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Cops & CPS Seize Child From Drug Reform Activist Parents

By Decstar, Apr 5, 2010 | Updated: Apr 6, 2010 | | |
  1. Decstar
    Cops & CPS Seize Child From Parents For Mistrusting Government
    Williamson County police deem parents “unsuitable” for teaching kids government is out to harm them


    A family in Williamson County, Austin have lost custody of their 7-year-old son as part of a Child Protective Services investigation because the parents taught their children to mistrust the government, an action that deemed them to be “unsuitable parents,” according to charges leveled by police officers in CPS documents.

    Drug reform activist filmmakers Barry and Candi Cooper recently had their home raided and searched by police after authorities claimed Cooper’s voice had been heard in the background of an allegedly false police report.

    “Once in the couple’s home, officers discovered a small amount of marijuana and charged the Coopers with Class B misdemeanors, resulting in both their arrests. Each immediately bonded out of jail and paid a small fine. Days later, while Candi’s youngest son was visiting his father in east Texas, Child Protective Services contacted the Coopers, revealing that the incident could cost them not only custody of the boy, but also their freedom on felony child endangerment charges,” writes Stephen C. Webster of True Slant, who has been following the case.

    On page five of the CPS case report, police level the shocking claim that the Coopers are “unsuitable parents” because they teach their children “the government is out to harm them”.

    On page six of the report, police accuse the Coopers of being “aggressive to authority” because they will not allow government employees to enter their house without a court order.
    Despite Travis County Deputy District Attorney Dayna Blazey declaring the Coopers to be fit parents, whose children are healthy, happy and “well cared for,” and stating that the kids were not at risk, Williamson County police claim the Coopers allow their children and their friends to use drugs in the house.

    Ominously, police also characterize the Coopers educating their children that the drug war is evil as an act of ‘mental abuse’.

    “In another completely dumbfounding, ironic entry, Sgt. Gary Haston of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department — the officer whose testimony appears on the original search warrant affidavit — actually claims he observed the children “crying for no reason” as armed officers invaded their home,” writes Webster. [Emphasis added.]

    “He also claims that Barry “hates” his father and does not believe in church, as though this information would somehow be relevant to the CPS agents.”

    The real reason Barry Cooper, a former police officer and Drug Enforcement Agent, is being targeted undoubtedly relates to his work in catching police engaged in corruption and other criminal activity, specifically relating to the drug war. Cooper is the man behind the hit underground DVD, Never Get Busted Again, which teaches people how to react to police oppression and has appeared on the Alex Jones Show to discuss his work on several occasions.

    Cooper dedicated a recent You Tube video featuring him and his wife to their son, in which they discussed the raid and the attempt to seize 7-year-old Zach.

    “In my 19 years of experience with criminal defense matters, a search warrant for a misdemeanor charge is certainly unusual,” wrote Minnesota attorney Maury D. Beaulier, who had no prior knowledge of the Coopers’ case. “It indicates to me that this is a targeted investigation. It may be targeted because it is believed to be a part of a greater crime or conspiracy, or, perhaps, because there are political motivations at work.”

    The Coopers were unsuccessful in re-obtaining custody of their son at a court appearance on Tuesday. 7-year-old Zachary is currently under the care of his father, who has never previously had custody of the child, and Barry has been barred from any contact with him whatsoever. The Coopers face losing custody of their child entirely.

    “I just don’t know what I’ll do if we lose Zach,” Barry said. “That would be the most horrible thing to ever happen to me in my entire life.”

    Apparently, police now believe that parents who teach their children not to trust the government, something the founding fathers encouraged, should have their kids seized by the CPS.

    This frightening new level of thought police tyranny outstrips anything we witnessed in the darkest days of Nazi Germany of Soviet Russia.

    Paul Joseph Watson
    Prison Planet
    Friday, April 2, 2010



  1. chillinwill
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  2. Terrapinzflyer
    Ironic as they also state he is no longer a police officer himself for stealing drugs when he was a cop. And his "busting cops for illegal activity" seems to consist of placing a bag of money and unused crack pipes in public and calling in a suspicious package- and raising a stink if they don't get turned in properly... Sounds rather juvenille...

    The CPS reports also state he allows his 7 and 14yo children to smoke marijuana and has publically encouraged other children to do so?

    Quite frankly- the guy seems like an idiot, to be polite, and certainly not a charachter who is doing the legalization movement any favors.
  3. Decstar
    The evidence that the CPS report is based on is that they found a photo of their 17year old daughter (who does not live with them) smoking a 'marijuana' cigarette in their home. A 17year old is considered an adult in the State of Texas and so she is responsible for her own actions. Anyhow, it was only tobacco she was smoking in the photo. If you have any evidence to support this allegation, please be forthcoming.

    I have watched his videos and I have never heard him encourage children to smoke marijuana. I have only ever heard him tell the truth about the drug and how to avoid being prosecuted for what he and many of us here see as an unjust law. Again, if you have any evidence to the contrary, I would like to see it.
  4. Terrapinzflyer
    ^^ I was just pointing out what the CPS report actually says- not giving the one sided story of this "news article", that borders on the same one sided ignoring of facts that don't support their agenda so common to the other side of the drug war.

    I was also stating my opinion that from the facts presented, and limited research on the matter, that these people aren't worthy of the martyrdom they're striving for, and do not do a good job of representing the cause of legalization.

    I also have a hard time with someone credited with over 800 drug arrests during the law enforcement career. They just give me the heebie-jeebies - they reek of self interest more then something deeper....
  5. Decstar
    They reproduced the CPS report in full at the end of the article; how could they have been more fair?
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