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LEAWOOD, KS –  Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies stormed into the home of Adlynn and Robert Harte searching for marijuana on April 20th 2012, but all they found were some innocent tomato plants. The couple believes they were illegally targeted after purchasing indoor hydroponic systems to raise vegetables. They’re now considering making this lawsuit into a federal civil rights case.

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Sheriff’s Deputies issued a sweep of their home after acquiring a search warrant due to the purchase of equipment that allows gardeners to grow plants indoors. The lawsuit reads, “With little or no other evidence of any illegal activity, law enforcement officers make the assumption that shoppers at the store are potential marijuana growers, even though the stores are most commonly frequented by backyard gardeners who grow organically or start seedlings indoors.”

The owner of the store stated that he was unhappy that his customers were being watched, “Why should they be?” asked Bennie Palmentere. “This isn’t a communist country.”

Robert had purchased the hydroponics as part of a project with his son. During the sweep, officers reportedly told the Hartes that they had been under surveillance for months. The couple claimed they “know of no basis for conducting such surveillance, nor do they believe such surveillance would have produced any facts supporting the issuance of a search warrant.” The couple claims that the police accused their son of using marijuana during the raid.

The lawsuit notes that the couple were former CIA agents who had to pass rigorous background checks in order to qualify for employment in Washington D.C.

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Austin Petersen

Austin Petersen is the founder of The Libertarian Republic, as well as the CEO of Stonegait LLC. Formerly an Associate Producer for Judge Andrew Napolitano's show "Freedom Watch", on the Fox Business Network. Austin was referred to by the Judge as "The right side of my brain". He built Judge Napolitano's social networks with over 700,000 fans and millions of clicks a month. Austin graduated from Missouri State University. He has written and produced award winning plays and videos, and previously worked for the Libertarian National Committee and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.

  • Garett Anderson

    The police need to pay when they fuck up liike this, AND IT NEEDS TO HURT THEM OR THEY WILL KEEP DOING IT!


    Good!!! Jobs should be lost over this, and, the judge who issued the warrant should have his law license revoked. Stand up to the Gestapo-like tactics of this “judicial system” of the US

  • Garett Anderson

    When cops screw up like this they need to pay, and it needs to hurt them on a personal level or they will just keep doing it.

  • Chris

    People ask me “What civil liberties have you really lost? “Everything is fine” Sure it is, until you are the guy who has his Fourth Amendment rights trampled by over stepping cops and judges. I feel like the African American community is… shaking their heads at whites and saying guess what people? this has been happening to us for years, did you really think that it would stop there, did you really think it would only be black folk who had to deal with this erosion of the Constitution?

    • rygg

      That’s the danger of complacency. It’s easier and easier every year for them to have a reason on the books to cart a person away. People’s attitude of “nothing to hide so nothing to fear” is infuriating as a result. Ideally, if a person doesn’t value their rights or their privacy, it wouldn’t hurt another person. The government makes sure that is not the case.

    • James Pflager

      why would you bring race into it? are you really so dumb that youd publicly state that white people have never had these problems that blacks face until now? did you know white people were slaves once in history too? in a country founded by white people that provides rights and freedoms to all is it really smart to trample the white mans rights just so other people can feel more powerful in the name of equality (but its really fake equallity?? or were you just too ignorant to the truth and all youve seen are the divide-and-conquer tactics used against on TV showing blacks as the ONLY ones getting their rights trampled…

      in legal court, white males age 18-25 have the least amount of legal representation, you can ask any attorney this is fact. that group is just as much a minority as any other group you could possibly mention, except there are now laws lifting mainstream minorities to rights levels above that of a white male, (overcompensation due to played out/hand picked racism propaganda making white people seem more racist. when in reality i know 80%+ of white people really dont give a fk and dont often say/do anything even close to racist meanwhile other races have no problem hurling racial slurs, talkin shit about white people, justify evil commited agaisnt white people as “payback” for something they have no right to payback. etc. with no formal research done or education they just hear the propaganda and go with it like straight up goon/thug morons)

      id say that the concept of your post works better in this context: white people are the ones shaking their heads now because everyone else fought for equality for minorities and didnt give 2 shits about white males and now the government owns most of the land and raw assets, has all the power, successfully labeled white people are the most racially targetted group in america, (but most of the hatred from whites that people see are the hand picked KKK joke-news-reports so most people still think ALL white people are in some conspiracy with the KKK.. fkin stupid asses.) and all we have are uneducated people from all racial makeups fighting against each other while a super group of ELITE white people literally destroy the world. and now the theme of the future is fuck the white man even though no CEO has EVER kicked us down SHIT, the cops dont ever let me go for tickets, they still send me to jail when i break the law and i dont cry about racism.

      on a closing note, you minorities that bash white people and think all white people hate you.. stfu, if we ALL hated you, you would be dead by now or gone. the white people in the WORLD GOVERNING BODY/ HEAD CEOS of international corporations are the ones you should be combating.. but instead minorities are so racist they want their race to do the best because all theyve ever heard is the scientifically mastered propaganda that MAKES them feel a certain way through imagery. racism on blogs i feel is about 99% of the time discussed in a way that the superpowers of the world want it to be discussed. people lacking education talking about it so casually like its their favorite rappers that they heard on the radio or something. turning it into a joke!

      its literally white people in the government/international CEO + the non-white “minorities” + women now, versus the hardworking minority of white male. with this in mind, YOU GUYS GET BRAINWASHED BY YOUR ENEMIES, THE CEO WHITE MAN, AND GO GET THOSE HARD WORKING WHITE PEOPLE THAT USUALLY STAND UP FOR EVERYONES RIGHTS!!!.. THAT’LL TEACH THOSE UBER POWERFUL RICH ONES THAT FUCK YOU OVER, WONT IT!! –> id say white males are some of the least racist most hated people on earth.

      • Chris

        This quote from you says it all. “stfu, if we ALL hated you, you would be dead by now or gone.”
        I don’t even know how to respond to such nonsense. Nor what I can say to such an obvious statement of where you stand in equal right or simply decency towards fellow man.
        Please point out where I said I though all whites are raciest, please point out where I blamed whites for anything. I don’t hate whites but you certainly seem to believe that we minorities should simply be grateful for our existence. You tell me what I should think about that.
        My point is that inner cities have been under the thumb of the police for decades. Abuses have been rampant regarding the Constitution and abuse of civil liberties. But most people don’t care as long as the hood stays in the hood. My point was those abuses of civil liberties that have been allowed to continue were bound to spread out to the white folk also, and sadly they are.
        I would like to see police reigned in and the Constitution upheld for all people. But you only want to attack me as others here have here because why? I point out a truth? Is it white guilt or the peoples inner evil simply coming out?

  • I had my dog shot in a raid on my home, under very similar circumstances. I was awarded $250,000 from the City of Detroit.

  • Inconsistencies

    Haha! The pea-brain police sure screwed up this time. Former CIA!! Love it!