Williamson County, Texas police, irate over Kopbuster activists Barry and Candi Cooper, sic Child Protective Services on them.
Stephen Webster at True/Slant reports
Pot smoking moms and dads of America, pay attention: This
could happen to you too. Although the Coopers' case is a
bit more unusual than most and not all
Child Protective Services entanglements over marijuana will result in
children being taken or custody being modified, it can and does happen.
Zachary Johnston, 7, has cerebral palsy and exhibits the intelligence
of a four-year-old, according to Barry. He had been sent away for a
brief visit with his father, David, when the embattled activists were
paid a visit by Child Protective Services on Friday, March 18, they
"That's when they told us," Candi sobbed. "That's when we knew."
Because of Barry's recent misdemeanor arrest over allegations of a
false police report, Williamson County officers gained entry to the
couple's home and discovered a couple of marijuana cigarette butts
during their search, for which both husband and wife were charged in
Travis County. Police also took the Coopers' electronics and digital
media and managed to keep the former officer behind bars for over 48
Barry repeatedly insisted that Williamson County police reached out
to "instigate" the whole affair, tipping off Mr. Johnston's lawyer to a
potential opportunity for his client. I have not been able to confirm
this particular statement and it is entirely possible -- even likely --
that Mr. Johnston or his attorney heard about the arrests from other
I've known about this since the day it happened, but in the interest
of fairness and considering my lack of access to Mr. Johnston, I waited
until court documents became available before breaking this news.
Finally released, their text is enough to make just about any
liberal-minded parent cringe.
In the document, an affidavit in support of ex parte relief filed
with a court in Upshur
County, Texas, Mr. Johnston contends that because of Barry and
Candi's standing as nationally-known marijuana activists and their high
(no pun intended) level of comfort with the drug, they pose a danger to
Zachary. He cites articles on the duo's exploits published by Cannabis Culture and
Maxim, noting in
particular that when Barry and Candi met, she was his "pot dealer."
He also says: "The Coopers attend cannabis festivals and take Zachary
with them and other children that live in their household." Of course,
they adamantly deny this.