Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mother Torn from Nursing Baby After Arrest For Minor Code Violation

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is reporting a story that is quite incredible - start to finish. How far would your lawyer go to make sure your baby was fed during your arrest and raise a storm to get you out? Something we don't think about - what happens when police arrest a nursing mom with a hungry little baby? Do they let her nurse? Do they care?

Some months ago in Colorado, a very pregnant Renee Abbott received a knock on the door by a sheriff's deputy alerting her that the Abbotts' cows were loose and needed immediate rounding because they were in the municipal right of way. So she obeyed and did this by herself resulting in a fall and hospitalization. Their fence looked like it had been deliberately damaged by vandals - which is how the cows got loose. The deputy issued her a ticket for “grazing animals in the municipal right of way" even though it was an accident, not even by their doing.

Months went on, baby was fine, and Ethan and Renee were sitting down to dinner with their kids ages seven and four months on April 7 when Weld County law enforcement officers showed up and arrested Renee for - grazing animals in the municipal right of way. God forbid they accidentally eat the special municipal grass! Throw that mom in jail!

That's what they did. She was handcuffed and taken away. Ethan was told that Renee would be held without bail until she could appear before a judge in the morning. The chaos of it was enough for Ethan, but aside from that, how was their exclusively breastfed baby going to be fed that evening, night and morning? (I'm assuming this wasn't the time to suddenly switch to soy GMO chemical synthetic infant formula.)

Time was running out, but he called Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund's Hotline which connected him to Attorney Elizabeth Rich - one of the coolest attorneys around. She helps peaceful farmers that are raided, harassed, and persecuted like Vernon Hershberger.

She could tell from the crying, there was a hungry baby there and looked up a traditional formula recipe from Sally Fallon Morell's book Nourishing Traditions. It's a politically incorrect recipe book with traditional foods (think grassfed, unpasteurized dairy, nutrition dense, fermenting your own meals). How many lawyers would do that for a family?

Next, Rich called the Weld County Sheriff's office and gave the booking deputy hell! First she "made them conscious" of their shameful behavior dragging a nursing mother into the slammer over a minor code violation. The deputy did not appreciate her tone. According to FTCLDF, she asked about:
any aggravating circumstances, such as resisting arrest, threats to the officers, or disorderly conduct. There were not. [According to the "Daily Arrest Report" on the Weld County Sheriff’s website (no longer listed), Renee was being held for “failure to appear on a warrant”. When questioned by Attorney Rich, the booking deputy did not mention this charge. The “warrant” in question, however, was based upon the “grazing animals in the municipal right of way” charge.]
Finally, they agreed to release her. Ethan picked her up that night and she could feed her son.

What isn't in the report, is that the family was receiving harassment from the department; up to 30 phone calls in multiple 24-hour periods, deputies watching their farm, delaying and changing court dates when Renee would appear (so don't think they were avoiding the warrant) and more.

"They have threatened to 'Detain us for investigation of our (agricultural) activities,'" Ethan says on their Facebook page in late March. Renee and baby apparently felt compelled to leave until the intimidation simmered and when they were back she was arrested. He continues (in late March, reproduced verbatim):
We have court (trial) this next week over the 1st set of tickets for our natural agriculture program. The goverments killing of chicks and turkeys, then charging us for it. They are and have threatened wittnesses - DENIED our right to supeana (sp?) and present evidence...
On April 7th he posted:
PLEASE CALL Weld County Sherriff Dept and tell them that this kind of attacks are not ok: Call 970-356-4015 ask for the Shift Comander.
And Monday Morning Please call the Weld County Sherriff at 970-356-4015 And tell them to stop Violating the rights of Natural Family Farmers.
A call to the Weld County Commissioners 970-336-7204 or email them A call to our fine state goverment or anyone else that might be interested would be nice to...
This attack has got to STOP! We Stand to loose our farm, our freedom, and everything we Have worked for...
The department apparently demanded he take it down and tried to gather info on the callers. They also appeared to have lost hundreds of dollars worth of poultry due to (possibly separate) charges. Could it be that the department is using bullying tactics because of their new natural farming practice?

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Anonymous said...

This is not the country I grew up in and these are not Americans. They are Nazis.

Anonymous said...

Police are nothing more than a goon squad for the "lawmakers" and elite. They are code enforcement and tax collectors for the sociopaths in power.

I believe we do not need police, and we should move towards abolishing police forces, for more individualized security. Having a police force = statism.

People should stop supporting the police and respecting them. They should stop giving them money and push them out of their communities. People need to punish "lawless" thugs with badges by not providing them services or goods and tell them they are not welcomed.

People should start to shun & alienate cops, because they are nothing but sociopathic/psychopathic robots who do the bidding for their political psychopathic masters.

Most are soulless assholes who make a living causing pain, ruin, harm and death and destruction, to mostly non-violent people.

We do not need police forces to "protect" us, because, 1. The US government already stated that police do not have any obligation to protect anyone. 2. Allowing a corrupt system to give you protection is like allowing a wolf to stand guard and protect a hen house. It makes as much sense as allowing violent gangsters that shake you down for money, to patrol your neighborhood.

Police are the biggest gang in your community and it is known that function as one, such as ordering "hits", forcefully gaining false confessions from people, kidnapping (arrests) and extortion (fines and summons). They engage in cover ups and conspiracies.

What we need are close communities and individualized security.

Anonymous said...

Great post Anonymous@10:17 pm!
Abolishing police forces is an idea whose time has come. They need to be abolished/severely curtailed and replaced by community self-policing.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 4:27
Now you know how the Native Americans felt when the second generation of Pilgrims and eventually the American government treated them in the same way and still do in other ways today. Ditto for how the blacks have been treated. This is how single pregnant women are treated when they contact an adoption agency when then want to keep their babies after birth. This is also how adoptees are treated in closed adoption and when they try to get the adoption records open. There are so many people who are being victimized by Nazi mentality as you put it. This story is just one more example.

Anonymous said...

Sounds more like Stalinist Russia. The Nazis
were tame compered to them.

Anonymous said...

Paying for police these days is like supporting a protection racket that has gone wrong. If these cops weren't on the payroll, many of them would be of the common criminal class. Instead, with pay, they beat us, shoot without cause saying they were afraid for their safety, taser us, lie against us under oath, produce false evidence... Maybe the citizenry needs some SWAT teams... At some point, people have to stand up to bullies for bullies will continue to ply their "trade" until people make it known that they will defend themselves. Same thing goes for all these petty bureaucrats and government departments who want to run roughshod over those who pay their salaries.

>>“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn<<

Anonymous said...

What in the world is so bad about natural farming practices? They worked just fine for the settlers who farmed the countryside for 250 years before all the recent hassles from the authorities.

Anonymous said...

The Abbotts are nothing but whiners that bring everything uon themselves. Dont feell a bit sorry for them. If they obeyed the law and respected others, they'd have minimal problems. Instead they blame others.

Anonymous said...

I called this lies from the beginning and I stand by that now. Can't find evidence that it ever happened; no police record, arrest report, no names of officers involved, no evidence at all. Notice FTCLDF was the ONLY ones to report this, everyone else who reported got it from FTCLDF. This kind of behavior makes the rest of us look bad. If you are going to spread lies and imaginary stories, do it about unicorns and leprechauns, everyone already knows they aren't real.

Heather Callaghan said...

@anon 8:33, thanks for your comment. Not sure why you would call it all imaginary and all lies. These people really do exist. I do find it odd that I found an arrest record under Ethan's name, which you can easily find doing a search. Yes, the report comes from FTCLDF because that's who they reported it too. It's an exclusive report -- however, it looks like it made their local news and I'm searching for it. But there are facebook pages and local contacts. Your comment has prompted me to look into updating.

I wish you wouldn't say I'm spreading lies, though. Neither I nor the FTCLDF would intentionally do that. We are doing the best we can to provide info as we have it. Thanks - Peace

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