A few weeks ago, Arlington, Texas local law enforcement cited a small organic
farm for code violations such as, "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." Well,
if the government must really get involved, I guess they could cite them
and move on. Instead, the farm was raided by a large SWAT team carrying
machine guns! Additionally, there was air surveillance, a 10 hour search,
and the occupants were held at gun point.
The SWAT team was acting n a warrant to seize marijuana. Yet, no marijuana
was even found. Thankfully, the law SWAT team saved us from much danger
because they were ale to seize "17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants,
14 tomatillo plants ... native grasses and sunflowers." Wow! What
a close call and great use of police power. Also, the police didn't
even produce the warrant until two hours after the SWAT team raided the
land. It will be an interesting issue for a defense lawyer.
I get it. There are times when we need SWAT to enforce the law. But really?!?
An organic farm? This is just one of numerous examples when police departments
overuse SWAT teams and paramilitary to enforce less serious crime. Just
recently, a similar thing happened when St. Louis County, Missouri used
SWAT to serve an administrative warrant. What’s next? When you get
a speeding ticket, they’ll pull you over with a tank! If it’s
a DUI investigation, they’ll call in the stealth bombers! I wonder how the
criminal defense attorney would handle that motion to dismiss?
We support our law enforcement, but come one, try to be half way reasonable.
Reserve our tax dollars and opportunities to invade Constitutional rights
for more serious legal issues.