“This is not what justice in the United States is supposed to be.” – Addie Harte
The Hartes were raided at gunpoint at 7:30 in the morning. This normal, law-abiding family got the fully-armed SWAT treatment at the hands of Johnson County deputies. If the father and husband, Bob Harte, hadn’t managed to shake off sleep to answer the door in time, they would have battered it down.
According to KSHB in Kansas City,
The deputies pushed Bob to the floor of the entry way of his home and stood over him with rifles screaming, “Where are the children in the home?” Bob told them they were in their rooms and the deputies ran to find them.
The commotion woke his wife Addie Harte who came downstairs to find out what was going on.
“We just kept saying ‘You’re in the wrong house!’ said Addie.
Deputies searched the sofa and then allowed the family of four to sit on it, in front of their picture window, as armed deputies searched the home. For two hours, the family sat on that sofa, afraid and puzzled as to why deputies were in their home.
“On television, they always come to the door and say ‘we have a search warrant’ and hold it up. Here it is. Let us in. We were told in Kansas, they don’t have to give you the search warrant until they leave,” Bob Harte said.
The Hartes kept asking deputies why they were in their home but deputies would only say that they were looking for “narcotics.”
I don’t subscribe to the idea that marijuana is harmless, but since that is what they were looking for, I can’t help but notice that they gave a false answer. Marijuana is not a narcotic. These hardy drug warriors need to learn some botany.
But they didn’t find any marijuana either.
Why did they raid the home? The Hartes weren’t allowed to know. In Kansas, the reasons for a search warrant are an official state secret. A recent bill that would have changed that situation was pretty much neutralized two days ago, despite the Hartes testimony.
The Hartes spent $25,000 hiring an attorney to fight to get access to the records. It took a year, but the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office eventually released the records. The Hartes were surprised by what they read.
How many people are able to afford that kind of money to take the police to court to discover the basis of a warrant? I think we can infer that the Kansas so-called “law enforcement” officers are usually quite safe from ever being second-guessed.
In this case, the warrant was “based” on a trip to a hydroponics garden for a science project and tea leaves in the trash misidentified as marijuana-related.
Though field tests are known to be unreliable, reports obtained from the Johnson County crime lab indicate the deputies did not send any of the samples to the crime lab for confirmation. The records also note that deputies did not intend to, but changed their minds when the Hartes started questioning why deputies raided their home.
When the crime lab processed the evidence, their tests came back negative for marijuana. The results came back in May of 2012. The Johnson County Sheriff’s office had that information months before the Hartes were able to get the records that the material was not marijuana.
The embarrassing misstep for deputies would have remained hidden if the Hartes had not had the means to spend money to gain access to the records.
We live in a police state. It may be skilled at convincing us that we are free, and thus gain more compliance from us.
But the truth is undeniable.