Field of Science

Arlington Texas doesn't like organic gardening or gardeners

The Garden of Eden organic gardeners were getting grief from the city of Arlington TX.  They were cited for "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, now you can certainly understand Arlington's urgency in correcting this problem. So now you can understand why the police carried out a raid with a SWAT team complete with drones and aircraft circling the area.   The police seized "17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants ... native grasses and sunflowers."  Eventually they produced a search warrant that claimed they were seeking cannabis plants and the resulting harvest for distribution.  This makes perfect sense because organic gardeners are all hippies and that means "drugs".  Of course they had no evidence to back up their warrant and found nothing going to pot other than maybe the house siding.  Several things are clear here.  SWAT cops don't know crap about plant identification, so they are the real dope in this story.  Smoke that okra boys, or better yet the tomatillo leaves.  TPP looked for a link to  the 24 8x10 glossy photos  with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each explaining what it was about.  Ultimately, only a single arrest was made based on unrelated outstanding traffic violations.  During the 10 hour raid the residents were handcuffed because they were dangerous criminals and all.  Did they take away their shoe laces so they couldn't hang themselves?  Looks like Arlington TX knows how to violate peoples' rights, or they really really don't like organic gardens and gardeners. 




Anonymous said...

Nice "Alice's Restaurant" quote.
There's way too much androgen in the atmosphere when we have SWAT teams busting organic gardeners.

The Phytophactor said...

Without question this was another case of blind justice! Who asked for the warrant bereft of any evidence? What judge signed the warrant without seeing any cause? Is Arlington west of the Pecos?