City of Arlington SWAT Raid on Peaceful Organic Farmers is a Big Budget Bust

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The Garden of Eden is a conscious community located on a 3.5 acre space in Kennedale, Texas (DFW metroplex). They are dedicated to living sustainably by raising fresh food, utilizing earthen materials for building projects, and facilitating inspired events that bring out humans highest potential.



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.

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At around seven thirty last Friday morning, 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 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 vehicular equipment that was 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 the gunpoint of 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 police enforced 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.




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.




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.”



Source: The Garden of Eden


60 Comments on City of Arlington SWAT Raid on Peaceful Organic Farmers is a Big Budget Bust

  1. Using lies, deciet and force to suppress the people~
    You are exactly right and they have been doing this a long time. Getting very good at it*
    Yet when we awaken to our power as we ARE the power we will be unstoppable~*~

  2. Awesome to see how many here are sharing~.
    This is one simple and yet powerful way we can support the truth*.
    We are all the problem unless we are the solution. Yet we ARE the power, it is ALL up to us. Only we can enforce our rights. Public SERVANTS are here to do our bidding and there is LAW to prove it.
    Most all Americans know very little about the law especially when it comes to enforcing it in court. Knowing about jurisdiction, the different between lawful and legal, statues, codes and the constitution etc. They have made it complicated on purpose to confuse the people. It has taken generations to brainwash and suppress the people~.
    Once upon a time this WAS the land of the free and people from all over the world wanted to be here, we were prospering, we were Kings and Queens of our own domain and we had a free market society. Our economy was booming. Now we are the most indebted country in the history of the world and have the most laws of any country in the world.
    This is very complex but it is also simple~.
    We are the problem and we are the solution~*~.
    We can all do our part at least by sharing info like this but even ore so in how we ACTUALLY live.
    EVERY time we use currency at a store we feed the system, every time we pay tax we feed the system, every time we eat food not locally grown by aquaculture practices we feed the system, every time we operate a vehicle we feed the system. Pretty much EVERYTHING the conman man/woman does FEEDS the system.
    There ARE solutions. The Garden of Eden is one example of this. It needs not be the ONE and ONLY example but those there do not work jobs, they do not buy at stores, they eat and harvest sustainable high vibe foods from a thriving Eco system, they use well water, they don't use the sewers, they don't pay taxes they LIVE FREE!
    This is WHY the government tried to destroy them because they share how EASY and available this actually is for ANYONE who actually cares.
    Its all up to you~*~.

  3. Roxanne Ponfil

    They don't need any plants replaced by those who wronged them; that would be dangerous, GMO seeds etc.. They need financial compensation to buy their own products that they know will be safe and not tampered.

  4. Tempie Markham

    The President is not a socialist. And before putting this incident at his doorstep look where it occurred. Texas. And I'll stop there, because that says it all.

  5. Carol Eshelbrenner Mooney

    I think they have the right to see all documentation on how the city came up with such crap. They have to have something in order to show the judge for him to sign it. I think the City and officials should be investigated, something isn't right on how this came about.

  6. Jim Mandenberg

    Roxanne Ponfil – sounds like a lot of intentional emotional and other duress also. The group's best route is to find a very greedy law firm and bankrupt the county. Perhaps the residents won't like that and vote to replace local law enforcement.

  7. Jim Mandenberg best answer yet, sue the shit out of them. then just return the money to the taxpayers by offering free food to all people living in the county, except the police of course. And while doing that, explain that you would very much like to see the county get rid of all the police and sheriffs. change things locally 1st.

  8. Diane Crossfield

    Jim, you're right. The ONLY thing that talks anymore is $$$. Call in the ACLU. But it might happen faster with Jim's suggestion; find a greedy lawyer and go for it.

  9. This is just conditioning, see how far they can go before people start pushing back, then they go just a little farther the next and the next and the next…. we are chattel… no longer free…

  10. Christine Chaplik

    The police, and anyone else involved in this, should be given community service to build a sustainable site for members of the community to receive education and free food, as needed. The site should be maintained by the police, and other government agencies ongoing. This way, the police get educated in why this is important, and not illegal, and develop a pride in what they are growing and how it is helping the people. Once something is learned, it can't be unlearned. They can do so much good in the community they have to understand they are just being used as pawns by people who will kick them to the curb for any reason and are trying to steal their pensions. I understand they have a job to do, but on some level they must see what they are doing is just plain wrong and immoral.

  11. Matthew Harbour

    Mike Sandlin and the good half say nothing about the bad half, so to me that makes them part of the bad half

  12. It's easy to raid a farm with a bunch of peaceful, unarmed people. Our police and military are such cowards. They would not last a minute against an armed, organized revolt. Why have we not revolted yet? Are we too lazy? Too stupid? Waiting for it to get even worse? For many people it can not get any worse. For those who don't notice yet, it will catch up with them eventually with one run in with a dirty cop.

  13. Carl Ervin

    OK, I would like to know where the actual community is at…it states that it is in the City of Kennedale but Arlington PD pulled the raid….that is more than just a little odd to me…I used to work for the Kennedale PD and we always took care of our own issues there…we did not allow other agencies to just come in and run a raid without our knowledge…Sounds more like some retaliation by the City of Arlington over the disputed ordinance violations, but again if they are in the City of Kennedale proper, Arlington has no jurisdiction on any ordinance violations…that would be up to Kennedale…

  14. Yes, the legal system, as created by lawyers, is designed to benefit themselves; job security. The District of Columbia has a ratio of something like 1 lawyer to every 2 residents. Far too many lobbyists and powerful DC players are attorneys who want to legislate the very air we breathe if they can get away with it. Nestle wants to own our water & Monsanto our food and the bought-&-paid for government is allowing them to when it's supposed to represent the will of the people NOT corporations. We pay taxes on every $ we earn or barter(!), we pay taxes again when we spend what's left of that dollar. Although we own our land, we still have to pay taxes on it, so it's really hard to survive not making at least some money, thereby feeding the system. Most people do not see the reality, as long as they can keep eating their McDonalds and watering their lawns & washing their cars they think all is well in their world. They're just not living in the same reality as some of us.

  15. Definately facism right now… Obama is not socialist but he surroounds himself with socialist and communist alike.. If you think this was just done at the state level you're an idiot… This has fed written all over it. John you're low life scum calling her a bigot for disagreeing with your holy lord president obama. Jack ass!

  16. Sandy Southern

    I wonder if the police ever asked for a tour of the facility. I bet they would have gladly complied showing the property vs being raided.

  17. Deborah,

    I agree with you that this kind of thing is happening more and more. Local police are becoming more and more militarized and are being given huge amounts of money by the federal government for this kind of sophisticated equipment. Who are they planning to use it on?

    Yes the government is doing this. But let's step back and be careful with our terminology. The corporations run the government not the other way around. Government could be good but not now.

    What we have now is the government the corporations want, not the government we want. The corrupt and greedy corporations are the ones giving the orders, the ones that resent the fact that people at Garden of Eden are not behaving like obedient consumers and making money for them as docile little wage drones running up their credit card bills like they are supposed to.

    Our government is not a democracy now because it doesn't respond to the people. The corporate-run government we have now is functioning as a corporate enforcer. But let's be clear. Democracy is possible. Good government is possible. We just have to decide we want it. At that moment we will have it and the kleptocracy that seems so all-powerful will crumble like dust, and we will wonder why it took so long. People like the Garden of Eden are showing us in their small way what kind of world we could have.

    Michael

  18. Kim Case Patterson

    I know! You'd think that more people would ask politely, but instead we see this aggressive and frightening show of force that is totally unnecessary and just so appalling. Why are police using violent force for nonviolent crimes. No, not even crimes, suspicion of crime. The war on drugs can't come to an end soon enough.

  19. The only way to get a message through the thick skulls in law enforcement and government bureaucracies is to hit them where it really hurts: The Wallet. Big lawsuits are unfortunately the only way to reign-in the actions of police departments gone rogue.

    The costs ultimately get passed on to the taxpayers, who in turn get good and pissed at their local elected leaders for making them (the taxpayers) foot the bill for allowing the police to behave this way.

    Elected leaders will then put the squeeze on the police to shape up, or they get replaced by people who will. Some brass and officers get fired, the department gets its wings clipped and a change in policing policies goes into effect.

    When you think about the problem logically, you really only have two courses of action:

    1 – Revolution.
    2 – Big expensive lawsuits. Hit them in the pocketbook for BIG money.

    Option 2 is the only peaceful course of action that will yield any kind of result.

  20. Melissa Reshel-Gallegos

    I hope the neighbors rally around them and support this little farm. There is power in numers!

  21. Leo Anderson

    pigs in this country of control. they do whatever they want to whoevr they want and usually get away with it. pigs in dallas conducted illegal search on stemmons freeway (video shows pig forcefully sodomizing women looking for drugs) grand jury no billed them and they're back on job doing what they do best

  22. This kind of thing is happening more and more. Local police are becoming more and more militarized and are being given huge amounts of money by the federal government for this kind of sophisticated equipment. Who are they planning to use it on?

    But let's step back and be careful with our terminology when analyzing these kinds of actions. Let's be clear. The corporations run the government not the other way around. Government could be good but not now.

    What we have now is the government the corporations want, not the government we want. The corrupt and greedy corporations are the ones giving the orders, the ones that resent the fact that people at Garden of Eden are not behaving like obedient consumers and making money for them as docile little wage drones running up their credit card bills like they are supposed to.

    Our government is not a democracy now because it responds to corporations not people. The corporate-run government we have now is functioning as a corporate enforcer. But Democracy IS possible. Good government is possible. We just have to decide we want it. At that moment we will have it and the kleptocracy that seems so all-powerful will crumble like dust, and we will wonder why it took so long. People like the Garden of Eden are showing us in their small way what kind of world we could have.

  23. Ray Goldberg

    Sorry but this is simply typical American gung ho tactics for no other reason than…….what? You are guilty before being proven innocent in this system.

  24. Dan Tintori

    If I wasted tens of thousands of dollars at my job, I would be fired. I doubt highly anybody will lose their job over this. What a tragedy!

  25. Christy French

    John Kinslow We can't take back the white house. The ENTIRE system is rigged. We live in a bad ponzi scheme where we are the bottom feeders. It's not "Obama", or "Bush", or "Clinton" etc., it's a global elite as Ian staples just said. You can't vote them "out", we have a two party rule that is false, the Left/Right paradigm is false….. We might as well be watching a pro wrestling match where it's all staged, the moves are pre-planned and they all go out to dinner after the show.

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