Growing vegetables in your own yard now confirmed as a criminal offense by Florida courts… INSANITY is now LAW

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It’s a sad day in Florida: Property rights for homeowners have taken a huge blow as courts confirm that growing edible plants in your own front yard is, in fact, a crime. Out of all the terrible things a person can do these days, gardening is the last thing you may have suspected would become a punishable offense. To no one’s surprise, Big Government continues to use strong-arm tactics against innocent people looking to engage in some basic self-sufficiency. If they can’t take your guns, they’ll take your garden.

This display of obvious government overreach first began back in 2013, when Hermine Ricketts and her husband Tom Carroll were faced with fines of up to $50 per day — for the crime of growing edible plants like tomatoes and Asian cabbage in their front yard — after city ordinances were changed. While they didn’t face any jail time, the couple had to dig up their prosperous garden. Due to their north-facing backyard that gets little sun, they’ve not been able to resume gardening.

The couple has been fighting against the Village of Miami Shores and their outrageous ordinance ever since — along with help from the Institute of Justice (IJ), a non-profit law firm. IJ lawyer Ari Bargil, contended, “This decision gives local governments tremendous leeway to regulate harmless activities in the name of aesthetics. It gives government the power to prohibit homeowners from growing plants in their front yards simply because they intend to eat them.”

Despite the recent ruling by the 3rd District Court of Appeal, which favored Miami Shores’ absurdity, Ricketts and Carroll are now looking to take their case all the way up to the state of Florida’s Supreme Court.

According to the most recent ruling, Miami Shores has the right to brandish authority over design and landscaping criteria to maintain “property values and the enjoyment of property rights by minimizing and reducing conflicts among various land uses,” as well as for “protecting” the look of the village.

Is a well-maintained vegetable garden really an eyesore that would damage property values?

Richard Sarafan, attorney for the Village of Miami Shores, essentially argued that allowing the couple to keep their front-yard garden would somehow pave the way for total pandemonium. Sarafan complained that the couple’s yard was “filled with pots” that “should have” been placed in the backyard. But yet, had those pots been filled with flowers instead of vegetables — the city would have had no legs to stand on with their arbitrary complaint.

There is no shortage of reasons to object to the 3rd District Court’s ruling, but perhaps the most inane explanation for their decision was the attempt at rationalizing why it’s okay for the government to legislate against edible plants but not ornamental ones. IJ attorney Ari Bargil objected to the court’s claim that “it is rational for government to ban the cultivation of plants to be eaten as part of a meal, as opposed to the cultivation of plants for ornamental reasons,” — and it’s easy to see why. How can the government tell citizens what kinds of plants they can grow?

Government overreach regarding the cultivation of edible plants and other healthy living choices is a growing problem in the United States. Where will we draw the line? Food and health freedom are already under attack — this ruling is proof of that. [Related: Read more stories like this at Tyranny.news.]


Sources for this article include:

MiamiHerald.com

WOGX.com

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WATCH: Florida Police Officer Fatally Shoots Unarmed Man After Fight


Video posted to Facebook as well as body camera video show an unarmed man fatally shot during an altercation with Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies after a call to 911 about a domestic disturbance on December 7.

BSO released footage from the body cameras that Deputies Steven Briggs and Sean Youngward were wearing at the time of the incident with Jean Pedro Pierre, 42, reported WSVN.

In the body camera footage, Pierre is seen attacking Youngward through the hallway outside the apartment, the officer tases him, but that didn’t stop Pierre, and the officer eventually falls after being hit.

“They’re gonna shoot you, man,” onlookers shout at Pierre as he holds Broward County deputy Sean Youngward’s ankle.

“Let him go. You’re gonna get yourself in bad trouble. There’s a lot more coming, man.”

Pierre kicks deputy Youngward’s thigh a few times before back up deputy Steven Briggs arrives with his gun drawn.

“Tase him! Tase him! Don’t shoot him,” voices can be heard pleading with deputy Briggs.

Youngward tries to hit Pierre with his baton in an attempt to break free.

Eventually, Pierre drops Youngward’s leg and runs towards Briggs.

That’s when Briggs opens fire, dropping Pierre to the ground.

The video, which was taken by Romeo Pericles, shows Pierre still alive, laying on the ground while officers approach with their guns drawn on him.

One of the deputies bends over to check Pierre’s condition and eventually an officer can be seen administering CPR.

Emergency personnel transported Pierre to the hospital, where he later died.

“Deputy Sean Youngward was attacked by Mr. Pierre. He was punched, he was kicked and he was knocked to the ground,” Broward County Sheriff Scott Isreal said during a news conference Friday.

“It was a violent encounter.”

Officials say deputy Youngward used his taser on Pierre, but said that didn’t stop him from attacking the deputy.

“He did everything he could to save himself and to end this confrontation, he was overwhelmed by the superior size and strength of Mr. Pierre,” Sheriff Israel told reporters.

“He gave several clear concise, lawful and legal orders to Mr. Pierre. Mr. Pierre chose a path of non-compliance.”

Pierre’s friends and family said that’s not the man they know and have questions about what led up to the altercation.

“He was a loving, caring person. Loved his family, loved his kids. This is devastating to all of us, it’s not making sense,” Pierre’s friend, Nekita Dulcio, said.

Pierre’s family said he was a Haitian entrepreneur and once ran for political office in Haiti.

Source: http://truthfight.com/video-florida-cop-fatally-shoots-unarmed-man-fight/

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Arrest In Florida Road Rage Shooting

After a manhunt for a gunman who opened fire on a major highway in Florida, a suspect has been arrested. Authorities are investigating it as an act of road rage, a growing problem in the United States.

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Veteran Florida Homicide Detective Resigns After Domestic Violence Arrest

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office detective Jeffrey Bliss

MANATEE, Florida – A veteran homicide detective with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has resigned after being arrested Wednesday night on a charge of domestic battery.

Jeffrey Bliss, 45, was an employee of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office for 16 years, according to department spokesman Dave Bristow. Bliss resigned his position Thursday morning, Bristow said.

Deputies responded at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday to a domestic situation at Bliss’ residence in Palmetto.

Deputies investigated the incident and subsequently arrested Bliss, Bristow said.

Bliss’ tenure with the department saw him involved in several high-profile cases over the years, including the January life-sentence convictions of six men involved in a series of violent crimes in Manatee County, including murder.

It took six years navigating the federal court system to get the conviction that ended the local crime ring, but Bliss was there from the beginning when he warned one of the suspects’ father that law enforcement “was on to them.”

“We told them we knew what they were up to, we were on to them, and we were going to get them,” Bliss recalled at the time. “They laughed and laughed. … They’re not laughing anymore.”

Most recently, Bliss testified on Nov. 14 in the double-murder trial of Dwayne Cummings for the deaths of Jordan Finlon, 23, and Karl Tuxford, 38. Tuxford was found in his jeep shot five times, while Finlon was found dead on the side of Bishop Harbor Road in Terra Ceia Preserve State Park stabbed up to 44 times. Cummings was found guilty.

If it was a high-profile case in Manatee County, Bliss was likely a part of the investigation, including the 2008 murder of Sabine Musil-Buehler by William Cumber, who avoided justice for seven years because Musil-Buehler’s body was missing for all that time.

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Beyond stupid: Florida court declares it’s ILLEGAL to grow food in your own front yard

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A court in Florida has decided that homeowners do not, in fact, have the right to garden on their own property. While the court says flower gardens and fruit trees are acceptable horticultural pursuits for a front yard, for some reason vegetables are non-negotiable. Leave it to big government to make it illegal for property owners to grow their own food, on their own land.

The front-garden debacle in Florida’s Village of Miami Shores first began a few years ago, when the municipality decided to crack down on gardening. Tom Carroll and Hermine Rickets, homeowners who’d lived in the area for 17 years, were “advised” to tear down the vegetable garden in their front yard. Town officials had changed the zoning laws, making the practice of growing food in your front yard strictly prohibited. The officials told Carroll and Rickets that they would face fines of up to $50 per day if they failed to dig up their garden.

The couple did not silently dig up their garden at the behest of local bureaucrats; instead, they chose to fight for their freedom. With representation from the Institute of Justice, they sued, stating that the city was violating their constitutional right to use their own property as well as the equal protection clause.

You’d think they had a sure-fire win; since when can the government tell you what kinds of plants can and cannot be grown in your own yard, right? But sadly, property rights in Florida were dealt a major blow, instead of being protected.

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals has sided with the local officials and their attorney, who proclaimed, “There certainly is not [a] fundamental right to grow vegetables in your front yard.”

Though the married couple had been growing vegetables in their front yard for many years, the courts decided that it was somehow reasonable to outlaw “the cultivation of plants to be eaten as part of a meal, as opposed to the cultivation of plants for ornamental reasons.”

As the Institute for Justice contends, this ruling is a major blow to property rights in America. It’s a major blow to food freedom, as well. IJ Attorney Ari Bargill, who represented Carroll and Rickets in court, commented, “If Hermine and Tom wanted to grow fruit or flowers or display pink flamingos, Miami Shores would have been completely fine with it. They should be equally free to grow food for their own consumption, which they did for 17 years before the village forced them to uproot the very source of their sustenance.”

Bargill also stated, “Today’s decision gives local government the power to flatly ban homeowners from growing plants in their front yards simply because they intend to eat them.” Viewing the ruling in this rational perspective shows just how unjust this ruling is; the Founding Fathers are rolling in their graves, no doubt. If the homeowners were manufacturing crystal meth in the front yard, perhaps then there’d be something to talk about. But no, these people were simply growing vegetables — hardly anything that should be of concern to the government.

But it’s not just Miami Shores that’s been cracking down on self-sufficient homeowners. Families in Orlando have been targeted by similar ordinances. Jason and Jessica, from the Orlando-area,  started a petition after the local authorities ordered them to tear up their garden in 2016. Their petition garnered some 10,000 signatures, and the government ultimately backed down from their ludicrous demands.

Not only do these bogus property restrictions infringe on homeowners’ property rights, these kinds of ordinances take a serious stab at Americans’ rights to food freedom — and further contribute to our culture of dependence. Keeping a home garden is one of the best ways to bolster your independence — no wonder the government is so against it. [Related: Read more stories about self-sufficiency at FoodFreedom.news]

Sources for this article include:

ActivistPost.com

IJ.org

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Florida Man Being Chased By Police Asks 911 To Call Donald Trump

He’s making 911 calls great again.

A Florida man being chased by police phoned 911 and asked a dispatcher to contact the White House so he could speak to his “close friend,” President Donald Trump.

“We made a deal,” marijuana suspect Aric Frydberg said of his relationship with the president during the bizarre emergency call early Tuesday.

The appeal didn’t work. Collier County sheriff’s deputies caught Frydberg, 33,  after a seven-mile car chase. Despite his attempts to weasel out of trouble ― invoking Trump, blaming Jews and claiming his mother had been in an accident ― deputies booked him on charges that included aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, tampering with evidence, and possession of marijuana. He was jailed on $99,500 bail.

It all started when a deputy noticed a marijuana-like scent emanating from a vehicle parked in a post office parking lot. The officer looked inside the car and saw a baggie containing a green leafy substance. When he tried to confiscate the baggie, Frydberg allegedly grabbed it and stuffed it into his mouth, according to local station WINK.

Then Frydberg sped away and called 911.

“I need help, please,” Frydberg told the dispatcher. “There’s a police officer chasing me.”

The 911 operator repeatedly told Frydberg to pull over, but the fleeing driver had some requests, according to local station WFTX.

“Call my mom, call my mom,” he said. “Please call my mom.”

When that didn’t work, Frydberg pulled out his trump card.

“Donald Trump is a close friend of mine. We made a deal,” he said. 

He added, cryptically: “It wasn’t his fault, it was the Jews who fucked me, not Donald Trump, it was the Jewish community.” 

When that didn’t work, Frydberg tried another excuse.

“My mom called me and said she was in a car accident in Homestead,” he said. “My flesh and blood was in a car accident and I have to stop and help you.”

Here’s the recording of the complete 911 call: 

Officers eventually stopped Frydberg and arrested him. Deputies said they found glass pipes with a burnt leafy residue on them that tested positive for marijuana, according to WFTX.

Frydberg’s Facebook page lists him as an apprentice and executive assistant to the CEO at Trump Financial in Miami. HuffPost contacted a phone listing for the company, but no one immediately responded.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Florida Lawns Are Being Converted Into Edible Farms

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Imagine having row upon row of carrots, lettuce and tomatoes in your front yard. This organisation decided to turn homeowners lawns in Florida into rows of fresh local produce.

Fleet Farming are a volunteer-led program that transform under-used lawns into lush edible farms. All of their volunteers ride bikes and go from lawn to lawn to seed and harvest the produce. Homeowners have the opportunity to donate their garden to the organisation. Once approved, they have to sign a two-year agreement and donate approximately $500 to cover start-up costs. In turn, the homeowners get a share of the produce. The rest is sold at local farmers markets. What’s even more amazing is that 100 percent of the sales go back into the organisation and cover the costs of irrigation, composts and seeds.

The edible lawns are known as ‘farmlettes’ and so far more than 300 homeowners in the region have offered up their yards. Co-founder Chris Castro, is running the program alongside his 50-hour a week day job. He hopes to create 200 farmlettes throughout Central Florida by 2020. “The response has been overwhelming,” Castro said. “People are hungry for ways to get engaged and be a part of the movement, moving our cities toward more livable, walkable, sustainable communities. Often times they just don’t know how. This is a small program that can really have a substantial impact.”

Fleet Farming are growing and now have branches in Oakland, California and Kampala, Uganda. They also plan on expanding to more cities, as well as abroad.

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Florida Police Release Eerie New Surveillance Video In Hunt For Suspected Serial Killer

Florida police have released a new surveillance video of a “person of interest” wearing a long jacket with a hood and repeatedly flipping open a cell phone in investigators’ hunt for a suspected serial killer in a Tampa neighborhood.

The person, whose clothing somewhat resembles a kind of hazmat suit from afar,  was tracked on video nonchalantly walking in the area near the time when the first victim — Benjamin Mitchell, 22 — was fatally shot Oct. 9. The individual runs from the area after Mitchell is shot. Police uploaded the video Thursday and have referred to the person of interest as a man, but it’s impossible to know for certain from the footage the person’s gender or age.

Police believe either the person was involved in the shooting or may have witnessed something that could be valuable to investigators, Tampa Police Interim Chief Brian Dugan told WFTS-TV. Even the individual’s apparent habit of flipping a cell phone might be a clue to the person’s identity, Dugan told CNN.

Police believe Mitchell, 32-year-old Monica Hoffa, and 20-year-old Anthony Naiboa may have been targeted at random by a serial killer because they didn’t know each, weren’t killed during robberies, and were all shot within a mile radius near bus stops in Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood. 

Officials are determined to find the killer and end the shootings. “Bring his head to me,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told police earlier this week, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “Let’s get this done.”

Anthony Naiboa, Monica Hoffa and Benjamin Mitchell may all have been the victims of a serial killer operating in a Tampa neighborhood. (Florida Crime Stroppers)Anthony Naiboa, Monica Hoffa and Benjamin Mitchell may all have been the victims of a serial killer operating in a Tampa neighborhood. (Florida Crime Stroppers)

Police released other surveillance footage of the same person earlier this month. The video clips all show a person walking with a very straight back but with a casual gait, flicking a cell phone. The new footage shows the person running with long, effortless strides after Mitchell was shot.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Florida Deputy’s Son Steals Patrol Car, Pulls Ex-Girlfriend Over, Orders her New Boyfriend Out of Car, then Robs him


One day after a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy shot his ex-girlfriend in the back before turning the gun on himself, the son of another deputy stole his father’s patrol car and pulled his ex-girlfriend over.

Christopher Combs, 22, who is a paid cadet with the sheriff’s office, then ordered her new boyfriend to step out of the car via intercom, directing him to lay on the ground and empty his pockets.

The victim, who said he felt a metal object pressed against his head, said he robbed of his personal belongings, according to WPTV.

He also said Combs was laughing.

Combs, the son of Palm Beach Sheriff’s Lieutenant David Combs, was arrested nine hours later after the department tracked the car down through its GPS and notified Broward County sheriff’s deputies.

Combs was initially jailed on a $300,000 bond on four felony charges, but was released on a $120,000 bond.

Combs said “he became upset and that was why he started messing with (the couple),” according to the arrest report.

The victim was under the impression that a passenger was in the unmarked patrol car, who pressed the metal object against his head, but deputies have not mentioned anything about another suspect.

According to Jose Lambiet of Gossip Extra, who broke the story this afternoon:

The younger Combs allegedly got in his father’s squad car Friday night near the family’s Boynton Beach home and decided to drive south.

Allegedly, Combs tailed a car where his old girlfriend was riding alongside her new boyfriend, and eventually pulled the couple over.

Eventually, PBSO tracked down the car with the GPS installed on its service radio. By then, the younger Combs was driving in Broward County, records show, and got pulled over by a BSO deputy at 10 a.m. Saturday in Pompano Beach.

On top of it, the younger Combs appeared to be drunk although he wasn’t charged with DUI.
Combs was charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer, robbery with a weapon, and two counts of false imprisonment.

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