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WATCH: Cops Raid Charity, Arrest 7 Volunteers for Feeding the Homeless

Tampa, FL — When feeding willing hungry people becomes illegal, that is a telling sign of a bureaucratic police state. And, in the ostensible Land of the Free, the enforcers of such arbitrary and cruel laws have no problem kidnapping and locking people in a cage for helping those in need. In fact, it happens on a regular basis.

The most recent case of police cracking down on caring people who dared to give organic rice and beans to the hungry happened over the weekend in Tampa.

Members of the charitable group Food Not Bombs gathered Saturday afternoon to hand out hot coffee and bagels to Tampa’s homeless community. However, their good deed was thwarted by police who quickly arrested seven of the people serving the food and one homeless man who dared grab a bagel from the table after cops ordered everyone to stop eating.

The entire horrendous deprivation of liberty was streamed live to Facebook by Erin Sauer. It’s nothing short of infuriatingly asinine.

Why would a dozen cops descend on a group of volunteers donating their own food to willing people who need it? Well, Food not Bombs failed to pay the extortion fee to the city in the form of a permit.

Food not Bombs is not some fly by night charity looking to rustle feathers by ‘illegally’ distributing food the homeless. The group sets up to feed the homeless at least twice a week — so obtaining a permit and purchasing the city-required insurance policy is too pricey to be sustainable.

When kind-hearted people don’t have a limitless supply of money to grease the statist skids and pay their extortion fees to remove all the red tape — they become outlaws.

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The good news is that the group is made up of brave people who are unafraid to disobey unjust laws. In an email to CL Tampa, a spokesperson for the group noted that Food not Bombs “has no plans to stop sharing food with the homeless and hungry and will continue to defy unjust laws that criminalize compassion and mutual aid.”

Unfortunately, in the land of the free, feeding the homeless has become a revolutionary act. Cities across the country are cracking down on good people like those at Food not Bombs who simply want to feed the needy.

Last December, the Dallas, Texas city council enacted Ordinance No. 29595, which makes it illegal to serve food to the homeless without jumping through a statist myriad of bureaucratic hoops, including a fee, training classes, and written notices.

However, the folks over at the aptly named organization Don’t Comply acted in a similarly brave manner as Food not Bombs, and took to the streets just outside the Austin Street Shelter in Dallas. However, the members of Don’t Comply had guns. They were not shut down and the group successfully fed thousands of homeless people.

“We intend to expose the city’s cruelty in the face of thousands in our community who are struggling with issues of food insecurity, mental and medical health issues, poverty, and homelessness,” a spokesperson for Food not Bombs said in an email according to CL Tampa. “If the city will not address these problems, the least they can do is not get in the way and stop others from addressing these needs. Compassion should never be criminalized.

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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. and now on Steemit
  • Phil Freeman

    The great write of quo waranto can disolve the city’s charter, which effectively stops all finance and services. Food Not Bombs legal counsel should examine its uses.

    • doucyet

      Exactly! The fight is with city hall, not with the street cop. The battles are won on an intellectual level which leaves out the guy that’s “just doing his job”. Change the laws! Get petitions signed, write letters……….unless you simply enjoy jailhouse food.

      • bdj1

        The street cops only follow orders, just like hitlers soldiers. It’s not their fault.

        • doucyet

          Be it a comparison, it’s a stretch at best. Soldiers follow orders, police enforce the law. You want to place fault on someone? How about the guy that wrote the law or verbalized the orders. It’s so much easier to blame the guy on the street though, then you don’t have to get involved to make a change!

    • GaryL

      So, when is someone going to assemble and present a Quo Warranto action against the lawmakers that legislated that sanction?

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  • Blaine

    Florida doesn’t want the homeless to be fed, they might stick around instead of leaving for other states.

  • SATruther

    Great to see this and the many other stories that MSM fails to cover. Would like to share via social media, but know that language like “grease the statist skids and pay their extortion fees,” “horrendous deprivation,” and “infuriatingly asinine” would only alienate the moderates I know who might otherwise be sympathetic. Exposing MSM’s lies, cover ups and story blackouts without being histrionic will win more readers over to our way of thinking..

  • Liz O’neill

    these so called officers of the law are lower than a snakes belly, they have NO HONOUR, I bet there kids are soooo proud of them.

    • Dave Johnston

      They have a job to do. Unfortunately their job pisses a lot of people off because they have to follow the law. The law states it is illegal, therefore they have to arrest them. The law is stupid and unjust, but to make a comment like that just because they did their jobs, show us what kind of person you are.

      • David Hall

        You retard, sure they have a job to do and their oath also says they can refuse to obey an unjust law. They will not fire a cop for refusing to arrest these people feeding the homeless. I know first hand so bullshit you know better!

        • Dave Johnston

          Cops have been released for not following the law. Give your head a shake if you think they haven’t. First hand huh. Ok

  • doucyet

    Pay the extortion fees while fighting to change the laws, fighting the cops will only get you arrested. I used to go to various parks back in the day to feed homeless folks before it was outlawed. We live in a different world today, no doubt about! But we have dropped the ball! We have allowed these politicians and bureaucrats to write these restrictive, contemptuous laws while we watched football, then dare scream about the results! It’s what they do……restrict! All day, every day, all year long. Throw out the damn TV and watch your government……………

  • FreemanAmerica

    This is sad…This is what we have become?.. I am ashamed of these Police officers and the city they work for..

  • Hosea Mcadoo

    We are watching a Country die before our eyes.

  • al

    they’re gonna be charged with “eating in public” LOL

  • Ibcamn

    maybe these people should just have a picnic and invite their homeless friends…….fucktard cops,what a bunch of criminals cops are.

  • Steve Rusk

    This hypocrisy should even shock some of the hypocrites.

  • Blaine

    There are municipalities in Fla and plenty in other states who will give the homeless a one way bus ticket elsewhere before they’ll give them any substantive help. Fla is the worst of them, people actually leave there medically malnourished. Then show up in NYS in January with no coat or boots, some have never even seen snow before in person.

    Its amazing. Not to bash conservatives, but many I have spoken with use the argument that its better to let charities help the poor and homeless rather then waste the taxpayer’s money. They leave out the part where you then pass laws to prevent charities from helping the poor and homeless.

  • Sean Meehan

    I object to their mission being characterized as “feeding the homeless”, because what they really appear to be doing is “feeding the homeless next to a large banner calling attention to their cause”. Not that I object to eating or not being hungry, but if that is your primary goal, take lessons from people who make extra-legal exchanges on the regular.

    Surreptitiously leave unmarked packages of nutritious comestibles in the proximity of people in apparent need. Stake out “corners” where lunch bags can be handed off to needy passersby, with “lookouts” and “burner phones” to communicate locations of police patrols. Establish clandestine dens where hungry junk-foodies can gorge on leftovers then pass out for hours of satiety on clean mattresses. Drug dealers don’t make banners. Drug dealers have cool aliases, like “Uglyfruit Joe” and “Dumpster Diver Dave”. Food fights with rival organizations are a waste and leave pulp in the streets.