Overton police chief Clyde Carter
Cops Raid Little Girls’ “Illegal” Lemonade Stand, Shut it Down for Operating Without a Permit
By Matt Agorist
Tyler, TX — Last week, police in Texas heroically saved the town from likes of two young girls who attempted to open a black market lemonade stand. The girls, one 7-year-old and one 8-year-old, dared to try to raise money to buy a Father’s day present for their dad by setting up a lemonade stand in their neighborhood.
Andria and Zoey Green told ABC affiliate KLTV they were trying to raise about $100 for a Father’s Day present. They wanted to take him to Splash Kingdom.
Over the weekend, the two young entrepreneurs took to the streets with their delicious batch of homemade lemonade and began to provide willing customers with their product. Only one hour into their business endeavour, these girls had raised 25% of their goal.
However, their cash cow would be shut down not long after it started. Overton police chief Clyde Carter showed up along with the city code enforcer and shutdown their criminal operation.
The girls had violated Texas House Bill 970, or the Texas Baker’s Bill, which does not allow the sale of food that needs time or temperature control to prevent it from spoiling. Since the lemonade would eventually grow mold after being left out for days, police said they needed an inspection from the health department and a permit to sell it and deemed their operation “illegal.”
The cost of the permit is $150 dollars.
“It is a lemonade stand, but they also have a permit that they are required to get,” Chief Carter said.
“I think that’s ridiculous. I think they’re 7 and 8, and they’re just trying to make money for their own cause,” said Sandi Evans, the girls’ mother.
The most absurd aspect of this ordeal is that the police know it’s a ridiculous law. However, they said ridiculous or not, it’s the law and they’ll keep enforcing it.
“We have to follow by the state health guidelines,” said Carter. “They have to have a permit if they’re going to do the lemonade stands.”
Police officers can certainly use discretion and choose not to “enforce” this law for use in such an asinine application. The fact that these girls had their good intentions ruined by those who claim to protect them speaks to the level of discontent with law enforcement in America today.
The heartening side to this story is that these young girls are now learning to bypass this tyrannical system of bureaucratic nonsense. The girls said they will be setting up their lemonade stand again this weekend. Instead of selling it though, they will be giving it away, but they will gladly be accepting donations.
Hopefully next week, we aren’t reading the story of these two Texas girls being raided by the IRS for tax evasion on their lemonade donations. But in today’s police state USA, it would be entirely expected.
You’re having an argument on the phone with your spouse. You are agitated. You take out a gun and kill an unarmed man with his hands in the air. Four witnesses saw you do it.
YOU ARE NEVER ARRESTED FOR THE KILLING AND FOR 17 MONTHS THE POLICE REFUSE TO RELASE YOUR NAME TO THE PUBLIC.
It will take the power of US Senator from outside your state to get the police to act on the killing you committed and even with that the cops withhold information on the case.
You get to keep your job but they send you home for two years….WITH PAY.
The incompetent and corrupt States Attorney holds off on opening the case for two years.
YOU THINK YOU’D BE GIVEN THIS SORT OF TREATMENT?
WELCOME TO FAIRFAX COUNTY!
Fairfax prosecutors summon witnesses in John Geer police shooting
By Tom Jackman June 10 at 7:00 PM
A special grand jury to investigate the Fairfax County police shooting of an unarmed man nearly two years ago has been empaneled and prosecutors have begun summoning witnesses to testify beginning next month, witnesses and the county’s top prosecutor said Wednesday.
John Geer, 46, was standing in the doorway of his Springfield townhouse on Aug. 29, 2013, when he was shot once in the chest by Officer Adam D. Torres while four other officers stood nearby. According to police reports, Torres claimed that Geer had jerked his hands down to his waist, but the other officers — as well as Geer’s father and best friend — said his hands were near his head.
No decision has been made on whether to charge Torres, 32, a nine-year veteran who remains on administrative duty. His attorney, John Carroll, did not return a call Wednesday seeking comment.
Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh said Wednesday that the special grand jury was selected by a circuit court judge this month without the prosecution’s involvement. State law requires the grand jury to have between seven and 11 members, each individually questioned and qualified by a judge.
Morrogh said that prosecutors had subpoenaed about 20 witnesses and that the grand jury will begin hearing testimony for four days beginning July 27. Two additional days, in early August, will be added if jurors seek more information.
The prosecutor could not disclose who had been subpoenaed, and it was not clear how many Fairfax police officers will be called to testify.
Geer’s father, Donald Geer, and Geer’s best friend, Jeff Stewart, said they received personal visits Tuesday from Fairfax homicide detective John Farrell, the lead investigator in the case, serving them with subpoenas. Stewart said he might be one of the first witnesses to testify so he can provide biographical details about Geer, a self-employed kitchen contractor, and because he spoke to Geer that day and witnessed the shooting from about 70 yards away.
Donald Geer, who met with Farrell several weeks ago, said it was his first contact with Fairfax police since shortly after the killing. “As far as the county is concerned,” Geer said, “I don’t exist, up until the past few weeks.”
Geer said the grand jury investigation was “a year and a half too late. By the time the grand jury comes up with something, it will have been two years.”
Although there have been no charges, the county agreed to pay $2.95 million to Geer’s two teenage daughters to settle their wrongful-death civil suit. Michael Lieberman, the family’s attorney, said the formation of a grand jury and the issuing of subpoenas were “a positive sign that justice may be done in this case. The family’s been waiting a long time.”
The incident began when Geer’s girlfriend of 24 years, Maura Harrington, told him that she signed a lease on an apartment and was moving out, finalizing a breakup they had discussed for some time, Harrington said. Geer responded by throwing Harrington’s belongings onto the front yard of their home on Pebble Brook Court. When Harrington came home and could not stop Geer from tearing up their house, she called 911.
Torres and Officer David Neil were dispatched, and Geer showed them a holstered handgun, which he placed at his feet. Rodney Barnes, a patrol officer who is also a trained negotiator, then arrived to speak to Geer. Over the next 40 minutes, he could not persuade Geer to come out from behind his screen door, where he was standing with his hands on top of the frame, police and witness statements reveal. Other officers surrounded the scene.
Suddenly, Torres fired once. Geer spun, closed the front door and fell behind it. Barnes radioed that he heard movement inside, reports show, and police waited an hour before rendering aid. Geer was dead just behind the front door.
Although Torres said that Geer had lowered his hands as if reaching for another gun, three officers close to Torres and another just up the street said that Geer’s hands were around his head and not moving toward his waist.
Presented with this information in November 2013, Morrogh asked to see prior internal-affairs cases involving Torres. Fairfax Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. refused to provide them, records reveal. In January 2014, Morrogh sent the case to the Justice Department so federal prosecutors could obtain the files. The Justice Department has taken no public steps on the case since then.
In February, after the internal-affairs files were provided to Geer’s family and to Morrogh, Morrogh said he would not wait for the Justice Department and would request a special grand jury. Fairfax prosecutors have used special grand juries infrequently, and no Fairfax officer has ever been charged in an on-duty shooting.
Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.
More bad press for Fairfax County....thank you board of supervisors for fearing the police department
There’s much to like in a recent agreement between Montgomery and Howard counties to investigate police-related deaths in each other’s jurisdictions.
If someone dies in the custody of, or during an interaction with, a Montgomery County police officer, the Howard County state’s attorney’s office will review the evidence and decide whether criminal charges are appropriate. Montgomery County’s prosecutor’s office will do the same for Howard County cases.
It’s a promising sign that both counties are striving to be fair and accountable when scrutiny is needed. This especially matters because police-related deaths across the country — in Ferguson, Mo.; New York City; North Charleston, S.C.; Baltimore city; and other areas — have sparked public outrage.
In some cases, there have been strong feelings in the community that officers should have been held criminally responsible for a death, but weren’t.
It’s common practice for a police department, when faced with allegations against one of its own employees, to have a neighboring agency investigate. However, Montgomery and Howard prosecutors say their evidence-review agreement is the first of its kind in Maryland.
Jaded critics could write off this extra step as meaningless symbolism, convinced that police and prosecutors work closely enough that they will watch out for each other, no matter the jurisdiction.
Then we see otherwise, such as when the state’s attorney in Baltimore filed criminal charges against six officers for the death of Freddie Gray. The skepticism that the fix is in isn’t universally justified.
Police work can be remarkably difficult and fraught with grave life-and-death decisions. Sometimes, killing one person to protect the lives of others is understandable.
According to a Washington Post report about a May 19 encounter in Arlington, Va., a man with a metal pole threatened officers responding to a call about a disturbance. An officer tried to use a Taser, but it didn’t work at first, and the man hit the officer in the face with the pole. The officer tried again to use the Taser and ended up hitting a second officer instead.
When the man swung the metal pole again, the officer shot him three times in his upper body, killing him, the Post wrote, based on the latest information from police. If this account holds true, it’s an example of a split-second decision about the use of deadly force.
If deadly violence isn’t justified, a police officer should be held accountable, too, just as anyone else would.
Montgomery County already has a pending investigation that Howard County will review — the May 12 death of Dajuan Graham, 40, of Burtonsville.
On May 10, Graham was seen acting erratically in the Briggs Chaney area, according to police. When a woman tried to get Graham to stop walking in the roadway of Castle Boulevard, he punched the woman in the face, police said. Observers suspected that Graham was under the influence of PCP.
Graham reportedly ignored multiple orders by police to take his hands out of his pockets. An officer then shocked Graham with a Taser. Graham fell down and was taken to a hospital, where he later assaulted an officer and security staff, according to police. Two days later, he died.
Montgomery County police have been open with information about what happened and the officers who were involved.
That’s a sharp contrast to inexcusable secrecy from the police department in Fairfax County, Va., after an officer there shot and killed a man who had his hands up during a call in 2013, according to police records reported by The Washington Post. It took a court order to force the police department to release details of the call, including the officer’s name, 17 months later. The county has settled a wrongful death suit with the victim’s family, the Post reported.
Montgomery County police and prosecutors have demonstrated that they can be transparent and straightforward in handling cases of police-related deaths, giving the community reason to have faith in their impartiality and professionalism. The reciprocal agreement with Howard County enhances that reputation.