Cops Suspected Narcotics Activity at Food Not Bombs House, Didn't Find Any

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Last Saturday around 10 p.m., young activists, Buddhists, and fire-spinners gathered to talk and sing in the backyard of a house in Fort Lauderdale that rents for $650 a month, is missing a few windows, and is a sore subject for Fort Lauderdale law enforcement.

The event was an all-afternoon benefit party for the SWAMP Collective, which houses the handful of young activists who run the Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs program, sharing vegan and vegetarian food with homeless and nonhomeless alike.

The city has been trying to control public food distribution, with Mayor Jack Seiler and a task force searching for a spot to corral food sharing, out of the sight of influential business owners and vocal residents. But at home, the activists have been facing a different kind of skirmish with the law, ever since the day in February when they say police entered the house and frisked its inhabitants.

Those people were mostly travelers -- the people on the lease weren't home, they say -- and have since disbanded to other parts of the country. When police arrived, they were sitting on the house's roof. One or more officers entered the house, loudly identifying themselves as police.

A few hours earlier, the power had been shut off by an FPL inspector who removed a haphazard quick-fix wire in the electric box that had been installed by the landlord, according to a current resident. Then the FPL inspector drove away, not stopping at any other houses on the street. Later, the cops came.

A police report from that day doesn't give any indication of the six to eight cop cars that the travelers say they encountered in the front lawn. But it does say that police were making multiple attempts to buy narcotics in the weeks leading up to the "raid."

The officer on the scene wrote in his report, "I had also conducted surveillance at this location in order to ascertain if there was unusual foot or vehicular traffic that would indicate possible narcotic sales. During my preliminary investigation, the above were all proved negative."

A door to a bedroom in the house still bears holes from where the residents say an officer tried to kick it in -- despite the fact that it opened outward -- and got his boot stuck. No official record of that either, as you might expect.

At the end of the report, the officer says that he "made contact with David Hitchcock who advised me he was the leaser of the home." Hitchcock, formerly homeless, is an active volunteer with Food Not Bombs. He and other current residents pooled their money to rent the house starting last October.
Swamp House Police Report

PS. Nice Comic Sans, Detective!


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John Henry
John Henry

Sounds like our wonderful PD is at it again--shaking down harmless hippies on fake drug charges hoping to get lucky on someone or something. 

Between these recent drug shake-downs and hooker stings, one might think the PD is afraid to do some REAL police work.

WiseAss
WiseAss

Well the thing is the state and the cops want everyone to think that there is a lot of crime going on out there,when in fact there isn't.Not many major crimes happen in general anymore,and when it does the cops usually catch the people involved pretty much right away.Or at least in the following few days of the crime.They want everyone to believe this so they can justify their own existance.The fact is,is that major crime (by that I mean murder,rape,violence in general)  is way down across the board,so the cops get bored and thus have to either start pulling people over and issuing speeding tickets(tant amount to factory work for a cop) or "harass hippies" and punks and basically all young people,because they're easy targets (young people are usually more ignorant to their rights & will usually submit to authority & scare easily &believe dirty cop lies&tricks,and cops know this) and are always good for,at least, a minor drug bust,in a cop's mind.Plus they get to act tough and throw their weight around.Basically all I'm saying is that ; slow days equil the harassment of citizens.Mostly young, or minority citizens.Especially both.

nanook5
nanook5

I tend to disagree merely in the respect that there are countless white collar crimes being committed every day in the global financial sector. Many extremely rich people that profit off manipulating the stock market, servicing sub-prime mortgages, and so on and so forth call South Florida home.

David Stern, foreclosure fraud kingpin, lives all of 5 miles from where this raid took place. Sworn depositions from his employees told the tale of thousands of forged documents used to foreclose on homeowners across Florida but no one in his office has ever even been indicted.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Just another example of how the police are nothing more than a brute force armament of the beneficiaries- the rich. While they are allowed the leisure of white collar crime, the common man and activists are the ones footing the bill through police harassment and extortion through judicial means and legal loopholes and injustices. The cops, the judges, the lawyers, the bail bondsmen are all in it to get a piece of their pie while the bankers, the accountants, and the corporate executives are the ones who get the majority of all that's extorted.

One drug bust for the cops to get their raise/ranks equals money in the pockets of the rest of them. Agents of a criminal enterprise they are. When all in all, it's their very own CIA and DEA agents who feed the majority of the high-risk drugs on the market to the public to begin with. And when it all boils down to it, it's the DuPont executives/crime family who are allowing the supplying of the drug cartels with the precursor chemicals to manufacture such cash crop drugs as cocaine and heroin (the narcotics the cops love  busting you with!!!).

The ironic thing is that the actual 'street' drug dealers are right next door to where the "raid" happened!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

 But in terms of liability, the activists are more of a threat than the average run of the mill shady dealer.

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