SWAT Raid on Organic Farm



GUEST: Radley Balko, Senior Writer and award-winning investigative reporter for the Huffington Post, where he covers civil liberties and the criminal justice system. His most recent book is Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces. Follow him on Twitter.


TOPIC:  “A small organic farm in Arlington, Texas was the target of a massive police action last week that included aerial surveillance, a SWAT raid and a 10-hour search.” The end result? No drugs. No violence. A bunch of confiscated blackberry bushes and okra plants. And one man was arrested for outstanding traffic violations. Witnesses say the real purpose was regulatory enforcement: seems some neighbors complained that their grass was too high. Radley Balko shares the details of the shocking story and puts it into context of the heavy handed use of local law enforcement that is sweeping the nation.


ORIGINAL BROADCAST DATE: Wednesday, August 21, 2013.