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Government agents have again let their true colors shine, in a latest attempt to fight one of the most pernicious and brutal crimes embattling far too many communities across the nation — a lack of permit.

Never fear, code enforcers raided street food vendors outside Sacramento’s Southside Park, where they have long made food and beverages available to the public and attendees of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church each Sunday.

These fearless agents of the State, peace officers, not only seized the food supposedly so in need of a permit, they dumped punch into storm drains and confiscated coolers, tables, chairs, canned soda, and literally everything in the vendors’ possession — the entire raid, captured on Facebook Live video.

In video footage, one peace officer says, “I came and I personally talked to each of them months ago. And I told them, ‘If you don’t comply, if you don’t get a permit, you’re going to be in violation, they’re going to confiscate your product.’”

What the agent fails to make clear on tape is that most of the vendors present had, indeed, applied for permits prior to this raid — but the permits had yet to be approved. In short, the officers previously warned permits would be necessary — but they did not allow sufficient time for governmental permission slips to be granted before carrying through on threats to shut them down.

One woman pleaded with these officers of the peace not to take from under her the cooler filled with water and cans of pop she explained her family so desperately needed — but a female cop would not listen to reason. Eventually, the forlorn woman had no choice but to relent and allow the beverages and cooler to be seized.

“Look at what they’re doing,” Desiree Rojas, of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, can be heard narrating on video footage of the raid.

Rojas believes the obstreperous raid might have had more to do with the vendors’ nationalities — most speak Spanish and are Mexican — than with their lack of permits.

“It was embarrassing and humiliating,” she told local FOX40. “And I don’t think that the Mexican community deserves to be treated that way.”

But what Rojas added next speaks to the oppressive national political climate — and the fears so innately present in the minds of those food vendors and their clientele as to be inextricable from their utterly victimless crimes.

“We thought it was ICE.”

These otherwise law-abiding street vendors — most still waiting for the appropriate pieces of paper for which they applied — now must scramble to supplant the income that will be lost without the equipment necessary to run their businesses.

Without the coolers to keep beverages appropriately chilled or warmed, or the tables and chairs they provided for churchgoers to congregate over a meal, the vendors fear for their welfare and that they might have attracted the attention of immigration officials — if unnecessarily so.

Rojas emphasized most of these Sunday morning vendors would very much like to work within the confines of the law — whether that be through permitting or any other restrictions the State would impose — but had not been given sufficient time since being threatened with shutdown for permit applications to be granted.

Ironically-monikered peace officers claimed without elaborating or providing specific details on the video they’d received complaints — but the outpouring of support from the public and church communities, as well as outrage over the raid, did not evince any complainants relieved to see the picnicking quashed.

Rojas and members of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement will discuss the raid, its repercussions, and their concerns for the community stemming from the actions taken by police on Sunday.

“They literally instilled fear,” Rojas opined. “And right now, we’re conducting our own investigation.”

Obtaining a permit — which, for all intents and purposes, amounts to a permission slip from the State — can be a fraught and unnecessarily arduous procedure, depending on one’s location in the U.S. and the subject matter in question.

Frequently, the State offers no leniency in the matter, making the process of getting a permit a patience-testing exercise at best — add extenuating circumstances, and obtaining a permit becomes a Herculean task.

For instance, last August, Louisiana experienced torrential downpours and widespread flooding so damaging, scores of home- and business owners had no choice but to rebuild from scratch. That seemingly simple solution — starting over — soon turned into laborious hoop-jumping in order to satisfy permitting requirements the State had previously imposed.

No latitude was offered flood victims when it came time for construction to begin — permits, the State essentially demanded, are permits — even if high water left victims without shelter. As Baton Rouge building official Justin Dupuy noted at the time,

“We haven’t suspended any of our requirements for permitting.”

Then, in September, another prime example of the absurd intersection between logic and the overcriminalization of daily life reared its head, when a little girl did what little girls have done throughout time immemorial — she set up a lemonade stand.

‘Not so fast,’ the State said — ‘you need a permit,’ which would have cost her $200, ‘and your stand must be up to code,’ which would have entailed $3,500 to bring this neighborhood refreshment station into compliance.

At the height of Pokemon Go hysteria, several local governments even sought to force permitting restrictions on players.

From diligent street vendors offering tasty bites to kids’ offering family-recipe lemonade to parched passersby, one thing has been made abundantly clear — permitting is out of control.

Permits are the government’s way of bilking people of money under the petulant guise of public safety — but the truth about permitting is much simpler and infinitely less benign.

‘You aren’t allowed to profit unless I get my cut,’ is what the State really says when Mexican food vendors, flood victims, little girls, and countless others receive fines and tickets — or have their possessions confiscated — due only to lack of permit.

That the Sacramento food vendors didn’t shirk legal responsibilities and had applied for the necessary permits when cops seized their wares again proves the issue has little to do with the permit, itself, and everything to do with an unreasonable government running roughshod on all of us.

If you still aren’t convinced, just ask the guy who volunteered free hugs to subway riders in November — for which the State slapped him with a $101 ticket.

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Claire Bernish began writing as an independent, investigative journalist in 2015, with works published and republished around the world. Not one to hold back, Claire’s particular areas of interest include U.S. foreign policy, analysis of international affairs, and everything pertaining to transparency and thwarting censorship. To keep up with the latest uncensored news, follow her on Facebook or Twitter: @Subversive_Pen.
  • cbanalyst

    The raid, could only be called, Disgusting. What is more disgusting is that someone in authority, supposedly intelligent,actually authorized it.

    It leaves us to wonder what our beloved country is becoming?

  • The Cat’s Vagina

    One woman pleaded with these officers of the peace not to take from under her the cooler filled with water and cans of pop she explained her family so desperately needed — but a female cop would not listen to reason.

    Not to sound shitty and unsympathetic but if her family “so desperately needed” those drinks, why were they being sold? That being said, this raid was a bunch of jackbooted bullshit! They could JUST AS EASILY have ordered them to shut it down and issued court summons, but they wanted to make a “show of force.” Confiscating and destroying their property borders on illegal theft since permits are a civil matter and not subject to the same procedures and tactics as criminal behavior.

    • D P

      She needed them to sell, to make money for her family. That is what was meant.

      • The Cat’s Vagina

        I’m sure you’re right. Either way, they had no right to take them, because permits are a civil issue. Civil law is different than criminal law, and one of those differences is (or damn well should be) that there’s no “show of force” unless someone is (unambiguously) showing their ass about it. Even then, they’re simply arrested.

        The victims of this jackbootery should see if there’s a lawyer somewhere who will help them contest the legality of this wanton theft. They did this out of SPITE, nothing more!

        • William Keen

          Public servants have NO RIGHTS! EVER! All that they ever can have is AUTHORITY to enforce the law.

          When we the people learn that common law is the law of the people and that statutes/ordinances are Rules for Employees, things will change.

          The New World Order agenda is based on the military/POLICE taking total control over everything and everyone. That is why police are being inculcated in Might vs Right and the written law is ignored.

          It looks like every public officer should be tried for treason and then HUNG! Do NOT put them in prison and then pay for their upkeep forever! Anyone who has taken an OATH and then deliberately violated it can never be trusted in public again. Your kids lives would be at stake (as has been proven over the last few years).

          • As Bush 41 said, a nwo based on the rule of law…

          • Zackknowitall

            Only things that should ever be illegal are crimes that have a victim or the potential for one. Such as DUI or others things could cause a victim to exist.

        • Zackknowitall

          Correct it is civil like when the city sure a person for not wearing a seat belt. Maybe one day a victim of the police state will look at a jury and ask why are they suing me over a seat belt when I have no contract with them.?

    • Zackknowitall

      I agree. This raid was not about public safety instead it was a result of the governments thrist of tax dollars.

      Sealed bottle of water and cans of soda pose no risk to the public which is the reason getting health permits. The only risks was the government getting their cut in fees and taxes which come when apply from the permit.

      • RJ O’Guillory

        …if there was a complaint…(which I doubt)…it most likely was initiated by the local 7-11 manager or Quick-Stop like Mom & Pop who were losing sales on that day.
        RJ O’Guillory

  • TOPDOG1

    The Authoritarians offer only subjugation and intensive micro-management by all forms of government. They all demand immediate and blind obedience and extortion level tribute in the form of excessive over-taxation and countless other hidden fees and fines for doing any form of business. . The tax payer is no more than subjugated working stock to support their massive corporate police state. capable only of loud but fierce bleating..I ‘for one’ will fight to the death to resist them. By retreating we can surround and overcome them. They can not be overcome with force and weapons but they can and will be brought down.

    • Heretic Jones

      Well said. If, en masse, the people would stop funding their own oppression… I guess anyone known to be organizing such an effort gets suicided.

      And these permits, my goodness. A permit or license is a freedom that has been taken from a person who is then forced to purchase that freedom from those who have taken it – on an annual basis no less. Exercising this extorted freedom is then allowed only on the condition that a person complies with onerous regulations. When will enough be enough? I resist.

  • John Karroum

    where was this raid conducted? I want to write a letter to them and a letter to the state for this dispicable act. F

    • Bud

      Sacramento’s Southside Park, where they have long made food and beverages available to the public and attendees of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

      Addresses can probably be found online.

    • Zackknowitall

      Making a phone call is better

  • Mace

    The Gov permission slip is ridiculous.
    The officers executing the confiscation are pathetic automatons.

    That said, the warning had been given: Get a permit or we will shut you down.
    The warning wasn’t: Apply for a permit or we will shut you down.
    Continuing to operate while the permit was pending, was folly.

    • William Keen

      Where is the confiscation order?
      NOTHING can be ‘taken’ without a court order from a magistrate who THEN must look into the facts to determine the truth of the accusations!

      • Mace

        I agree.

  • chrismalllory

    The “Mexican Community” should be back in Mexico.

    • They’re fighting back in Chicago today… if you’re planning on white people organizing, it’s going to be awhile.

    • Bud

      There are people of Mexican heritage who are U.S. citizens and legal residents. Of course, people in those categories would not be afraid of ICE.

  • Don Unruh

    Protecting and Serving.

  • jymm

    I am waiting for my permit to apply for permits.

  • Ibcamn

    cops are all cowards,they only prey upon the weak to make money,cops are pussys thieves and liars,on top of many many other things…cowards behind the badge….pathetic cowards.

  • WeAreYourGods

    Bullies with badges. They could have easily just made everybody pack it up and leave, but they wanted to inflict some pain by taking the food and drinks, coolers, etc. The lack of respect for people’s humanity is clear when things like this happen.

    • Either you have a permit, or you don’t. No permit means don’t be there breaking the law. The lack of respect for the law is clear when things like this happen, and so something has to be done about it. Perhaps they will get back what they lost after they have their day in court, and explain to the judge why it is that they were there willfully breaking the law.

      • rb s

        Your a fucking dumbass fuking extortionist sympathiser bet you push all those laced unproven drugs so you get your cut from the pharmakillers.
        Your a fucking scumbag

  • unreconstructed_confederate

    Sometimes cities go overboard on this permit BS. Like when they shutdown kids operating lemonade stands on their front lawns. The idea of requiring street vendor permits is just another way of taxing people and limiting competition to brick and mortar establishments. Nevertheless those businesses do pay taxes. In this case the street vendors they were warned that they needed permits. As immigrants (some probably illegal) they need to understand that how they did it in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras etc is not how it’s done in the USA. They should go pay the tax, get the permit and go back to selling. Now whether or not they collect sales tax etc. is another matter. F*ck the state.

  • Zackknowitall

    I like how the cop deflects by saying “they” will come take your stuff. When he should have said “I or We”

  • Mother Earth

    These must be the bad hombre’s that I’ve heard about”

  • don sheets

    I see idiots yapping about the ” LAW”, What “LAW” are you talking about?We operate under statues and codes that are law only if we consent as they are unconstitutional . Enforcement of statues and codes is both immoral and corrupt And stupid peeholes who perceive them to be laws are contributing to the abuse of the men in this country through ignorance.

  • Duhh

    IF THEY ARE ILLEGALS then I can understand, but if not, those cops are psychopaths

  • Guy

    If you are concerned about it. Go tell Governor *Moon Beam Jerry Brown* all about how he is hurting the ones he loves the most, his voters He’s right there in Sacramento where this happened, being just down the street and around the block in his Governor’s Manson !

    That is if he ain’t too busy to listen to you, while he is helping the taxpayers out of the money he is stealing from em, to pay for the road improvement, we allready payed for, with his highest in the Nation Gas and Car Registration fees and taxes. Or ramming down the throats, his twin tunnels water around the delta scheme, so the rich Saudi Arab landowners in the California Deserts can grow hay, and ship it back home for their horses in Saudi Arabia. Or maybe he has become tone death, because he is thinking about how he can put over every body his plans for the Cho-Cho Train To No Where and pay for it out of our pockets ! Yep ol Jerry is real busy this year, planning what he can get done, since he is now a lame duck !

    Food for the hungry, oh hell with that, they need a permit, let them eat cake !

  • PJ London

    And these wonderful public servants wonder why some people are so upset that they decide to shoot public servants.
    Even when you try to comply (with permits) the state deliberately delays and obfuscates to ensure that you have no chance. Fines are far more profitable than permit fees.
    If my child was hungry because some thug stole my goods and I had no other means of earning food for them, there would be bodies.

  • rb s

    disgusting.