden” sustainability garden were handcuffed at gunpoint by officers during the Aug. 2 raid, which also involved a SWAT team, after an undercover officer and helicopter surveillance allegedly gave authorities probable cause to believe there was marijuana being grown on the premises.

“They came here under the guise that we were doing a drug trafficking, marijuana-growing operation,” owner Shellie Smith told WFAA-TV. “They destroyed everything.”

The Dallas Morning News reported that the farm’s account of the raid, which accuses police of destroying plants and removing needed materials from the farm, has spread online, while police counter that they conducted themselves professionally during the action.

“Yes, they were initially handcuffed,” police spokesperson Christopher Cook told the Morning News. “However, once it was determined it was secure they were taken out of handcuffs. Typically we wouldn’t do that, but they were compliant.”


http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/14/texas-cops-raid-farm-commune-when-mistaking-tomato-plants-for-marijuana/

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Reply Texas cops raid farm commune when mistaking tomato plants for marijuana (Original post)
marble falls Aug 2013 OP
newfie11 Aug 2013 #1
Garion_55 Aug 2013 #2
enough Aug 2013 #3
magical thyme Aug 2013 #7
hobbit709 Aug 2013 #4
yesphan Aug 2013 #5
MrScorpio Aug 2013 #6
Ganja Ninja Aug 2013 #8
RC Aug 2013 #9
MrMickeysMom Aug 2013 #19
rocktivity Aug 2013 #10
KansDem Aug 2013 #11
Kingofalldems Aug 2013 #12
blackspade Aug 2013 #13
They_Live Aug 2013 #14
DeSwiss Aug 2013 #15
The Wizard Aug 2013 #16
Scalded Nun Aug 2013 #17
MrMickeysMom Aug 2013 #18
iamthebandfanman Aug 2013 #20
unhappycamper Aug 2013 #21

Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 09:32 AM

1. DUH!

Maybe they better learn what pot looks like in the field.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 09:35 AM

2. 'the police stand by the fact they wasted thousands of

dollars of hard earned tax payer money for absolutely no reason at all and say they would do it again because cops dont give a fuck'

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Response to Garion_55 (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 09:38 AM

3. Not to mention wasting all the work that went into that garden. I hope these folks get more

than an apology.

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Response to Garion_55 (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 09:49 AM

7. they should return what they stole and restore what they destroyed

The video shows a good 4-5 sheets of paper listing, front and back, the property they took. That's quite a bit of stuff they took on their so-called drug raid.

People targeted by the cops should consider putting game cameras up. They are 100% battery operated and camoflauged, so the police won't realize they're on film until it's too late for them to destroy the cameras.

(I'm not targeted by our cops, but I have bad neighbors so am installing game cameras to catch future trespassing and harassment of my animals on film.)

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 09:39 AM

4. Any halfwit should be able to tell the difference-never mind, it was cops.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 09:48 AM

5. "Typically we wouldn’t do that, but they were compliant.”

I'm sure they were really hoping they would resist a bit so they could use lethal force.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 09:49 AM

6. This was nothing but pure harassment

They didn't like the hippies, so the cops trumped up the charges to go in there and intimidate them.

They should get a lawyer and sue the fuck out of those cops and the fucking DA

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 09:53 AM

8. Exactly

Communes are full of communists and it's always open season on them.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 10:03 AM

9. Hey cops, here are some pictures.

 




The recognizable marijuana leaf with five to seven leaflets attached at a center point

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Response to RC (Reply #9)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 03:04 PM

19. Plus, the tomatoes don't stay lit, officers!

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 10:07 AM

10. If that's the police's idea of professionalism

they must be on drugs.

Restitution, anyone?


rocktivity

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 10:31 AM

11. Man, now I know why the tomato-plant leaves I smoked last night...

...didn't do a damn thing for me!

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 10:32 AM

12. 'We're gonna git them dirty hippies!'

Just like the guy said, the cops were dying to arrest those people.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 10:35 AM

13. So reason they took things from the farm was based on what?

If there was no grow operation, why did they confiscate (steal) anything?
Code violations? What violations exactly?
The video is some piss poor reporting.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 12:28 PM

14. Yay Cops!

The best ever!


I hope they get sued for a tremendous amount of money, tomatoes are expensive!

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 12:58 PM

15. “That’s just really bad intel.”

- No, I'm afraid it's actually built that way.

K&R

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 02:10 PM

16. Suspecting drugs

is not grounds to abuse law abiding citizens. But hey, this is police state America where worshiping uniforms is what we do.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 02:43 PM

17. Welcome to Texas, Welcome to America

This is the treatment everyone can start expecting in this country. It matters not if you are completely innocent, it only matters that 'they' (powers that be, and NOT just the police) can carry their intent on to completion, whatever their definition of completion may be (harassment, show of force, they do not like the way you look or talk, etc.).

Police no longer act with integrity and honor. Blanket statement, yes, but honor among police is getting to be the exception and no longer the rule. Texas is now a leader in this approach to law enforcement. Once other states see just how far Texas can go they will follow. It's a race to the bottom and you better not get in their way.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 02:59 PM

18. Hey Ya'll... here's the Chief of Police's phone number...

817-459-5600

You'll probably get his secretary's voice mail, like I did. I told them, "everyone makes mistakes... even the police"... I gave them two suggestions:

1) Apologize to the persons owning that farm where you mis-identified tomato plants for marijuana plants.

2) Pay for the crops the police department destroyed because they can't tell the difference.

I was so nice, some of my Texas accent came back... and I only lived there for 3 years!

I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD GIVE THEM A CALL...

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 03:11 PM

20. sounds like they assumed

that hed have some pot somewhere they could find and charge him with..

they probably didn't even really mistake the tomatoes for pot...
just using that as an excuse to get onto his property and search him

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