[permaculture] Food co-op hit by SWAT raid fights back
Lawrence F. London, Jr.
lflj at intrex.net
Thu Dec 25 23:04:55 EST 2008
Food co-op hit by SWAT raid fights back
'Government basically engaged in intimidation'
Posted: December 24, 2008
8:21 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh
© 2008 WorldNetDaily
Jacqueline and John Stowers
A LaGrange, Ohio, family whose food co-op connecting local consumers
with local farmers was raided by sheriff's deputies is fighting back
with the help of two organizations aimed at protecting the basic rights
"We hope that the Lorrain County Court of Common Pleas recognizes that
government is overreaching in this case and is basically engaged in
intimidation tactics to frighten people into believing that they cannot
provide food for themselves," said Pete Kennedy, a spokesman for the
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.
The organization, which is intended to protect and defend the rights of
farmers and consumers to have direct commerce, has announced it is
working with the Center for Constitutional Law at the Buckeye
Institute, which has filed a court complaint alleging authorities "made
a haphazard unannounced entry into the property with guns drawn, as
other officers surrounded the property, with guns drawn," then
"confiscated the family's personal food supply, personal computers, and
personal cell phones."
The complaint names the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Lorain
County General Health District and the state's attorney general. A
spokeswoman at the Department of Agriculture said its officers were at
the scene in an advisory role. A spokeswoman at the county health
agency refused to comment except to explain it was a "licensing" issue
regarding the family's Manna Storehouse.
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