Saturday, April 3, 2010

Texas Family Torn Apart In Targeted Political Payback

Barry Cooper’s arrest warrant

I have obtained a copy of Williamson County’s arrest warrant affidavit, concerning Barry Cooper’s allegedly false police report, placed in the process of trying to catch a police officer stealing money. Images of the first two pages are below this text; click them for larger versions. A PDF of all three pages is available here.

What Williamson County is saying in these documents is that Barry Cooper did not make the false report in his failed Florence, Texas sting operation — someone else did, but Cooper influenced it. According to the warrant, someone self-identified as “Ted Smith” made the report, but Barry’s voice was discernible in the background. Because of this, Barry was arrested and police invaded his home, taking his family’s computers, phones and other digital media — including their DVDs and his wife’s iPod.

Williamson County’s reasoning here is that if someone makes a false police report, police have the authority to arrest anyone whose voice they can identify in the background, AND search their home.

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Former drug officer launches 'KopBusters' TV show

Stephen C. Webster
Published: Saturday December 6, 2008

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Welcome Digg readers! A follow-up with raw footage from 'KopBusters' first sting has been posted here.

Barry Cooper, a former Texas police officer with eight years of specialty in drug interdiction, first made waves when he released the film "Never Get Busted Again," a how-to guide for evading police drug seizures.

Austin, Texas-based Cooper's latest project is not nearly so benign, and will likely generate for the former drug warrior an army of enemies in law enforcement.

'KopBusters' is a reality TV program that aims to sink crooked officers.

"KopBusters rented a house in Odessa, Texas and began growing two small Christmas trees under a grow light similar to those used for growing marijuana," claims a release from "When faced with a suspected marijuana grow, the police usually use illegal FLIR cameras and/or lie on the search warrant affidavit claiming they have probable cause to raid the house. Instead of conducting a proper investigation which usually leads to no probable cause, the Kops lie on the affidavit claiming a confidential informant saw the plants and/or the police could smell marijuana coming from the suspected house."

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