Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
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Local code reveals Denise’s garden in full compliance with the law
Code enforcement officials tried to claim that Denise’s plants were too tall, exceeding the 12-inch limit for plants, and thus had to be removed. But as you will see in the following portion of Tulsa’s Code of Ordinances titled Nuisances Classified, plants exceedingly 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.” (http://library.municode.com).
Denise tried to point this fact out to officials, but they ignored her. She repeatedly tried to show them pictures of her garden and set up meetings to discuss the matter, but they continually refused, ordering her to remove the garden or else face further penalties.
“Every word out of their mouth was, ‘we don’t care,'” said Morrison to NewsOn6.com about how the city treated her when she tried to defend the legitimacy of her garden.
Denise was not about to be steamrolled without a fight, however. Rather than rip out her garden, she decided to call the police, who issued her a citation in order to have the issue worked out at a later day in court. But before the postponed hearing could even take place, code enforcement officials, in violation of both the court order and the city’s own laws, arrived at Denise’s house and proceeded to forcefully remove every single plant from both her front and back yards.
Several days later, Denise, who had left her house following the incident, came back to see the aftermath of what had taken place. The destruction was so severe that Denise sat in her driveway and cried for several minutes before eventually leaving.
“Not only are the plants my livelihood, they’re my food and I was unemployed at the time and had no food left, no medicine left, and I didn’t have insurance,” said Morrison about her garden. “They basically took away my life and my livelihood.”
Americans need to start standing up and defending their freedoms against government terrorists
Denise has since filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city for tyrannizing her and destroying her personal property. Some of her supporters have also set up a Change.org petition demanding that the City of Tulsa replant her garden, compensate her for all losses, and apologize to her for their illegal activities against her (http://www.change.org).
But the incident should not have even occurred in the first place, nor should it have happened to Kimberly Bois of New Hampshire (http://www.naturalnews.com/035336_flowers_HOA_New_Hampshire.html) or Len Gratto of Mission, British Columbia (http://www.naturalnews.com/030983_food_freedom_British_Columbia.html). And Karl Tricamo of Ferguson, Missouri, faces a similar situation as Denise (http://nocostl.com).
The City of Tulsa’s Neighborhood Inspections division, which was responsible for the destruction of Denise’s property, can be reached at (918) 596-7698. Tulsa Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett can be reached at (918) 596-2100 or by visiting: