Guns Drawn, Police Raided ... a Raw Food Grocery

Guns drawn, four police officers raided a building in Venice, California. A terrorist cell take-down? Closing in on an evildoer? Closing down a dangerous criminal enterprise?

Well, let's just say they're protecting the public from the dangers of ... raw food:

With no warning one weekday morning, investigators entered an organic grocery with a search warrant and ordered the hemp-clad workers to put down their buckets of mashed coconut cream and to step away from the nuts.

Then, guns drawn, four officers fanned out across Rawesome Foods in Venice. Skirting past the arugula and peering under crates of zucchini, they found the raid's target inside a walk-in refrigerator: unmarked jugs of raw milk.

"I still can't believe they took our yogurt," said Rawesome volunteer Sea J. Jones, a few days after the raid. "There's a medical marijuana shop a couple miles away, and they're raiding us because we're selling raw dairy products?"


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When the health inspectors get threatened with guns for enforcing valid laws, the police get sent in. After that happens a few times, guess what: the police get sent in right away.

Just because all you have is a hammer doesn't mean that none of your problems are, in fact, nails.
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I can't believe that in any other country armed police would be used to enforce this law. In the free world a couple of local government health and safety inpectors would have called armed with nothing more than a clipboard.

If you need a definition of the term "police state" look no further than a country that uses armed police to enforce food retail statutes.
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I was thinking of Peacemakers myself. Good catch Goober.

As for the guns, anytime the police "sweep" a structure, they *should* have their guns drawn. It is safer for them and for us.
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