More details on that assault of a cow share agister near Edmonton by officials last week, via Michael Schmidt:
“October 26, 2010 Seizure of Milk Incident This is a revised version posted Nov. 2, 2010:
Judith arrived at church around 6:30 p.m. to attend bible study. Carl, a potential cow share buyer, approached the van as Judith was going around taking her 4 year old daughter, out of the van. Carl had called earlier to purchase milk and was informed by Judith that she does not sell milk but people purchase cows or cow shares and that they milk the people’s cows for them. He was told that she would not do this without him signing a cow share contract so he was meeting her on the pretense that he was interested in a cow share. While Carl was there three people walked up to the passenger’s slider door of the van. Judith recognized Greg G. Smith, Investigator and Inspector, Agriculture and Rural Development and took action to close the van door. Greg G. Smith pushed against Judith and stepped in to block the door closing. The men addressed Judith by name. One person took Carl off to the side. Greg introduced everyone to Judith and she asked for all their business cards (see attached for the cards produced). Judith was given two of Glenn’s business cards so the third person was not identified.
Judith informed them that her van was a private vehicle, that they had no jurisdiction over her. She stood in front of the slider door so they could not get in. The men were stating that “we know what you are doing, you are transporting milk, we are seizing the milk, you cannot stop us, our boss is really mad at you.” Greg is detaining Judith and constantly moving right into her face and stepping into her, blocking, jostling and bumping her around. “He was all over me.”
The van was running so they told her to shut the van off. Judith locked the door from the passenger side and walked around to the driver’s side and got in the van and went to pull the driver’s door shut. As she is getting in the vehicle Judith is stating her rights. When she went to close the door Greg put his body between the door and Judith and he grabbed the door and pulled it open to stop her from closing it. Greg grabbed Judith’s left forearm. Judith is yelling “don’t touch me, get your hands off me, I want the cops here, I have private rights.” There were six people that witnessed the yelling and the incident.
Judith was traumatized and coughing uncontrollably that she shut off the van and took her daughter Alyia out of the van. Alyia had been woken up by Judith and the men’s loud talking and she was crying. Greg told Judith to stop yelling because she was upsetting Alyia. Alyia had already woken up when they were on the passenger’s side and had been crying then.
As Judith got out of the vehicle with Alyia her muscles were pulled in her leg. Judith called to Robert and Lynda Scott as they were walking by on their way to start bible study. Judith told Robert to get Pastor Gerald and to call the police. She kept yelling for people to phone the police. Judith asked to take Alyia into the church where bible study was being held. Greg was right in her personal space “he was all over me, literally in my face, stepping right into me, bumping me with his shoulders to get into the van” until he realized that Judith knew people and she had witnesses then he backed off.
Judith pointed to the 8 ½ x 11 private vehicle sign on the passengers side front window. She was really coughing too much so she left and went into the church to get a drink and she had to use the washroom because of the violent coughing. She called for Pastor Gerald who was getting his shoes on and he went outside to talk to the men and police officers who had arrived by then. Judith tried to phone Eric but couldn’t get him. Gerald came back to find Judith and they went back out together and talked to the Constable Jonathan Compton. Judith told Constable Compton “they were assaulting me. He said “Do you have witnesses?” Judith said, “Yes, I have witnesses.” All he was concerned about was helping Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and Alberta Health Services get into the vehicle. The government officials were telling Judith “Open the vehicle or they were going to smash the windows or seize the vehicle.” Nobody listened to Judith even though she kept repeating herself but no one would listen to her. Gerald tried to talk but they were not listening. The government officials tried to give a piece of folded paper that said what they were doing but she was refusing to take it because she was standing on her rights. After the policeman advised her to take the paper so that she had some idea of what they were doing she accepted the paper.
They gave an ultimatum, “we will break your windows or seize your vehicle if you do not open the door.” They could not see any milk in the vehicle. Judith opened the van speaking out “I open the van in protest and distress. She repeated this numerous times. Constable Compton mocked Judith’s statement of protest and distress.” Judith opened the van and they took out her tithes and offerings that were to be given at the church service. Judith also handed copy of the cow-share contract to Glenn Jenkin, Environment Health Officer, Alberta Health Services. Judith then asked for the three police officers for their business cards. Constable Compton said “you need to be more polite.” Judith replied with “please.” All three of the officers said they did not have to give her their cards but Constable Compton did. The police did not ask or listen to Judith regarding anything or write anything down.
After they took everything out of Judith’s van Greg said that because of her resistance that she would be getting nothing back and that they would be going out to the farm to charge her.
This report was recorded by Charlene Bishop interviewing Judith Johnson at the University Alberta Hospital on October 26, 2010.