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San Lorenzo, CA — A heartening trend is growing on social media showing that people are waking up to the state persecuting individuals over victimless crimes. The latest example of this trend comes from the Alameda County Sheriff’s department posting a photo of a deputy arresting a man for selling fruits and vegetables on the roadside and attempting to justify it. When people read the department’s justification, they lashed out — peacefully — to let them know what they were doing is wrong.

Legality does not dictate morality. 

The photo, which has sparked so much backlash online, depicts a deputy confiscating strawberries and mangos while the man selling them sits on the sidewalk in handcuffs.

What’s going on in the photo is clear as day. However, the sheriff’s department took to penning a lengthy post in a futile attempt to explain and justify it. Naturally, they were owned by Facebook.

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Here is a screen grab of the post below in case it is removed. It contains one of the most epic comments on the entire post.

“This photograph has stirred up quite a bit of controversy on social media so we wanted to put some context to this picture. Some people have used this photo as an opportunity to criticize law enforcement and drive a wedge between us and our immigrant, minority and low income communities,” the sheriff’s office wrote. “Sometimes photos can be deceptive.”

However, nothing in this photo was deceptive and the sheriff’s department statement even confirmed it.

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“Our deputy approached this man to advise him that it was illegal for him to sell produce on the corner. When the deputy asked the man for his identification he became resistive and tried to flee. Our intention here was not to arrest him or get in a confrontation with him. We learned, the man is on federal probation and is expected to follow all laws. This is likely the reason he tried to flee,” the sheriff’s department wrote.

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The department attempted to justify kidnapping and caging this man because he tried to flee the officer who wanted to kidnap and cage him for selling fruits and vegetables. People saw right through it and hundreds of them went on to let the sheriff know how they feel.

Justify however you want, if a deed doesn’t have an identified victim, it’s not a crime and you become the criminal. Badges don’t grant privileges of immorality,” one Facebook user wrote.

This poor man had likely been arrested for selling vegetables on the street before which is most likely why he ran. By saying the man ran from a kidnapper as a means of justification for kidnapping him is hardly a good point — which is why this dug the department an even deeper hole.

“This is why the people who hate you do. Even IN context this picture still boils my blood. A guy just trying to make some money. We shouldn’t need “law enforcement permission” to peacefully sell a product to make a buck. Victimless crime has no place in a so-called “free country”,” another user wrote. “Talk about turning hall-monitoring into a career.”

While there was no shortage of comments chastising the department for this victimless crime enforcement, sadly enough there were a few scattered comments by champions of the police state interjecting their ridiculous justification as well.

One Facebook user went so far as to somehow apply the two party paradigm to this situation.

Idiot liberals, do you not understand that what he’s selling is unchecked and possibly unsafe and being sold and taken home n fed to your kids with the possibility of making them sick..oh and I’m sure he’s payin taxes on the money he makes huh, not to mention he’s already on probation for breaking other laws…if you agree this is ok and the police are wrong you need to move to the 3rd world country this belongs in…you people are sad. The Police have a hard enough time without dealing with you idiots. BLUE LIVES MATTER”

The comment above illustrates the sheer ignorance which has led to society accepting the enforcement of laws for victimless crimes. The poor uninformed individual who thinks standing up for people’s rights to do as they please without causing harm to their fellow human is ‘liberal’ is sadly just a cog in the wheel that is the police state. Standing against big government reaching into every aspect of our lives with permits, licenses, and fees — is the antithesis of the leftist. 

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Luckily, commenters like him were few and far between.

For the most part, the nearly 2,000 comments were all from people awake to the police state.

Legality doesn’t equate to morality. If there’s no victim there’s no crime and until you stop using violence and extortion against peaceful people everyone’s going to hate you,” one person wrote, summing up the problem of policing in America perfectly.

The bottom line is — in modern day police state, USA — exchanging goods and services is a crime unless the state gets their cut. We are told that this is for our safety and that we could all die if a brown man sells tainted strawberries on the corner. But nothing could be further from the truth.

“Persistent street vending harms local businesses, especially small, start-up food vendors and poses certain health risks such as Ecoli and other food borne illnesses,” writes the sheriff’s department.

E coli is certainly something to worry about, however, it is not nearly as deadly as the police. In fact, police kill 30 to 40 times more people every year than e coli. Also, the overwhelming majority of e coli outbreaks and other foodborne illnesses come from factory farms and corporations whose representatives and owners are never prosecuted for the deaths related to their products.

Ah, but sell some strawberries on a street corner, and you are an enemy of the state who deserves to be kidnapped and caged.

Thanks for not buying it Facebook users.

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • The Cat’s Vagina

    The poor uninformed individual who thinks standing up for people’s rights to do as they please without causing harm to their fellow human is ‘liberal’ is sadly just a cog in the wheel that is the police state.

    I know, right? Every time I see someone on this site calling Mr. Agorist some variation of “libtard,” I snort derisively. I find the general tone of this site to be somewhat conservative, but as has been written here in the past, that’s all just a bunch of divisive labeling.

    “There is so much good in the worst of us and so much bad in the best of us that it ill behooves any of us to pick fault with the rest of us.”

    • Guy

      Hmmmm !? Now you’ve done it ! I swore off thinking for this Saturday, and now you have started it all back up ! You My Dear Are A Turd ! Hope you’re happy !

      • canucanoe2

        Baaa-hahaha-haaa!

        • Guy

          Yes indeedy, she is a evil lady. But a very respected one at that! Being not afraid, and perfectly willing and able to let you have it with both barrels, when we need to be called out for being thought dumb !

  • Guy

    There is no way I can make commentary on this without stirring the pot and expecting to get slamed ! So take it easy Okay !

    I’am coming from the direction of being a farmer myself, in the produce business. Saying if you want to sell produce, it’s fine well and good, as long as you go about it the right way, and that is at the Local Farmer’s Market. Not on a street corner like this guy was.

    Yes he was hurting nobody and in itself a victimless crime. Of which he was in violation of the laws that are designed to protect you, the consumer. E Coli is nothing to fool around with, having the potential of making you extremely sick, is easily spread and tough to spot, befor people like you are affected by it. Also it’s fairly easy to avoid, if basic common sense methods like washing or boiling your veggies first, befor consumption is practised. Just like you do at home, when handling raw chicken.That is still not a guarantee you still won’t get it, it just lessens the chances you will.

    I see these guys around all the time. Setting up there wagons loaded with fruit & vegetables and potential death! Finding them more of a annoyance that just pisses me off, knowing I have to jump through hoops of countless rules and regulations, befor I can sell you or a restaurant, a organic carrot. These rules and reg’s they can’t or won’t be bothered with, usually paying no taxes, while flipping off the rules and regulations that I have to follow, and just stuffing the cash into their pockets. All the while laughing their heads off at me, you and our silly rules. Saying they are hurting no one, and just trying to make a dime to feed their family. Bull Shit !!!! To me if that was true, then how come they are there in the first place, avoiding all responsibility to do it the right way !? Just like a lot of gardeners doing the same thing, with a pick-up, lawn mower, blower and a weed eater are. Paying no taxes, and no insurance for worker’s comp, if a worker gets hurt, that you will be responsible for if they do, while spraying round up and bug killer all over the place. These guy’s pocket the cash, while ripping you and the legitimate ones who do, off ! Contractor Licence Laws are there for a reason folks ! Would you have a bathroom built or a roof done by a unlicensed company !? Of course not. Then why would you buy a strawberry or mango, from a guy on the corner that dosen’t give a shit about you, or anyone else, except what he can put into his pocket ?

    Think what you will. I believe the rules I have got to follow, along with the taxes that are collected to maintain and enforce them, are more about safety for you the consumer, as well in order for me to be a farmer in my State, who grows vegetables for public consumption, while practising sustainable organic methods. If the State, County, or City, is making a buck off of it or not . I don’t give a damn, if they do or don’t ! It’s just the price I pay to do my business, and know that for every dollar I spend and make, a portion goes to pay them. What the hell they do with it after that, I don’t give a tinker’s damn most of the time, unless it’s for stupid stuff, like Bullet Trains In California, that go nowhere, or paying for Broken Dams, that we already have payed to fix, Twice !!

    Was the cop harassing this guy ? Maybe so. Did the cop have a reason to ? Yes he did. Was it wrong ? That’s your call, you decide for yourself ! Kid’s will pop a unwashed, and maybe E-Coli loaded, strawberry into their mouth, faster than you can blink.

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      Who do you expect is going to slame you?

      • Guy

        Well may you for starters, depending if you are feeling nasty or not ! The rest will just have to wait their turn !

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          All’s I got to say is you misspelled slammed.

          • Guy

            Ok I dropped a (m) ! Dam Girl ! Are you a teacher ? I should have you do my grammar and spell checking befor I submit my BS to the site. But maybe not. Because it won’t give you much to rake me over the coals for would it ? Except when you call me out for my opinion, that you may or maynot like ! Now ! I think I will go and talk to my vegetables, that is if, I can get in a word edgewise. They are as about as opinionated as you are, with out the raz !

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            I guess a phone sex operator is a kind of teacher…

          • Guy

            My radishes hate to be alone for long, and get feisty when they are !

            Huh ? Phone sex ? I thought that went out in the 80’s along with *Hot Pants !*

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            The need for human attention and approval (however feigned and superficial it may be) will never completely go away.

          • Guy

            You mean if we exchange phone numbers, we can talk dirty to each other ? That might be interesting, expensive no doubt, but kind of fun too !

            Oh scratch it ! My wife already does that, I don’t have to pay her, just be nice and feed her dinner once in awhile at a white tablecloth sort of place. Plus after 40 some odd years, she probably hit’s a lot harder than you do, and know’s were we keep the gun, knowing how to use it too, so no sense in getting my ass shot off !

            Feigned and Superficial is a understatement, but understandable considering there are a lot of lonely folks out there, looking for companionship any way they can get it.

            Your type of profession Cat, is certainly a needed type of one, no matter what others may think. With the thought of better that, than someone going out and hurting others over some dumb as shit reason than to just violate another human being, so they can get there cookies off ! Which I have never completely understood as to why ! Except that it may be about power and feelings of athority over someone else that is the cause. Just like some of the cops that we discuss about and their outrageous behavior ! Me ? I would just as well cut the balls off of somebody who would do that, than even look at em ! I Or throw in jail for a good 20, but hate the idea of my taxes going to pay for the slimes upkeep !

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            I do entertain a lot of fucked-up fantasies, and you might be a little surprised to know that a lot of scary perverts are actually kind of horrified by their own sexual proclivities. Phone sex provides a safe, legal, consensual outlet for literally ANYTHING a person might be into – especially the kind of shit that’s just logistically impossible. I also do a lot more marriage counseling than you might expect.

          • Guy

            So a little psychology is a requirement too in your type work, I’ll just bet it is. Hell I don’t understand even half of my own fantasies, nevertheless trying to understand someone else’s as a job requirement would be. People are wacked out for sure and probably scary to boot as you say they are. My sister is a counselor at a Methadone clinic, and tells me all sorts of shit (no names ever) about what are in folks minds, and it just alway’s freaks me out to hear it. Having them and acting out, are two very different things.Thats why cops scare the shit out of me, never knowing what they might do, or can do, is the problem I have. Because they have the badage, gun and law on their side and we got nothing, except high priced lawyers as a defence.

            Marriage Counseling would be a whole different ball game, not sure how that fits into your picture. But I guess it relates somehow, depending on their emotional hangups and were they are in their relationship. I learned a long time ago, not to fight it, my ego can get bashed and bruised, it is just part of what she and I have together, and better to give in a bit than always having to be right in the argument. Peace and emotions security is what we have, but not always or easily obtained. As long as there is always truth and trust, along with we don’t have to be the center of the Universe, it will come naturally.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            Mostly, the “marriage counseling” is of the “how do I get my wife to let me…” I tell them how to relate to their wives sexually and answer lots of questions of the “what the fuck do you bitches WANT” variety.

          • Guy

            Oh that ! Hmm well that is different for sure. We (us guy’s) are a fickle mess, with just trying to figure what women what ! I gave up years ago trying to figure that one out, and now just ask her and she usually tells me most of the time. Sometimes she just smiles and say’s “You Can Guess Or Figure It Out Yourself !” It’s when she get’s real quiet and doesn’t talk much, that’s when I know I’am in trouble and start apologizing for stuff that I just make up, while hoping I get it right or lucky, or both.

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            When a man talks dirty to a woman, it’s sexual harassment. When a woman talks dirty to a man, it’s $3.95 a minute.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            I’ve often wanted to do an experiment wherein I call a bunch of random men and see who wants to have (free) phone sex with me. The only thing stopping me is the thought of sexually harassing the people who wouldn’t be interested.

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Do you want my number? I will be you’re guinea pig lol

          • The Cat’s Vagina
          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Haha. Nice one missus. That accent could get me off alone haha

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            Most people love a foreign accent!

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            Then you should probably enjoy the rest of my Soundcloud profile – there is a LOT of weirdly random stuff on there, most of which is decidedly not meant to be sexy.

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            I shall give it a whirl.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            I recommend my reading of “Female of the Species.” I put a lot of heart into that!

          • The Cat’s Vagina
          • Guy

            That my friend ! Is what is known as Capitalism and Free Enterprise !

          • Zackknowitall

            Are you hot or a over weight nasty woman with a hot voice. Be honest.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            Are those the only two options for you – beautiful and hot or fat and disgusting? To be perfectly honest, I’m actually neither. If you saw me in a public place, you’d look straight through me… either to ogle the hotties or to scorn the uggos, I’d just be in the way.

          • Zackknowitall

            Yes those are the only to options when it comes to phone sex operators. My comment was solely based on you being a phone sex operator.

            I only have eyes for my wife. People that judge others on the way they look make me sick. I’m attracted to super intelligent women. I’m a sapiosexual first and foremost.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            People who are into eye candy tend to frequent strip clubs and cam-girl sites rather than phone sex. It’s hard to be any kind of success in my line of work if you aren’t highly intelligent… and also intuitive. Most guys don’t want to spoil the fantasy by just telling you what to do – you have to know how to simultaneously pick up on what he wants and lead the conversation in the right direction.

          • Zackknowitall

            Bet that pays good. I use to see the phone sex commercials 10 times a day in the 90s, 5 times or so a day up to 5 years ago. I seen only 1 in the last year. I figured it died out or the advertisement moved to the I internet. Either way I’m glad people can make a living at it.

            My only question is do you at least get to work at home or on a cell phone on the go? Bc that would be a bomb as job. Leaving the shopping cart full of food in the store and heading to the car to work.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            Yes. I work for myself and use a site called NiteFlirt to handle all the technicalities. I can take my calls on any phone number while doing anything that won’t annoy my clients. I usually charge a buck a minute and after NF gets their cut, my pay amounts to $33 per hour of talk time. If I want to have a guaranteed volume of calls, I can cut that in half and pretty much have back-to-back calls.

            One of the benefits to making my price (and pay) lower than most is that I get to enjoy a lot more conversational calls. It’s how I met my husband – I was one of a minority of girls who was cheap enough for him to afford a long chat. As you can no doubt tell for yourself just from seeing me around here, I’m a pretty clever conversationalist and can hold up my end of pretty much ANY kind of conversation!

          • Zackknowitall

            Hell a dollar a min is cheaper than a date with dinner and a move.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            And unlike a date, I’m not at all averse to fucking off immediately after the Fun Part. Y’know how that old joke goes…

          • Andropov

            Actually, she’s both hot and nasty. It’s pretty great.

        • Matt Wavle

          I have to admit, sometimes the comments are more entertaining than the articles.
          Perceived anonymity have made both of you a bit more open than you normally see. Amazing interaction. One you’d never see IRL. // Carry on!

    • LawrenceNeal

      The produce is in crates and boxes. That implies that it came from a distributor, and has been checked. Same stuff you get at the Farmer’s Market, which is probably where he got it.

      • Guy

        You allready said that bozo, and now repeating yourself, making you a troll ! Give it a rest. But in case you missed it. You Are Dead Ass Wrong !

      • Christopher King

        Implies? Sure….. He picked up those boxes and reuses them. Possible, right?

        • LawrenceNeal

          Possible, yes. And possible he just found the produce in the gutter and dumpsters.

    • Alan Chandler

      Bad fruit can be found in grocery stores too. Anyone who would buy a spoiled tomato should know better.

    • REALConservative

      Why should he have to pay a fee for a booth at the Farmer’s Market? Maybe the FM was closed that day…most of them are only open a couple days per week.

      What you are doing is advocating for the state to protect you from competition.

      • Guy

        I’ll let you figure that one out yourself ! As to competion, the guy is just a shiitly little ant, doing more harm than good, as far as I’am concerned. I grow and sell ton’s in a year, and depending on where you live, shop at, or restaurant you go to, you may already be eating some of it.

        • REALConservative

          Already figured it out, buttercup…it was rhetorical, and you avoided it like a chickens()t.

          Just another farmer expecting the gubmint to protect you from competition.

          • Guy

            I don’t and never avoid nothing as far as you are concerned *Sunshine.* So next time you are about to bite into that unwashed poisoned apple, smile really pretty thinking of all the folks you and your slick willy lawyer, will no doubt be sueing to the cows come home !

          • REALConservative

            Sure you avoided it. Still are.

            Now smile pretty thinking about that one form of gov’t welfare that you’ve convinced yourself is OK…because you are the recipient. No doubt being a welfare queen looks good underneath that tutu.

    • Allen Davis

      I read all of your comment.
      Here it is summerized:
      The guy that got arrested and harassed makes me mad because I’m a good slave. He is a bad slave. Master needs our money to keep us in line. You might not like master, but the world would be scary without master.
      What about the kids!

      • Guy

        Look! You wanna oversimplify stuff and make shit up, while youre at it, fine be my guess, act like a friggin idiot if you want, that ‘s cool too. But buddy, you don’t know jack shit of what it is, you’re talking about and about 3x’s stupid for even thinking you do ! So Take A Hike !

        • Allen Davis

          Meh, it was a spot on summary of your sentiments.
          The evidence that you know it’s true is your pissed off reaction.
          Now, be a good slave and clean off masters boots.

          • Guy

            The only reason my reaction is pissed off in the first place, is answering to postings from numbnuts like you, who don’t shit about it, thinking they do. Making idiots twice as dangerous as to the cause of it !!!!

            So not untill you have first finished licking em off real clean and shiny, then let me know when you’re done, because I will have another job for you to do. Like cleaning the toilets !

          • Allen Davis

            Nope.
            You failed.
            You’re not answering any posts. You’re just deflecting from your bs, and no one is falling for it slick.
            My OP response to your OP was, is and will remain 100% accurate.

          • Guy

            That’s nice. Keep on thinking that way if it makes you happy ! Then don’t pay your taxes and see what happens !

          • Allen Davis

            Lol, ok guy, I know what happens. Massa will beat, cage and/or kill me after taking my stuff. Massa needs my stuff to pay for safety n shit.
            Of the two of us, I’m not the one needing a delusion to be happy.
            Lick those boots hotrod.

          • Guy

            Say what you want , believing how you want. for whatever good it does you! Stop eating food that we *The American Farmer* raise for you to consume ! I will be happy to try to get the rules and regs off the books that we have to follow. So idiots like you, can feel good about themselves while blaming it all on Us and the Government !

            You are a dead bug while being a stupid fool at that. Who should move to Venezuela, where inflation is over a 1000 %, no food, and riots in the streets. At least there, you can be happy stupidly free, wrapped full of your own self entitlements and dissolution of self worth ! Who is now blocked, have a nice day.

          • Allen Davis

            Lol, ok sport.

      • Zackknowitall

        Spot on 100%. Also he is probably up set that master is mad and too tired to rape him. But he won’t let master know he looks forward to the sex.

    • Lord Humungus

      You’re a pathetic moron… do you need the government to wipe your ass for you too?

    • Amor Terra

      And as another organic farmer, I believe that all the rules and license and taxes are there to squelch competition, favor the large corporate farms, and consolidate power in the police-state minions, who love thinking that they’re the only thing standing between the public and certain death–even though humans had done just fine without the martinets at the health department, USDA, NOP, etc., for millennia. I further believe that taxpayer money could be much better spent enforcing the law against the criminal organization that calls itself the government.

      • Guy

        Yep ! If you say so !

  • Not pro Israel

    In America 2017 the state is a Neo-Fascist criminal enterprise, the police are its enforcement division. This man did not pay his tribute to the bossman, he deserves what he got for believing otherwise.

    • Phasung Baccam

      badge and gun don’t grants extra right

      • John Chabak

        The badge and gun granted the cop extra fruit to take home.

        • Zackknowitall

          You know they took more home than they threw away.

          • Amor Terra

            Just like with the drugs they seize

  • LawrenceNeal

    The produce is in boxes and crates. That implies that it came from a distributor, and has been checked. Same stuff you get at the Farmer’s Market, which is probably where he got it.

    • Ed

      You see getting into a farmers market you have to buy all the permits and licences, he skipped that part!

      • Yog Soggoth

        He also skipped out the part where he was an illegal immigrant and broke the law when he entered the country, CASE CLOSED! Incarceration and deportation are this jerks future. I find it hard to believe that the writer of this article is even American, much less worked for the government in any capacity. What a whiny, sissy, non informative article this turned out to be.

        • Ed

          You need to read the story again idiot. He is not an undocumented immigrant. He is on parole and trying to earn some money for his family. He started to run thinking his parole would put him back in jail.

      • Gilles Jacob

        “permits and licenses”? what are they? Oh yeah, I remember now: you’re talking about your natural rights that the gubmint stole from you, and that you then have to buy…

    • Guy

      Just because it looks pretty and in a nice box dosen’t mean it’s safe to eat or not contaminated with E Coli !

      No more than you can assume it came from a Farmers Market Distributor. ! At this time of year most of the produce is coming across the boarder from Mexico and South America, all thanks to NAFTA. Where in the hell do you think tomatoes come from in Jan, Feb & March, the friggin Moon ? Mangoes don’t grow here except in the extreme Southern States and not produced commercially so that’s out. Grapes don’t go into season untill Sep-Oct so they’re out to ! So that leaves maybe Strawberries and perhaps Early Corn and Leafy Vegetables like Spinach and Lettuce, from the Southern Valley’s here in California, Nevada and Arizona.

      What you are implying is uninformed, ignorant and just plain-o-stupid ! Plus Dangerous !!!!!!

      • Amor Terra

        And, as you can see if you visit the foodborne illness page at the CDC website, just because it’s in the grocery store stacked up nice and pretty, or even in a handy little plastic pag with a Dole or Green Giant label, also doesn’t mean it’s not contaminated with e-coli. Life’s a gamble. People should decide for themselves what odds they’re willing to take.

        • Guy

          Just like Russian Roulette is too, Amor Terra.

          But you are absolutely Correct in your statement !

          Thanks to some one here, who at last has shown some common sense, by using there thoughts first, instead of just shooting there mouths off !

          FOR THAT ! I THANK YOU !!!

      • Paul Gsell

        Here in the garden state we have greenhouses that grow jersey tomatoes all year buddyboy

        • Guy

          So do they in Alaska and just about any other State ! Vegetables are also raised and grown in Warehouses And Shipping Containers Hydroponically. So What’s your point *Buddy Boy.*

      • sharkboy

        Consuming food is dangerous at any capacity. APPARENTLY PEOPLE FORGOT THIS A LONG TIME AGO.

    • Zackknowitall

      Yea but he can afford to sale it cheaper than people at the farmers maker who rent a space, for for a license, and taxes.

      So the government is mad they are not getting their cut.

    • junktex

      So what

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    • Christopher Garza

      Not necessarily. Honestly. I have seen it all.

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  • rb s

    what piece of SHIT COPS. Leave us the fuck alone unless we call for help.
    ISNT THAT YOUR JOB DESCRITION.
    FUCK YOU EXTORTIONISTS !

    • Wesley Fields

      No, their job description is “Law Enforcement” Officer. They don’t write the laws.

      • Zackknowitall

        And what is your point. I hope it is that cops are just as bad as the lawmakers, judges and prosecutors.

      • Glenn McBride

        “Just laws need only be policed, unjust laws must be enforced.” – SSG Steven M. Barry

      • Amor Terra

        Well, then, I wonder why they don’t enforce them against themselves and their buddies equally with the general public?

  • Rogue cops cost us money

    He didn’t buy a peddler license and the state didn’t get their CUT. I will bet that their is some fee or license for every Farmer’s Market vendor regardless of location. The police state is here people……..

    • Bob E Wills

      But cops also have a brain…they need to use it.

      • Gilles Jacob

        Maybe they have one, but the orders are not tu use it,… and they comply.

    • Zackknowitall

      I bet they would deny him a license since he was on probation. Fuck the police state.

  • Bad Karma

    Is it just me or does it appear he is shopping! Public safety my ass. Far to long we have subjected to tyranny. It’s time to take America back and truly make it great again!!! Karma and the reaper are watching. What are you going to do? I bet nothing because your a pussy. When you get tired of abusing kids, women, and those who can’t defend themselves. I’ll be ready to take you out… Pussies! Justice for Alexandria Hill, Lailia Marie Daniel, Grace Packer, Marcus Fiesel and the countless others you turned your backs on.

  • Amor Terra

    How about if the blue crew of mental defectives let ME decide if I want to buy fruit from some dude on the corner or from the Kroger store? I am the one who will eat them, after all, and I already have a mommy and daddy.

  • tz1

    What is missing is the intersection in the Venn Diagram. Technically it should be a subset.

    Morality is broad and controversial.

    Legality is now made-up instead of attempting to align the statuatory law with the natural law (based on reason).

    Criminality should only involve breaches of the peace and threats to public order and trust, as violence, stealing, cheating and other lying does.

    This does not make non-criminal things moral, only that it is immoral to enforce them using state apparatus instead of something like ostracism.

    But ostracism allows us to differ. Some consider sexual practices immoral, others consider racism or sexism immoral. Then just excommunicate. One reason we had separation of church and state is because it properly divided things – only the state has the sword. Much of today is separating a secular progressive morality that functions (quacks like) a church from the state. Hate crimes is one example.

    I’m fighting for a minimal government. But if you insist on a big government, I will fight to define its largesse to benefit or at least not harm me. Your speech will be the hate speech, not mine. Your medical problems won’t be covered via tax dollars, but mine will. The IRS will audit your organizations, not mine. Either we destroy Government tyranny, or I will try to insure it will destroy you.

    • Zackknowitall

      I say let each person decide if they want to have a big or little government. Then give them a big or little government card. Then lets see how long it takes for the big government cop loving people to change their mind.

  • IceTrey

    It seems he was arrested for violating his probation not for selling veggies.

  • And they wonder why people hate them.

  • Noel Wernitz

    The main point f discussion here should be the double standard that exists in our society. Civilians are expected to abide by the law, right down to the most simple laws that if broken harm no one. And yet!! Our governments are NOT held accountable in the same degree!! They break the very laws that bind society together every single day! Corporations get away with murder and are rewarded with tax breaks, and not one fat rich politician or CEO EVER goes to jail or is put in handcuffs. For people to come down on this guy defending this BS is a sad sad reality of where we are heading. What a joke people

  • Phil Freeman

    Buy w/silver bullion in Troy ounces. Cops can’t do shit then!

  • Dale Neville

    Illegal is what it is. He broke the law he get fined or arrested. That’s the end of it. If you jaywalk you get fined, if you resist you get arrested. You speed you get fined, you resist you get arrested. You break the law you pay the price. Enough said move people nothing to see here

  • Christopher Garza

    Devils advocate. .
    The laws are in place to protect us because some where down the roa an incident happen.
    You have some people that are honest…others trying to make a fast buck. You don’t know if they or organic or sprayed with pesticides.
    I seen the same with selling food from carts

  • Leslie Martinez

    Wow, so much bullshit and false information in this. First, in response to the Fb comment about liberals, “Standing against big government reaching into every aspect of our lives with permits, licenses, and fees — is the antithesis of the leftist.” Exactly you backwards fool. Antithesis means opposite, so, yes, it is a liberal concept to tax the crap out of us, stick their noses in our business, and nanny the crap out of our lives. I guess no on here noticed that this was in California, one of the most liberally ruled state, in a liberal region of the state, enforcing liberal controlled laws. Has this author written against NY and their ban on “large” soft drinks? Or any of the other LIBERAL overlords that want to control every aspect of our lives?
    Second, why does everyone keep claiming victimless crime? Do you know that NO ONE got sick from eating his fruit, or any other person that sets up a stand? I doubt it. In Ca, you are not permitted to produce food products from the home, baked goods and such, due to concern of health safety. Just like Florida was preventing the pastor from supplying food to homeless because it was not in controlled environments in accordance with health and safety laws, it is not about punishing someone for what they are doing, just how they are doing and in the interest of protecting the people. Would any of you sit down to eat in a restaurant that posted a “D” rating from the health board?
    Third, it appears that he was not being detained or arrested for selling his product, but for fleeing from an officer. Otherwise, they would have just told him to pack it up. And, seeing it is outside a house, does anyone know, maybe the residents complained. And, yes, they are protecting business’. Under the same laws that every other store, shop, vendor, have to comply with under the same draconian liberal laws of the California Democrat machine that is enslaving us.

    Now, before anyone wants to start judging me and think they know everything about me, I am neither Democrat or Republican, I am a free thinking, non puppetized American. I decide on topics what I support and what I| stand against, not some party overlord script. I do not support a police state nation, far from what we are, but I also support law enforcement. Not in every action to be sure, but for the most part. You want to change things, vote out your puppet master overlords and drop party politics.

    Two faces, one coin. Two party dictatorship.

  • Ibcamn

    these terrorists earn every ounce of hate america has for them….they are not crime solvers like they want you to believe,they are not in danger,they do not have one of the worlds most dangerous jobs,they are not heros…they are bottom feeders……scum.

    • Christopher King

      Stupidest thing I have ready yet.

      • Ibcamn

        wait till its your turn or a loved ones turn…….then we will see what your opinion is…..

  • disqus_Ei1UPbyXd2

    Low cost justice, real time hand held mass specrographing… for the poor. $149… vs violaion of rights for a perception… removal of the bullshit factor.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUH_r2OAd1w