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The Ridiculous Warrant Application Behind a Fruitless Marijuana Raid

A Texas cop was sure those hippies were growing pot on their farm.

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Garden of Eden

On August 2, 2013, a SWAT team of 15 to 20 officers stormed the Garden of Eden, a farming commune in Arlington, Texas, looking for marijuana and weapons. The cops handcuffed commune leader Quinn Eaker and seven other members for a couple of hours while they turned the place upside down, searching for the cannabis plants, buds, marijuana cultivation equipment, scales, packaging, and drug sale records mentioned in the warrant application. They found nothing. Police detained the commune members for another seven and a half hours while city inspectors went over the property, looking for code violations. They also found no contraband. I would say the raid was fruitless, except that the code enforcement officers did uproot and cart away a bunch of hackberry bushes.

Why were the cops so sure that the Garden of Eden was a front for drug trafficking? Because it was a bunch of fucking hippies growing stuff, so of course they were growing marijuana. As detailed in a federal lawsuit filed last month by Eaker and four other victims of the SWAT raid, the justification for this armed invasion was not much stronger than that.

In her search warrant affidavit, which is Exhibit A in the lawsuit, Arlington Detective Magdalena Perez claimed Eaker possessed "a usable quantity of marijuana of two ounces or less" in Arlington "on or about July 30, 2013." Perez cited no basis for that assertion, and Eaker says he neither possessed marijuana nor interacted with police in any way that day. The Houston Chronicle reports that "a search of Arlington court records turned up no marijuana or other drug charges in Eaker's name."

Perez also cited the Garden of Eden's supposedly incriminating website:

The website for the Garden of Eden also advertises "Uber Dank High Vibe Cuisine." While the website indicates that Uber can mean "over the top," "extraordinary," or "super," and Dank can mean "high quality" (mostly for consumables) or "overflowing gratitude," your AFFIANT knows through her training and experience that "Uber Dank" is also slang for high quality marijuana. AFFIANT also knows that individuals who consume marijuana often refer to the sensation felt after consumption as a "high." The website mentions the word high multiple times while describing the food. In addition, AFFIANT knows that some people consume marijuana by baking it into their food.

As it turned out, of course, AFFIANT did not know anything. So what did she do to confirm the suspicions aroused by her close reading of the commune's webite? Perez said she began investigating the Garden of Eden "based upon multiple reports that the residents of the property were growing marijuana." Reports from whom? She did not say, but later in her affidavit she mentioned "an anonymous source of information," who may have contacted police more than once. This person reported that "Quinn Eaker of the 'Garden of Eden' community is growing marijuana that is covered by bamboo and that there were weapons, specifically two rifles and one pistol, on the property." Judging from the results of the search, this anonymous source, who presumably had a grudge against Eaker or the commune, was just making shit up.

Did Perez seek to verify this "information," or did she accept the word of an anonymous source at face value? She reported that she had sent some intrepid undercover cops to a "public event" at the Garden of Eden, where Eaker talked to them about gardening, "growing different types of bamboo," and "various workshops that he conducts on the property." Eaker and property owner Shellie Smith (another plaintiff in the lawsuit) gave the cops a tour of the commune, but "there were portions of the Garden of Eden which officers were not able to access."

Garden of Eden

Pretty damning stuff, but Perez did not stop there. She went the extra mile to make sure her warrant application was airtight by soliciting the help of "Agent S. Reynolds," a marijuana cultivation expert at the Texas Department of Public Safety. After flying over the property in a helicopter at "more than 400 feet," Reynolds reported that he had seen a 30-by-30-foot area with "perimeter plants that appeared to be taller than the interior plants," and "the interior plants did appear to be consistent with marijuana plants." Maybe it was okra. Actually, according to the lawsuit, it was okra, along with tomatoes, peppers, and basil.

One thing we know for sure: It wasn't marijuana, a point that Eaker and his co-plaintiffs say Perez easily could have confirmed by examining the aerial photographs taken by Reynolds. In her affidavit, she said only that she "viewed digital photographs taken during the aerial surveillance and recognized the property." The lawsuit also notes that the area described by Reynolds was not one of the "portions of the Garden of Eden which officers were not able to access" when they took a tour of the property prior to the raid. The implication, says the lawsuit, is that "the officers walked right through the 30 by 30 foot area, perhaps with Smith or Eaker side by side with them, inspected the plants and found no marijuana. This 'boots on the ground' surveillance of the 30 by 30 foot area would have eliminated any idea that there was marijuana there."

A magistrate evidently thought the undocumented possession offense, the online discussion of food, a farmer's interest in farming, the anonymous tip, and the ambiguous report from Reynolds (which seems to have been biased by the tipster's false information) added up to probable cause. Eaker and his co-plaintiffs disagree. They also argue that their detention, which lasted from about 7:40 a.m. until 5 p.m., was unjustified and excessive. They are seeking compensation for the property and emotional damage caused by the raid, along with the legal expenses they have incurred. They are also asking for punitive damages, "because the City of Arlington and Detective Perez showed a reckless and callous indifference" to their constitutional rights.

"I'm passionately convicted in saying this is not how we treat people and this is not how a successful, efficient, honorable society operates," Eaker told the Chronicle. "This is not in line with freedom."

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138 responses to “The Ridiculous Warrant Application Behind a Fruitless Marijuana Raid

  1. A magistrate evidently thought the undocumented possession offense, the online discussion of food, a farmer’s interest in farming, the anonymous tip, and the ambiguous report from Reynolds (which seems to have been biased by the tipster’s false information) added up to probable cause.

    It kind of shows that requiring police to obtain warrants is only one piece of the liberty puzzle. Judges also have to be held accountable for the warrants they grant. In my system, judges would get extra pay for the duty of signing warrants. If any warrant executed comes up fruitless, the judge who signed it would lose the privilege of signing warrants for one year, and forfeit that pay.

    But more importantly, what kind of hippies don’t have weed at their commune?

    1. These agents don’t seem like the sharpest tools in the shed. Maybe there was weed and they missed it. Underground grow bunker?… Offsite facility?

      1. The process was part of the punishment. I’m sure they tore that place apart, whether they actually believed they’d find anything or not.

      2. Did they check the industrial laundry company next door? I hear good things can be found under the large washing machines.

        1. Gus Fring already paid off the right people. So that facility was off limits.

      3. All the weed had been trucked to Syria before they got there.

    2. My solution to warrants is simplicity itself. No judges. You make up your own warrants and execute them yourself. Of course you can (and should) hire lawyers and cops to do the heavy lifting.

      Warrants have to be contestable, falsifiable, complete, consistent, like any other law or regulations, and are appealable before execution for such defects. But you can execute before appeals complete.

      The accountability comes in retribution for defective execution. Your victims get to do the same to you that you did to them, with as much notice, unpredictability, and damage. This is why you should never execute before appeals are complete. If you really think there is some imminent danger which requires execution during appeals, you had better be really sure, because any errors make the retribution far worse. Defects found during appeals merely make you liable for legal costs of the appeal. Execution defects rebound in kind.

      What I like about this scheme is the self-accountability. Be as stupid as you want, and it will rebound as stupidly as you wanted. Be polite and careful, and you minimize repercussions. Only you can judge how much of an emergency there is, so you are held directly accountable.

      1. I propose a conversion to the Judge Dredd system

        1. I don’t know if I can bellow “I AM THE LAW!” in a sufficiently Stallonelike manner.

          1. Can you wear a helmet and frown all day?

          2. Stallone’s version was by far the worst of the two. Check the 2012 version called “Dredd”. It’s the most fantastic low budget comic book movie I’ve ever seen.

            1. seconded.

            2. Indeed. It was a solid film.

          3. Not a new sentiment. “l’etat? C’est moi.

      2. You do realize your plan gives invaders incentive to go in spraying bullets to make certain no one is left to retaliate?

        1. That’s what guardians and powers of attorney are for.

          1. No. Just plain NO. The goal is NO bad seaerches, that our RIGHTS are protectd. Your system gives the legal authorities the opportunity to trash our rights. Better than to blow it and “pay the price”, don’t even go in. what if this guy DID have weed growing everywhere? HOW are the public harmed? WHO would be the victim, without which there is NO CRIME?

            Our Funders were far wiser than you are… they understood the depravity of man, and sought to place hard limits on that baser quality coming out and harming anyone innocent. And THAT s why they wrote that Fourth and Fifth )well, how’s about all TN of the Billof Rights?) the way they did. Don’t forget, theyd just lived through a time when the Brits were DOING everything that provoked them to write the Bill of Rights. They KNEW the extent and types of evil lurking in the hearts of those with power.

            1. Absolutely. We need to go back to victims pressing charges, not the state.

        2. Besides, the same can be said of any criminal activity, now or any time. Not even SWAT teams do it very often. I just can’t see it being a real problem.

        3. Exactly! I would much prefer as i believe out founders had hoped, that a system provide protecting for rights, not just punishment for there violation. The point is to prevent the execution of frivolous warrants in the first place, by having Judicial oversight.

          That system forgets that the State can generally outlast and outspend the aggrieved. So, any system that fails to let it get that far is heavily weighted in favor of the State.

      3. the underlying thinking our Founders imposed on compelling warrants be based on personal affirmation or oath, and are specifically to neme places, things, people involved, and actions, is to place a check on wholesale issuance of frivolous warrants, precisely like this one. Had that judge insisted on PROOF rather than supposition, heresay, affiant’s statements with no sund backing, etc, the judge would not be namable as a party to the laswuit. As it it, HE authorised the abrogation of this man’s rights without sufficient evidence, the very thing the Framers DEMANDED as a condition of issuing any warrant.

        Furthe,r there should be serious penalties for cases as this one, where the affiant fabricates a story, assures the issuing court she is right, and then turns up emptyhanded…. nothngl The judge was careless in not DEMANDING solid evidence, and the cop is dirty as aitch.. for her total lack of substantiation in cases like this.

    3. Every time the cops get a chance to express their inner fascist with a search warrant, there was a dipshit judge who signed it.

      Cops act in the interests of the State in the contest between the authority of the State and the liberty of the people. The nature of the cop’s job is such that it does not attract the best and brightest but rather bullies and fascists. Judges, on the other hand, are supposed to be independent and intelligent.

      That cops would behave like the Gestapo, flagrantly abuse the people, and violate their natural rights if unconstrained is to be expected. Certainly the founders understood this when they insisted upon Amendments IV, V, VI, and VIII in the Bill of Rights.

      Articles like this should name and shame the “magistrate” who authorized this nonsense. In this case, it appears that the magistrate was Associate Municipal Court Judge Kathleen Weisskopf. For her services as judge, the City of Arlington pays her approximately $106,000 per year. Before she was appointed judge, she was an attorney for the city.

      Regarding the Garden of Eden commune, Arlington City spokesperson Sana Syed was reported to have said, “We were dealing with a community that considers itself ‘sovereign.’ It doesn’t acknowledge government or the laws within it. And there are police officers who have been shot by members of self-proclaimed sovereign nations in the past.” Of course, this is nonsense.

      vocativ.com has a pretty good article on the commune and the raid.

      1. It’s just a pretty good thing they didn’t have an aged, friendly labrador.

        The cops would have had to shoot the “aggressive guard dog”.

      2. What I don’t understand is that a warrant is submitted to a judge under oath! If it can be so easily demonstrated that the warrant was full of lies and lapses of procedure, why in the hell are these jack-boots not facing the consequences?

          1. That is basically correct.

    4. Yeah, this story pisses me off on three levels. Police being assholes, hippies, and lame hippies with no drugs.

    5. Well if the intrepid Detective Perez was wrong about the cannabis, maybe she was wrong about the hippies, too? Maybe they weren’t even hippies at all.

      They may have been foodies!

  2. [politely nods upon reading the alt text]

  3. I’m guessing that “magistrate” is a retired cop.

    -jcr

    1. Usually. Sometimes a retired insurance agent.

      1. Which is better. Insurance agents have a better grasp of written English contract law..

    2. It appears that the magistrate was Associate Municipal Court Judge Kathleen Weisskopf. Before she was appointed judge, she was an attorney for the city.

    3. Ex-cops should be banned from serving as judges. Period.

  4. “Police detained the commune members for another seven and a half hours while city inspectors went over the property, looking for code violations.”

    So, was there anything in the warrant about code violations? Why do the police get to detain these people for 7.5 hours while the county looks for unlicensed structures and wiring? (Other than FYTW, obviously.)

    Is it even possible to get a warrant to search for code violations?! Because it shouldn’t be.

    1. Also, would Rodriguez v. US apply here? How long can police extend a detainment like this before it becomes unconstitutional? Can they just keep “searching” your property for days and days if they feel like it, until your untended crops are withered beyond saving? (The process is the punishment.)

    2. Fire marshals and health inspectors and codes enforcement and the like don’t need warrants. As a courtesy and if you know the right people, they might give you advance notice that they’re coming out.

    3. If you can secure a warrant and the use of a SWAT team to check for barber licences, then yes…yes you can. http://www.alternet.org/civil-…..barbershop

  5. That first photo looks like my great aunt Pat circa 1975. The clothes, the colors, the short hair, the garden, the big happy smile.

    She was also NOT some one who would engage chemically driven mind altering substances. Climb mountains, hike across artic ice pack, hack through the jungles of India, hitch rides on tramp freighters in the 50’s and 60’s, oh yeah.

    Seem’s like the Garden of Eden people are cut from same cloth.

  6. Damn dirty hippies- Eric Cartman.

  7. This all reads like KGB-style tactics at the start of Stalin’s reign. I kept thinking if they had had pot –who cares? It is already legal in many places and these idiots are acting like they’re looking for loose nukes or something. The fact that the harassment had to do with someone mistaking okra leaves makes me dream of the contented buzz of some woodchippers.

    1. Oh, please. It’s unjustified, and I have to wonder if the instigator has something against Arlington, because she apparantly wants to cost the taxpayers several hundred thousand dollars. But nobody died. Nobody has been vanished. Nobody’s been hooked up to a crank generator.

      Let’s save the Stalin comparisons for raids where the State Goons kill or maim somebody. Plenty of those to go around.

      1. Oh, Jesus Christ, this had nothing to do with pot – it’s called ‘asset forfeiture’. If robbing people in the name of protecting the children from the devil weed isn’t Stalinesque, it’ll do ’til the real Stalin gets here. “Stalinesque” doesn’t refer to goons killing people, it refers to following orders of a brutal authoritarian lest Bad Things happen to you – and the Bad Things that happen are never going to be because you failed to Obey!, they’re going to happen because you are an Enemy Of The People or a Danger To The Republic or a Threat To Our Way Of Life or a Climate Denier or some such nonsense and the accused are always afforded due process after being punished according to the completely Constitutional legal procedure that allows for punishment first, trial after. (Hint: Stalin is coming back as a woman this time – an evil bitch harpy with cankles like there’s no tomorrow. Keep an eye out for anybody fitting that description.)

      2. That would be a good way to get a nice payday courtesy of the local county/municipality. Find some overzealous and stupid narcotics cops, feed them some bullshit information, then arrange for them to raid a place like this that just HAS to have pot. Then turn around and sue their ass on civil rights grounds and any other misconduct during the failed raid. The only negative is that the cops don’t have to pay the settlement personally.

        That would be the cherry on top of the shit sundae they would be forced to eat.

        1. A good lawyer could figure out a way to sue them personally. Cops protection from lawsuit has constraints; they can be sued if the officer intentionally, recklessly or neglectfully violated a law. You just have to find a law that the cop violated (and what cop hasn’t violated a law somewhere?) and use that as your excuse for going after him.

          Or her, if you’re a hippie.

    2. Hmm…some people use “buzz” in the context of using marijuana. J’Accuse!

    3. It’s legal in North Korea. What is the “free world’s” problem?

  8. It is pretty amazing that they didn’t find any weed. I mean if you went through twenty random peoples’ stuff, on average at least a couple would have some.

    Whew, at least they found those hackberry bushes. I don’t know what they are but they sound really bad!

    1. Ah, hackberry bushes are truly dangerous! Consumption of even a few of the berries makes one fly into an uncontrollable rage and hack people up with any nearby bladed weapon. The character of Jason Voorhees was no doubt based on a true story of a hackberry addict.

      Eaten in large quantities, hackberry bushes are even worse. The user gains super strength, near invulnerability, the ability to fly, and an uncontrollable desire to wear tights and a cape.

      We must eradicate all hackberry cultivation! Do it for the children!!

      /drug warrior derp

      1. What the hell are ‘hackberries’?

    2. With the cops bumbling around trying to justify a warrant anyone with some brains probably knew not to bring any to work.

    3. Hackberries are a tree very similar in appearance to elms. Good for wind breaks. Native Americans used the berries as a seasoning on meat similar to how we use black pepper. The wood is no good for lumber though cause it is very soft and rots quickly.

      1. They told you it was hackberries on that air dried meat but it was really fly poop.

    4. I have it on good authoritah! that hackberries are central to the production of bath-salts. FACT!

    5. I can’t for the life of me figure out what kind of problem the government has with hackberry bushes. They are native plants, non-invasive, and non-toxic. They are widely planted and drought resistant.

  9. How do we un entrance the prohibition industry which cost society more than $50 Billion a year and is History’s most golden cash cow. That’s a lot of high paying jobs that would vanish overnight with no replacements job other than what will come with canna prosperity. The demographics have changed and the internet has exposed the truth about cannabis prohibition. There is no where in the constitution that makes prohibition legal or is there any scientific justification for its prohibition. Maintaining prohibition is Constitutional treason

  10. The pigs frustration level at not finding anything must be off the fucking chain. I pity the motorists and dog owners in the area.

    OT: heard Chipotle is closing completely by March.

    1. Fuck I’m an idiot…got trolled hard

      1. Yep. It’s by *May*.

  11. your AFFIANT

    My *what*?

    1. Person who swears to an affidavant. NTTAWT.

      1. But what’s with teh SHOUTING?

        1. E: Tell me, do you ever stop bullying and shouting at the lower orders?

          W: NEVER! There’s only one way to win a campaign: shout, shout and shout
          again.

          E: You don’t think then that inspired leadership and tactical ability
          have anything to do with it?

          W: NO! It’s all down to shouting. WAAGGHH!

          1. Fatass Christie’s big mouth.

          2. +1. Blackadder Goes Fourth

  12. Hmmm, ocra and tomatoes.
    Sounds good for the weekend with a little chorizo.

    1. Okra? Yuck. I’d rather eat snot.

      1. Says the man who clearly doesn’t know how to cook okra.

        Dice into centimeter long pieces. Heavily batter. Deep fry in your favorite oil. No more snotty okra.

        Pan frying works too, but isn’t as tasty at the end.

        1. I’ll take your word for it.

        2. Dice into centimeter long pieces. Heavily batter. Deep fry in your favorite oil. No more snotty okra.

          Pan frying works too, but isn’t as tasty at the end.

          Alternatively, you can feed it to the pigs, and eat the pork. Much better.

          1. I like that idea much better.

        3. So you like eating batter, not okra.

        4. Dice, roll in cornmeal, pan fry in cast iron skillet.

        5. When you fry stuff it all tastes the same. That’s why restaurants fry the oldest seafood to disguise the lack of quality. People who fry everything not only don’t know how to cook, they don’t know how to eat and taste.

  13. As Colorado, Washington and several other states are finally realizing, even if they were growing marijuana, who gives a damn?

    End the war on drugs and you end much of the justification for the police state.

    1. End the war on drugs and you end much of the justification for the police state.

      Which is why those who profit from and support the police state (cops, prosecutors, judges, jailers, addiction counselors, producers of paramilitary gear, bail bondsman, etc) oppose legalization.

      1. They’re slowly shifting their justification from WoD to WoT. They’ve got themselves covered no matter what happens.

        1. *Terror* addiction counselors?

          ?Ay, caramba!

          1. While the WoT doesn’t help jailers, addiction counselors and bail bondsman, it does justify the continuation of the police state in absence of the WoD.

            1. That’s the whole point.

        2. True. Declaring war on inanimate objects and concepts is do declare war with no end.

          1. “DRUGS SURRENDER!!! WAR OVER!!!”

        3. They’re slowly shifting their justification from WoD to WoT.
          .
          Yes indeed – shifting the justification for busting druggies (at least the ones who – completely coincidentally – tend to have cash and big fat forfeitable assets just laying around) from the WoD to the WoT is exactly what they’re doing. “The drug money funds the terrorists so we gotta keep busting the druggies” is their justification – but it ain’t the reason. (And no mention of the fact that asset forfeiture is itself the perfect example of drug money funding the terrorists.)

          1. “The drug money funds attracts the terrorists…

  14. “the interior plants did appear to be consistent with marijuana plants.”

    What with having green leaves and all.

  15. Sooo.. is their gonna be A.M. links soon? There’s a lot of really interesting things happening out there

    1. What is it? What is it? What did Trump say now?

  16. That’s not a ‘ridiculous’ warrant, it’s better than many. ‘Getting a warrant’ is like getting a grand jury indictment and any prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. There’s the Toledo court clerk who isssued warrants for years with no probable cause affidavit because nobody ever told her there had to be one and she didn’t know what ‘probable cause’ meant. The judge in Tennessee who couldn’t understand why people were making a fuss over him leaving a book of blank, signed warrants with the cops whenever he went on vacation because how else were the cops going to get a warrant while he was out of town? Or the woman in (IIRC) North Carolina who had a warrant served and indictment returned despite the fact that the person named on the warrant and the indictment was not her. Warrants are a fig leaf covering up the fact that the cops do what they want. Warrants and indictments don’t serve as a check on the cops, the cops and the prosecutors and judges are all just fingers on the same fist, and the fist only has one function. The justice system isn’t meant to secure justice, it’s meant to secure convictions. Once you get your foot caught in the business end of the machine, it ain’t stopping until sausage comes out the other end.

    1. So, from what I can tell.. You are saying invest in those companies suppling fungible goods to prisons and jails?

    2. That’s why Christie is a useless, or detrimental POS. Besides, he’s a fatass.

      1. A former Nazi/persecutor ( prosecutor) could never get my vote. Christie is a (big,. fat) piece of shit. One double cheeseburger from death.

        1. Then I’d like to order TWO double cheeseburgers for him.

          That ham sandwich money was money well-spent – Cartman

          1. And an after dinner mint. Wafer thin.

  17. How often are these raids just OJT? I picture a bunch of over-trained, over-equipped, over-steroided guys sitting around the precinct with no crime wave to speak of. Finally, as they’re about to go out of their thin blue minds, the idea comes to them that they need to conduct a raid. Any raid. So they plan, they pull together flimsy evidence, and they get a warrant by a judge who happens to be the brother in law of the aunt of somebody on the swat team.

    Then, after it’s all over, they go down to bubbas and drink a few beers to celebrate, and critique the things that were done during the raid. “Haw. Ya see the face of that old granny when I pointed my weapon at her and told her to get on the ground? Haw!”

    1. “Haw. Ya see the face of that old granny when I pointed my weapon at her and told her to get on the ground? Haw!”

      The only true terrorists in this country are the police.

    2. Step one is going down to the tax assessors office and finding out what the property appraises for. These raids don’t just pay for themselves, you know.

    3. And eat a few cannabis edibles while playing darts.

    4. I took a CCW class a few weeks ago that was taught by an ATF SWAT officer. He literally told the class that no-knock raids were all judges fault, and that once they got a signed warrant for a no-knock they had to do it…

      I am not sure if he believed it but the class sure did. I looked around to a class of slowly nodding heads. We’re fucked.

    5. You are probably more right than you realize.

    6. Not enough swears:
      “Haw. Ya see the face of that old granny bitch when I pointed my weapon at her and told yelled at her to get on the fucking ground right fucking now you bitch or I’ll blow your god dammed brains all over hell! Now now now! Haw!”

      1. “while Jethro was yelling ‘ freeze! Don’t fucking move!’ She didn’t know what to do! Ha!”

  18. The fact that this couple will have to sue to get compensation tells you everything you need to know about cops. No offer to make things right, no apologies, no change in process or procedure to make sure it doesn’t happen again, nobody gets even reprimanded let alone fired or charged with criminal conduct. Of course, no reporters asking tough questions of either the police chief or the mayor/council about what they will do to ensure law enforcement stops terrorizing the citizenry.

    This is also how I know there are no good cops.

    1. Good cops wouldn’t tolerate bad cops. The fact that there are so many bad cops out there to me is proof that there are no good cops.

      1. I’m not that pessimistic. But the “brotherhood” takes priority over the law and/or justice. If twenty cops on the force are doing something wrong and you’re that good cop that wants to change things, just exactly what are you doing to do? If you get heard at all, you’ll be shunned by your gun-carrying coworkers. So you keep your head down and your mouth shut.

        1. So you keep your head down and your mouth shut.

          Or find a more honorable profession, like washing dishes.

          1. Or find a more honorable profession
            .
            The crack whore union hall is always hiring. Crack whores provide a service people willingly pay for, there’s nothing dishonorable about free trade.

        2. + 1 Serpico

        3. If acceptance by your social group and a keeping your job induce you to go along with terrible things . . . .

          You’re a bad person.

          Sorry. “All my buddies do it” and “I wanna get paid” are not acceptable reasons to look the other way when you are surrounded by rampant criminality.

  19. all cops should have to graduate law school

    1. That would require intelligence, deep thinking, and hard work. Good luck with that.

    2. Just what I want running around. Lawyers with guns on the public payroll. Great.

  20. the Arlington PD is an uber gonzo police department with a chip on it’s shoulder about being a suburban PD. this is SOP for them.

    1. The Arlington PD is writing journalism from a first person perspective without any pretense of objectivity?

      1. They are certainly masters of instilling fear and loathing…

        1. You know who else wrote a book and installed fear and loathing?

          1. Hillary? Obama? Marx? C’mon, who is it??

  21. I wonder if the country club next door had anything to do with the “anonymous tip”? I wonder if the judge who signed the warrant is a member?

    1. Interesting.

      If I was one o’ them hippies, I’d plant as much cabbage as I could along the property line with the country club, and just let it rot in the field.

      On account of rotting cabbage smells like a dead badger’s ass.

  22. There was an article in H&R several years ago about a stunt a lawyer pulled against a Texas police department. He rented a house, installed some surveillance cameras, a grow light that helped a small plant (not marijuana) grow. The rest of the house was empty.

    The police eventually raided the place and the raid was caught on camera. The search warrant was based on an “anonymous tip”.

    My Google-Fu is weak. I couldn’t find anything about the resolution of this case. Does this ring about bell with anyone? I always wondered what happened.

  23. They should be thankful that the crazy bastards on the SWAT team didn’t shoot someone.

    1. …didn’t shoot someone everyone.

  24. Map of Botched Paramilitary Police Raids – Cato Institute
    http://www.cato.org ? raidmap
    Mobile-friendly – An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper …

  25. Well if they were Hippies,,,, seems they deserved to be harassed… HA! Sounds like lazy police work and a grudge to me…

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  27. The Arlington Police…making the world safe from hippies growing vegetables!

  28. The drug war is bullshit, I talk about it all the time on “Local Liberty”

    youtube.com/channel/UCLLLH8xnQfzVBAkTjPAPDCQ

  29. While it’s no basis for a warrant or a raid, “Uber Dank High Vibe” sure as hell knowingly riffs off of marijuana culture slang.

    He was absolutely right about what “uber dank” means.

    Not a case of a clueless cop thinking something was Street Slang when it wasn’t; it totally is, just being used for non-drug purposes.

    1. So they actually had probable cause for gunning everyone down where they stood?

  30. Note that this is the Texas ruled by Rick Perry’s prohibitionist partisans. A prior Texas Governor, Bill Clements agreed with GHW Bush that hemp is a dangerous addictive narcotic, and Texas law metes out prison terms for possession of marijuana roots, seeds and stems. Still… just a few years ago the ATF would’ve swarmed in and murdered everyone down to the women and babies.

    1. Show us where the mean ole Republican touched you, Hank.
      Tell us again, what did Ann Richards do to deescalate the WODs? How many Texas prisoners serving time for non-violent drug crimes did she pardon?

    2. I see no reason to believe the Rangers, the Highway Patrol, or any other state-level LEOs were involved in this.

      Arlington is right in the middle of the DFW metroplex. Its pretty Repub, but semi-competitive.

  31. Wow! Unless I missed it, all these comments and none with Ms Perez and woodchipper in the same sentence!

  32. Ending the drug war should be the number one issue of our time.

    It is the most vile and wicked assault against our natural right to control our own body and mind.

  33. every time i started feeling a little better about texas, i’m reminded of why that’s a mistake.

  34. They were lucky. Innocent people have been killed by the Nazis in this type of Nazi raid. And they don’t even say sorry later. This is just more evidence that the so-called war on drugs has gutted the U.S. Constitution and made a myth of the concept of inalienable rights.

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