As the government begins to encroach on personal choices, seemingly almost daily, under the guise of desiring to promote healthier citizens, a report out today seems to contradict this. NaturalNews.com reported on the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma destroying a private citizens entire garden containing over 100 varieties of edible and medicinal plants.
It appears to be more about control than health and well being. Denise Morrison, owner of a once beautiful and healthy garden was ordered to remove all of her plants to comply with city codes, stating that some of her plant life was in excess of 12 inches. According to their own codes under Ordinances titled Nuisances Classified, it reads: plants exceeding twelve inches in height are permitted as long as they are healthy trees, shrubs or produce for human consumption grown in a tended and cultivated garden.
Denise responded to the notices with photos of her garden and endeavored to express that based on the codes she looked up, that she was in compliance, but they refused to have a genuine conversation with her and insisted she get in compliance or face fines. Their lack of concern for her rights, prompted Denise to contact the police, who issued an order to have the issue worked out in court.
The overzealous city code officials, trespassed on her private property, ignored the citation for a court hearing and destroyed her entire garden. As one of the approximate 18 million Americans out of work, Denise depended on this garden as her food, as well as medicinal plants to help her with health issues such as Diabetes, Arthritis and high blood pressure, since without work and insurance she could not afford any pharmaceutical medicines for treatment.
KOTV was the first media outlet to report on this illegal invasion of private property, and subsequent reports followed including one from NaturalNews.com on June 19. Due to the destruction of her property and livelihood, Denise has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city for tyrany against her and destruction of her personal property. She has also received encouraging support from change.org where they have a petition you can sign demanding the City of Tulsa replant her garden, compensate her for all losses and appologize to her for their illegal activities against her personally.
In addition there have been other citizens who have experienced similar tyranical acts against them in New Hampshire and Missouri. Although it is important that people steward their land well, let us remember that it is private property and should be treated as such. As a side note in Joanna South Carolina, the Laurens County Building Codes Department has just issued several notices on property that is not currently occupied or abandoned, stating that the property owners are in violation of the International Property Maintenance Code section 302.4 which deals with overgrowth of plant life. Therefore with locals already feeling they have unlimited power and the ability to cite International Codes as well, Americans rights are rapidly slipping away.