Recently Jonathan Irish and Stephanie Taylor had their daughter, Cheyenne, removed by the CPS, inditing "being a member of a militia called Oath Keepers" on the rap sheet that the CPS used, along with many other matters that are still to be addressed. Never-the-less, they are both innocent until proven otherwise of any allegations levelled against them, and should be treated as such.
Leaving their case aside, there have been many cases whereby the CPS will use a political excuse to remove a child from parents when evidence of neglect is sketchy at best, but this trend is far more sinister than just the CPS being lazy in its evidence gathering procedures and cutting corners in order to persuade the Family Courts that the removal of a child or children is necessary.
The case of Barry and Cindi Cooper
A precedent is being set whereby a child can be removed from parents for purely political reasons, and this is not the first case whereby this has happened. On 18 March 2010, the CPS removed children in Austin, Texas from the care of their parents, Barry and Candi Cooper, simply because of their political activism, and because they had the temerity to teach their son not to trust the government.
Thomas Jefferson would have considered that instruction entirely reasonable:
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive." – Thomas Jefferson
"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government;… whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights." – Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789
"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories." – Thomas Jefferson
There was no evidence of harm or neglect of the children. They were kept clean, fed a healthy diet, educated, and were happy and well cared for. Even the Travis County Deputy District Attorney, Dayna Blazey, declared the Coopers to be "fit parents, whose children are healthy, happy and 'well cared for', and stating that the kids were not at risk".
But still, the local police used a minor drugs offence (possession of a small amount of marijuana of no more than a couple of grams), and their political affiliations, in order to remove their children from the family home.
“In my 19 years of experience with criminal defense matters, a search warrant for a misdemeanor charge is certainly unusual,” wrote Minnesota attorney Maury D. Beaulier, who had no prior knowledge of the Coopers’ case. “It indicates to me that this is a targeted investigation. It may be targeted because it is believed to be a part of a greater crime or conspiracy, or, perhaps, because there are political motivations at work.”