Unjustified, Massive Arlington Texas SWAT Raid Against Innocent Sustainability Commune Demonstrates Utter Contempt for Rule of Law by City, Robocops, & Court
by Clark Kent
December 22, 2013. EY posted Dec. 28, 2013
SWAT team raids sustainable community
At around seven thirty last Friday morning [August 2, 2013], inhabitants of The Garden of Eden, a small Intentional Community based on Sustainability, were awakened by a SWAT raid conducted by the City of Arlington [Texas] for suspicion of being a full fledged marijuana growth and trafficking operation. Ultimately only a single arrest was made based on unrelated outstanding traffic violations, a handful of citations were given for city code violations, and zero drug related violations were found.
The entire operation lasted about 10 hours and involved many dozens of city officials, SWAT team, police officers, and code compliance employees, and numerous official vehicles including dozens of police cars and several specialized vehicles that were involved in the “abatement” operation. Witnesses say that there were helicopters and unmanned flying drones circling the property in the days prior to the raid that are presumed to have been a part of the intelligence gathering. The combined expenses for the raid itself and the collection of information leading up to the fruitless raid are estimated in the tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars.
All 8 adults present in the house were initially handcuffed at gunpoint by heavily armed SWAT officers, including the mother of a 22 month old and a two week old baby who was separated from her children during the raid.
The majority of police activity on the day of the raid included mowing the grass, the forcible destruction of both wild and cultivated plants like blackberries, lamb’s quarters and okra, and the removal of other varied materials from around the premises such as pallets, tires and cardboard that the Community members say they had collected for use in sustainability projects.
No marijuana or other drugs were found on site and the inhabitants of the premises were all unarmed.
[Read the seven page Search Warrant from Arlington Municipal Court Judge Kathleen Weisskopf used to justify the August 2, 2013 ten hour raid on the Garden of Eden farm and hold all of its members at gunpoint and cuffed for several hours while a small army of city workers and police hauled away 10 tons of their property, along with the destruction of their garden plants. How would you feel if this happened to you, on your property, and with your family terrorized by flax jacketed police thugs pointing an assault rifle at you and all of it based on the unfounded, unproven, and unsupported "beliefs" expressed in this search warrant supposedly inspired by an ANONYMOUS, unnamed, informant "known" to Arlington Police Officer M. Perez? Apparently, any police officer in Arlington Texas can get former assistant city attorney, and now municipal Judge Kathleen Weisskopf, to sign off on a search warrant and authorize a full combat SWAT team assault on a citizen's homestead based on the expression "I believe blah, blah,blah... to be true." The expressing of an unsupported OPINION before the bench is now tantamount to EVIDENCE of fact in the municipal court of Judge Kathleen Weisskopf. This search warrant makes a detestable mockery and travesty of the very purpose for requiring police to go before a judge to obtain a search warrant before barging into someone's home. The judge is suppose to act as an impartial referee and has a fiduciary responsibility to the citizens and the Court to PROTECT and SAFEGUARD the Constitutional rights of its citizens who, at worst, are merely SUSPECTED of involvement in criminal activity.]
Quinn Eaker of the Garden of Eden
After several hours and many requests from the community members, the City Police Officers finally produced two warrants. The first was a Search Warrant for a suspected marijuana growth and distribution operation purportedly being concealed on the premises. There was also an Inspection & Abatement Warrant for code compliance violations such as tall grass and storage in the yard, an issue that the City of Arlington and The Garden of Eden have been disputing since February of this year. The marijuana warrant was issued based on an unsubstantiated claim by an Arlington City Police Officer of possession of marijuana by one of the community members for which there is no police record. Garden of Eden community members also say they have a series of documents showing that their dispute with the City of Arlington over the code compliance violations had already been addressed and settled.
[Media contact: Quinn Eaker can be reached at 817 992 4615 or emailed at email@example.com
The Garden of Eden web site: http://www.intothegardenofeden.com/
Please help Quinn Eaker and the members of The Garden of Eden achieve some sort of legal recourse against those responsible for the wanton destruction and theft of their property, and the traumatizing stress unnecessarily inflicted upon adults and children alike during the terrifying SWAT raid by the Arlington Police Department at their farm on August 2, 2013
Donations can be made at : http://gofundme.com/45m760
Created by Inok Alrutz on September 1, 2013
KENNEDALE, TX Accidents & Emergencies
We are a small sustainable community that was recently subjected to a SWAT raid by our city government over the appearance of our yard. They falsely accused us of being a marijuana growth and trafficking operation to justify the use of such excessive force, with no sound evidence to substantiate the claims cited in the search warrant, and no evidence found during the raid.
We have used hundreds of hours over the last few months researching the law and talking to those in the know about the law and our options to hold the city and the individuals involved accountable. We have a powerful plan in the works and are excited to utilize this support to enforce justice. Full details of the raid here ]
Landowner Shellie Smith
states that she has been requesting a peaceful and honorable resolution since the onset of the dispute in February, requesting the aid of the City Manager Trey Yelverton, Sheriff Dee Anderson and Mayor Robert Cluck, but has received no response in the matter. Ms. Smith says “the City codes are in violation of our natural and Constitutional rights to live freely while causing damage to no one, and since there is no damaged party, there has been no crime committed on our part. Rather, the City of Arlington has trespassed and committed robbery against us, amongst other crimes, and will be held accountable in a court of law in due time. We have been targeted by the system because we are showing people how to live without it. We are growing more than just tomatoes here, we are growing the consciousness that will allow people to live freely and sustainably, and the system doesn’t want that to be known.”
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[The seven page Search Warrant to raid the Garden of Eden farm was signed by City of Arlington Municipal Associate Judge Kathleen Weisskopf on August 1, 2013, based on the sworn affidavit of an Arlington police woman by the name of Detective M. Perez, #2558. Kathleen Weisskopf was an assistant attorney for the City of Arlington for 20 years before being appointed in June of 2012 to an Associate Judgeship on the Arlington Municipal bench for a two year term by Mayor Robert N. Cluck, effective June 25, 2012.]
Judge Kathleen Weisskopf
City of Arlington Municipal Court of Record
101 S. Mesquite Street
Arlington, Terrant County, Texas 76010
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We Are Change interviews Quinn Eaker of Garden of Eden about the raid:
Published Dec. 5, 2013
In this video Luke Rudkowski travels to Dallas Texas to visit Quinn Eaker of the Garden of Eden community. Quinn tells us about the mission of the Garden of Eden and how recent pressure from the state has harassed, intimidated, fined, and is threatening the existence of their community.
For updates on the unfolding of these matters click here
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The Garden of Eden is a small intentional community in southwest Arlington dedicated to Freedom, Sustainability and Responsibility. Since 2009 they have been providing food, shelter and sustainability education classes and workshops to the public for free. Their 3.5 acre land contains chickens, bees, composting stations, a large vegetable garden and many wildcrafted trees and plants that are used for foods, medicines, and household and beauty products. Their vision is to be a fully self-sustaining center for education on sustainable living.
August 27, 2013 Quinn Eaker interview with Ron Paul on SWAT raid, Part 1
Published on Aug 27, 2013
Part 2. This is an inside look at the Ron Paul interview live at The Garden of Eden. The only way to see the Ron Paul Interview is to be a subscriber so this is for all those who are not subscribers but wanted to see the interview. Plus there is recording in here that wont be in the Ron Paul version. FUN! Although this one doesnt have the cool "star punch" hahahahhahaahhahahaha
Go Ron Paul! Go Freedom! Go Sustainability! Go Self Education! Go Justice! Go GO GO!
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