What kind of country produces men that would pull guns on children over a retail license?

December 7, 2008

What kind of country produces men that would pull guns on children over a retail license?

SWAT Team conducts food raid in rural Ohio

On Monday, December 1, a SWAT team with semi-automatic rifles entered the private home of the Stowers family in LaGrange, Ohio, herded the family onto the couches in the living room, and kept guns trained on parents, children, infants and toddlers, from approximately 11 AM to 8 PM. The team was aggressive and belligerent. The children were quite traumatized. At some point, the “bad cop” SWAT team was relieved by another team, a “good cop” team that tried to befriend the family. The Stowers family has run a very large, well-known food cooperative called Manna Storehouse on the western side of the greater Cleveland area for many years. [Update]

There were agents from the Department of Agriculture present, one of them identified as Bill Lesho. The search warrant is reportedly suspicious-looking. Agents began rifling through all of the family’s possessions, a task that lasted hours and resulted in a complete upheaval of every private area in the home. Many items were taken that were not listed on the search warrant. The family was not permitted a phone call, and they were not told what crime they were being charged with. They were not read their rights. Over ten thousand dollars worth of food was taken, including the family’s personal stock of food for the coming year. All of their computers, and all of their cell phones were taken, as well as phone and contact records. The food cooperative was virtually shut down. There was no rational explanation, nor justification, for this extreme violation of Constitutional rights.

Presumably Manna Storehouse might eventually be charged with running a retail establishment without a license. Why then the Gestapo-type interrogation for a 3rd degree misdemeanor charge? This incident has raised the ominous specter of a restrictive new era in State regulation and enforcement over the nation’s private food supply…
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2 Responses to “What kind of country produces men that would pull guns on children over a retail license?”

  1. Bummer Says:

    On Monday, December 1, a SWAT team with semi-automatic rifles entered the private home of the Stowers family in LaGrange, Ohio, herded the family onto the couches in the living room, and kept guns trained on parents, children, infants and toddlers, from approximately 11 AM to 8 PM.

    YOU SIR, ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM jezekiah
    How is this a valid report? Much of the information you post on your site is very sharp and contains assumptions that support your views. Nicely done.

  2. Augie Says:

    The latest summary and stories on this Raid are posted at The Journal of Whole Food and Nutrition at http://wholefoodusa.wordpress.com/category/family-farm-enforcement-report/

    Also, there is a story on the woman who was jailed this month for selling raw cheese and goats milk at a farmers market in California.


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