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.

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  • MMN

    This is George Orwell’s 1984 bull$%#@$, what is right is wrong and what is wrong is right!!! How dare the cops think they have a right to interfere with a group sharing a meal. What a bunch of loser meglomaniacs. This is beyond acceptable.
    Do a citizens arrest and throw them in jail.

  • brightconcerns

    trump and his revolutionary army of reformist republicans lets see what you can do

  • brightconcerns

    choices ! ok lose job ! mortgages ouch ok i for one will risk everything feeding starving people ! isnt that what it is supposed to be about

  • Joey888

    It is true that Jesus Himself said we would ALWAYS have the poor among us, but He also said that we should love our neighbor as ourselves. We can’t do that anymore, thanks to the politicians who only look out for themselves. There are consequences to us not obeying God’s Holy Word.

  • brightconcerns

    i know many police officers who gladly give their life in the line of duty why dont these officers tell their superiors to stick their badges up their asses

    • Cliffystones

      I’d suspect the majority of them would. But remember they have bills to pay like the rest of us. Some of them may not have wanted to hassle the volunteers, but were afraid to face “discipline”. That makes them every bit the victims that the homeless and volunteers were. The homeless people remember, have essentially nothing to lose. The volunteers are there by choice. The cops? They need to “follow orders”. I’m not saying that a cop would never stand up to the establishment, but consider the cop’s position. Is this a battle to pick? Is this worth losing my job over? Yes some of them are azzholes. But some, if not many, may find themselves “between a rock and a hard place”.

      • brightconcerns

        totally respect where you are coming from ! who says enough is enough ! i walked with my friend and neighbour a highly educated black man from south africa so the cops wouldnt lay hand on him while bashed me got an amazing punch in the back of my head made me feel like i was watching rather than being there! and for months i had shivers whenever i saw police

        • Cliffystones

          I’ve never understood that type of behavior. But azzholes like that cop, as well as those participating in the “knock-out game” need to be called out and held up as examples of what is really wrong in the world. Live and let live.

          • brightconcerns

            understanding behaviour weird science clearly you have a heart of gold please never let that go the more people keep their true belief in humanity the more chance there is

          • Millie Karnop

            How can they live with their conscience I wonder? Oh! liberals have no conscience..liberals should never be in a job requiring empathy and compassion for their fellow man.

        • Millie Karnop

          Thanks for helping this Negro and so sorry for the abuses..it is going to take a good governor and legislature to turn this crap around and that is what it is…crap. I do not like FL. governor..he has some good point but compassion is not one of them..he can and should do something …he cannot do everything but he can put out a proclamation or an ultimatum for abuse and this is what it comes down to.

      • MMN

        “bills to pay”? That is what the freakoids that helped banksters steal my house told me. So they sell their souls for working with the devil for a buck? No, that is pure evil. It is like Jesus being sold for 40 coins of silver. We all have our choices and they chose evil.

      • Millie Karnop

        There are ways around these types of laws…just have the majority of that force walk off the job…it will get results. Officers have to go to an academy to become eligible to be employed..that takes time

    • Millie Karnop

      Too many of our officers do not stop and think..they just act and react..parts of FL are very liberal and give not one dime of anyone else but themselves.

  • Kim Chul Soo

    This is truly a new sickening depth of our screwed up government.

    • Millie Karnop

      It truly is: Read and get sicker! It used to be that Wendy’s, I worked there, took their broken hamburger and potatoes that had been cooked too long and donated to the food kitchens that went on to feed the poor and homeless. Now, due to laws, which are as stupid as any that I have ever read, they are not allowed to do that; in Vegas, the Casinos did the same because a lot of their foods had to be turned every two to three hours..so they weren’t wasted, the food kitchens came and picked them up at the time they were asked to do so..can any of you phat om how much food goes into the dumpster each and every day froms casinos, restaurants, food markets, etc., It is over a billion dollars and day and do doubt double that in weight!