Saturday, December 06, 2008

War on Drugs turns to War on Veggies

SWAT Team Like Raid by Ohio authorities on a farm house in LaGange

Ohio authorities stormed a farm house in LaGange Monday, December 1, to execute a search warrant, holding the Jacqueline and John Stowers and their son and young grandchildren at gunpoint for nine hours. During the raid the Ohio Department of Agriculture and police confiscated over ten thousand dollars worth of food, computers and cell phones. The Stowers’ crime? They run a private, members-only food co-op.

While state authorities were looking for evidence of illegal activities, the family was not informed what crime they were suspected of, they were not read their rights or allowed to make a phone call. The children, some as young as toddlers, were traumatized by armed officers interrogating the adults with guns drawn.

The Morning Journal, a newspaper serving northern Ohio, reported that the Stowers were believed to be operating without a license. However, the Stowers claim that the food co-op they run does not engage in any activities that would require state licensing.

Friends of the Stowers openly question why such aggressive tactics were necessary to investigate a licensing complaint.

This is what we get when we let ourselves get complacent about military-style tactics against civilians because hey, it's keeping drugs off the streets!

Which is more of a danger to the public? A bunch of stoners, or stormtroopers terrorizing toddlers over tomatoes?


WKen said...

The police seized computer, cell phones, but not rifles? Shotguns? Sub-machine guns?

Then what the heck was the SWAT team there for? Seems like an Ag Dept. inspector with a badge would have been enough to get the job done (whatever that job was) and no one needed to point guns at kids.

Christina Dunigan said...