As wise observers pointed out post-9/11, if you give every local police force military toys, some proportion — the least suitable — will find the use of their new toys irresistable. Here’s Mr. Charles P. Pierce, on the worst HOA-enabling Small Gubmint supremacists ever:
… Speaking of the harmless behavior of a small group of people different from ourselves, let’s move a few degrees south to Texas, where the essential logic of the “war” on drugs itself played out as The Powell Doctrine of massive force was employed against… okra.
They came here under the guise that we were doing a drug trafficking, marijuana-growing operation,” said owner Shellie Smith. “They destroyed everything.” An Arlington police investigator laid out her marijuana suspicions and probable cause in a search warrant It was signed by a judge on August 1. The SWAT Team then went to the property on Mansfield Cardinal Road one day later to execute the warrant around 7:30 a.m. They found nothing….
According to inventory documents, some of the items seized included compost, wooden pallets, and furniture. Smith said code officials took away their food, and everything they need for a sustainable lifestyle….
“There were 15 to 20 blackberry bushes. There were sunflowers for our bees and gifting. Lots of okra, and we had a sweet potato patch that they whacked down with a Weed-Eater,” Smith said. “The weeds that we used to shade our crops are also gone.” City of Arlington spokeswoman Sana Syed said the Garden of Eden has been cited for numerous violations since 2011, and that the owner refused to make changes. “The purpose was to improve the quality of life, to resolve life safety issues within neighborhoods and to hold the property owner responsible for creating blight conditions on their property,” Syed said in a written statement.
Wait. What’s this about safety regulations? I thought it was to see if there was a “drug trafficking, marijuana-growing operation” going on there. That’s what the warrant said. You’d almost think that the “war” of drugs was just a front for busybodies. Letting a SWAT team enforce violations of a city’s zoning and health regulations is not something I would expect from a small-government state like Texas. I look forward to the first traffic stop that occasions the arrival of a Huey gunship…